The Rao Jodha Desert Park surrounds the Mehrangarh Fort at Jodhpur in the state of Rajasthan in India.

It is an incredible story of THE DESERT BLOOMING and  the interesting  retrieval of a Rocky Desert from the clutches of Invasive weeds /shrubs and trees.

The beautiful all marble Jaswant Thada looks over one of several lakes in the Desert Park along with hundreds of endemic desert flora and fauna.

The Rao Jodha Desert Park
                                                      The Rao Jodha Desert Park

A galaxy of names from Desert Apple, Giant Swallow Wort, Milkweed, Apple of Sodom, Rubber Bush,  ( English) , Ark ( Hindi) , Calotropis Procera ( scientific) are used to address these Desert Blooms.

You can get a vast amount of Information on these beautiful flowers if you Google any of the names mentioned above..

The milky sap it exudes gives it the name Milkyweed, whereas the green apple like fruits give it the name Apple of Sodom.

The rubbery large leaves  of the Ark, however. are used by the camel herders or the RAIKA ( do see my blog on this amazing community) for drinking Camel’s milk.


Not only do these beautiful plants look good they also improve the fertility of the soil by retaining water in the soil.

These beautiful  blossoms along with other parts of the bush ( leaves, roots, bark)  have a  large number of medical uses.

They provide an herbal remedy to  asthma, fevers , paralysis and swellings.

flowers and buds
                                                  Flowers,  Buds and ants.

Nature provides a remedy for all human ailments.

Even the Rocky Deserts of Rajasthan are enchanting provided we take a close look.


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mukul chand

51 year old entrepreneur who has traveled extensively around the world for work and pleasure , is based in New Delhi, India. A passionate traveler born with a love for flora and fauna, is an active naturalist and amateur photographer. Here he shares his unique insight into Incredible India revealing its mysterious and exotic treasures. Writing from his heart he shares his experiences as he crisscrosses this vast and amazing land.

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