Mehrangarh Fort and Museum

Chokhelao Garden

Duck under the City Wall and begin the Walking Trail along an aqueduct into the Park
Visiting Rao Jodha Park

Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park lies at the foot of Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur city, Rajasthan’s iconic and best known fort. The Park extends across 70 hectares – about 170 acres – of rocky land surrounding the fort. You can enter the Park from the Visitors Centre 800 metres from the main Fort Gate. You can also walk across the Park starting closer to the Fort or from several other points of entry.

Opening times

April to September - 7am to 6:30pm

October to March - 8am to 5:30pm

Entry

Adults Rs.100/-   Free entry for school Students.

Hire a Naturalist for a guided walk Rs.200/-

The changing seasons

July to October - these are special months because of the rains and the explosion of grasses and desert ephemerals.

October to February - the dry season sets in after October and the Park
has a gaunt, spare beauty through to February as the grasses dry up
and turn golden. This is the best time to walk in the Park because the
weather is pleasant.
April to July - it’s very hot during these months but early mornings are lovely.

Visitors Centre
Housed in a historic Gateway in the City Wall, buy tickets and start the
Walking Trail from here. Facilities include an outdoor café, restrooms,
information and guides. There is also a small souvenir shop and parking
for cars and buses.
What to bring
Good walking shoes to negotiate rocky, uneven terrain. Protection from a strong sun (hats, sunblock) is usually necessary and don’t forget to carry drinking water with you. For birders: birding guides and binoculars.
Enquiries
Please contact our Visitors Centre on +91 95712 71000
or email desertrockpark@gmail.com
Take a ride on the Flying Fox
A guided zip tour around Mehrangarh Fort and
through Rao Jodha Park, the Flying Fox shows visitors aspects of Jodhpur from an exhilarating new aerial perspective – rarely seen parts of Mehrangarh are now safely accessible for the first time.
Go to the Flying Fox website
Around the year at Rao Jodha Park
If you know what to look for, there’s usually
something happening at the Park in every season
February
Orange bignon

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.

March
Desert spurge

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.

July
Monsoon delight

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.

August
Fragrant milkweed

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.

September
Flowers at dusk

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.

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