The Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park was developed in 2006, with the aim of restoring the natural ecology of a large rocky wasteland area next to the Fort. Neglected for many years, it was overrun by an invasive thorny shrub. After the shrub was eradicated, over 80 native species of rock-loving plants from the Thar desert were grown there. The Park extends across 70 hectares (around 200 acres) of rehabilitated land and has a walking trail. It’s interesting to explore at different times of the year, as its foliage changes with the seasons.
How To Reach
Where to go at Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park
The Visitors Centre
Plants grown mostly from seed collected from the desert are grown in our Nursery situated behind the ‘Piao’, on your way down from the Fort. You are welcome to visit. We hope one day to be able to offer plants for sale.
Around the year at Rao Jodha Park
Rohido (Tecomella undulata) or desert teak comes into fragrant orange bloom at a time when most other trees in the Thar are still dormant in late winter or early spring.
Thhor (Euphorbia caducifolia) or leafless spurge is a reliable indicator of rocky substrates in the Thar and one of its emblematic plants. The curious flowers are splashes of bright scarlet.
Missi (Striga gesnerioides) or cowpea witchweed is a parasite on the roots of thhor but does it no harm. Its pretty pink flowers are elusive but delightful early in the rains.
Kheer kheemp (Sarcostemma acidum)
or rambling milkweed dispenses with leaves altogether but puts forth beautiful, scented white flowers at the butt-ends of its succulent twigs.
Vajradanti (Barleria acanthoides) or spiny white barleria has pure white, long-tubed flowers that open at dusk. You will find them lying flat and spent when you see them in the morning.
Timing,Entry Cost And Location
Location: At the foot of Mehrangarh Fort. Enter from the Visitors’ Center, 800 meters from the Fort’s main gate.
Entry Cost: 30 rupees for adults, 10 rupees for students.
Opening Hours: April to September – 7am to 7 pm
October to March – 8am to 6pm