Special Mention: Apart from the sparrows, the second most unforgettable experience on our trip was the trek in ‘Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park’; with a super humble naturalist, Sachin Sharma; a person who’ll simply walk towards you and you’ll suddenly get strong positive vibes. You feel humbled and closer to ground when you come to know that this beautiful place was once just a dead place with wild plants. After years of efforts of conservation by 13 naturalists and 50 labourers of the village community, have made it what it is today. Trust me, I am not an avid wild-life follower and I was hence in extreme awe of the beautiful birds and wild-life inhabited here.
“Why are you still here in Jodhpur?”
“Because this is my place of birth and after spending most of my childhood watching Nat Geo and adoring nature, I thought this to be the most humbling and beautiful place to work.” he said, picking up plastic bags and wafer packets and stuffing them into his cargo pant pockets. This looked just like how we pick up clothes and other rubbish on the way, when people visit our apartment. This was his beloved home.
The natural structures and the designs on the rocks happened due to the 750 million year old volcanic eruptions, simply blowed our mind. I think it was a 4km easy trek, which led you to a point where you can see the Meherangarh Fort and Jaswant Thada together. Simply amazing.
After coming back to Ahmedabad, I still remembered that he has shared with us about the the director and chief restorer of the place, Mr. Pradip Krishen; really knowledgable and sensitive to nature. When I googled him, I found that he’s Arundhati Roy’s (novelist, activist) husband. (Wild WOAH).