Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park, Rajasthan, India

This 72-hectare park – and model of intelligent ecotourism – sits in the lee of Mehrangarh. It has been lovingly restored and planted with native species to show the natural diversity of the region. The park is criss-crossed with walking trails that take you up to the city walls, around Devkund Lake, spotting local birds, butterflies and reptiles. For an extra insight into the area’s native flora and fauna, take along one of the excellent local guides.

Walks here are the perfect restorative if the Indian hustle has left you in need of breathing space. Visit in early in the morning or in the late afternoon for the most pleasant temperatures. The visitors centre is thoughtfully put together, and there’s a small cafe too.

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