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.
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.
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.