What are some facts about India that Indians are generally unaware of? by Venkatesh Baskar
Answer by Venkatesh Baskar:
India has its very own Jurassic park that many people are unaware of. Balasinor Dinosaur fossil park in Gujarat is the home to one of the largest collection of dinosaur fossils and eggs in the world.
It is the world’s third largest Dinosaur excavation site with Dinosaur fossils dating back to 66 million years. There are remains of dinosaurs are present in this park.
Paleontologists believe that nearly 13 species of dinosaurs lived here. In fact, researchers have uncovered fossils of about 10,000 dinosaur eggs, making Raiyoli village in Balasinor the third largest hatchery in the world.
This is the only site in the world where tourists can both touch the dinosaurs remains, and hold a fossil egg of over 65 million years old in their hands.
Balasinor is about one and a half hours drive from Ahmedabad. One can travel to Ahmedabad on flights or by train. There’s Garden Palace, a heritage hotel property run by the former rulers of Balasinor, the Babi family, where you can stay.
Unfortunately, this site hasn’t been developed as a tourist attraction. It took over five years to build a museum next to it. This place seems pretty much abandoned. It is sad that the fossils were discovered three decades ago, yet they have not received due attention. Sadly, most of us don’t even know the existence of this site.