Having the urge to be close to nature I visited Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park this week. When you live closer to the city you forget how it feels to be closer to nature. We seek other destinations to get the feel of natures breeze, plants, animals and water bodies.
At some point of life, the world's beauty becomes enough - Tony Morrison
If you are visiting Jodhpur, Rajasthan and you want to know or learn or just be closer to nature this is the best place for you.
This park is spread over 72 hectares, you can wander in a landscape of volcanic rock that's been restored and nurtured for native plants from rocky parts of the Thar Desert.
After entering the gates you can see various rock exhibited which are the collection from the Thar Dessert. Some of the rocks have something to do with the sea. They are remnants from a coastline that separate the Madagascar from India 90 million years ago.
At the gates you will see the ticket counter where they will provide you the tickets to enter the park and map of the park. You can ask for a guide too, if you want as they will show you things which you might miss when you go alone.
The paper guide has all the information about the park and the plants and animals found in the park which you will be able to see if you visit the park at right time which is from April to September and from October to March.
From the entrance gate if you are with a guide you won't be facing any problem. But if you are alone you can either follow the map which is little difficult to understand or you can follow the trails and arrows you will see along the way. I would suggest you to follow the arrows and the walking trails as its easy way to see the main points of the park.
There are Four different trails which you can follow. All are provided a unique color to differentiate each part of the park. Like Yellow Trail- Gully Trail, Green -City Walk Trail, Red- Starting From Gate2 and the Sandy Plot, Blue- Devkund Trail.
You can choose any color trail you want to follow. This really feels like you are going for a treasure hunt as you follow the arrows and walking trails you find unique dessert plants and reptiles.
I would suggest to follow the yellow and blue trails as it covers the most part of the park. You can switch your trail any time you want.
This trail drops the visitors down behind the Visitors center into an old stromwater canal. For the first 200m the Gully forms a narrow canyon of rocks, then gradually opens up to reveal the Fort and a beautiful rocky habitat.
While following the walking trails you can visit the the Ranisar Lake which is a beautiful scenic spot with the beautiful view of fort on the right and the scenic view of lake on left.
You will see huge landmarks which has the information about a certain plant or reptile which can be found at that area.
You can learn about the plants flowers and reptiles found in dessert by reading the information on these landmarks.
If you visit the park around February its the spring season, you can see beautiful flowers in park.
After finishing the visit you will end up either at Gate 1 or Gate 2. You will be on the main road from where you can go back to the entrance gate. You can visit the Visitors center at the entrance.
The gateway was restored and the Centre completed in February of 2011. The Centre houses a nature shop, cafe, interpretation gallery and a unique rocky garden. It is a good place to relax.
Ticket cost : Rs.100 /- for adults
Guided Walk Cost : Rs. 200/- for adults
Morning Walk Cost : Rs. 200/- for adults
Google map : https://goo.gl/maps/T58DKsjsqJH2
Booking Morning Walks: Call +91 9571271000 (a day in advance)
While in Rao Jodha Park ....
Observe these rules:
- Stay on the paths. It is safer for you and also protects plants from being trodden on.
- Wear comfortable walking shoes for uneven, rocky terrain.
- Note that hats to keep sun off, insect repellent, drinking water and a good sunscreen are useful all year around.
- Be as quite as possible. It is your best chance of seeing interesting birds and other animals.
- Be considerate towards other walking and nature-lovers who you meet in the park.
- If you feel lost in the park somehow. Follow the yellow trail it will make you reach the entrance.
- Bring your ID proof with you.
- Leave any sort of litter behind.
- Spit or relieve yourself inside the park.
- Pluck, break,collect or cause any damage to plants.
- Throw stones inside the park.
- Feed birds, ants, dogs or any other creature inside the park.
- Bring any seed or plant anything inside the park.
- Visit the park with a group or family .You can't visit the park if you are a unmarried couple alone .
- You can book early morning walks . These allows you to visit park at the best time of the day.