Did you know that Gujarat is home to one of the largest collection of dinosaur fossils and eggs in the world? Well, here’s your chance to have an adventure in our very own “Jurassic Park”! Visit the Indroda Dinosaur and Fossil Park to get a glimpse into the life of this fascinating species.
Gujarat is famous for many things – the Garba, the food, the Rann of Kachh, the colourful clothes, the rich culture, and the Dinosaurs! Surprised? Don’t be! Gujarat is one of the few states in India which has a huge wealth of fossilized dinosaur remains.
Indroda Dinosaur and Fossil Park in Gandhinagar has the second largest hatchery of dinosaur eggs in the world. It was set up by the Geological Survey of India and is the only dinosaur museum in the country. It is run by Gujarat Ecological and Research Foundation (GEERI).
The park has also been called India’s Jurassic park, though the fossils are from the later Cretaceous period. Located in Gadhinagar, the Forest Department of Gujrat started the plantation and renovation work in 1970. Today, the plantation is one of the most beautiful man-made forests in the country.
The park is spread across 428 hectares. It has various sections like Dinosaur and Fossil Section, Mammal Section, Avifauna Section, Walk-in aviary, Reptile Section, Earth Section, Marine Section, Plant Section and Botanical Garden. The park also has various life-size dinosaur statues along with the period in which they existed. The eggs showcased in the park are of various sizes, ranging from duck eggs to cannon balls. Each egg can weigh more than a human being. The eggs tell you that about 65 million years ago, the park could have been the hangout of the dinosaurs.
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The dinosaurs that are on display here include Tyrannosaurus rex, Megalosaurus, Titanosaurus, Barapasaurus, Brachiosaurus, Antarctosaurus, Stegosaurus and Iguanodon.
The students of MSU Faculty of Fine Arts have prepared the life – sized models of dinosaurs that freely roamed these parts of the world. The visitors can take pictures of the eggs and fossils but are not allowed to touch them.
The fossils were found in the Songhir Bagh Basin, the Himatnagar basin of Balasinor, south-eastern parts of Kheda, Panchmahal and Vadodara districts of the state.
Various animals and birds like tiger, leopard, deers and peacocks are some of the other attractions of the park which is situated on the banks of river Sabarmati.
How to reach there?
The park is located on National Highway 8C, Dholakuva, Gandhinagar, Gujarat 382421. The nearest airport to Gandhinagar is the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Airport in Ahmedabad, which is located at a distance of 27 kilometres (roughly a half an hour drive) from Gandhinagar.
The Ahmedabad Railway Station is the nearest railway station to Gandhinagar and is located at a distance of 27 kilometres from Gandhinagar.
Gandhinagar is also well connected with roads from various cities in and around Guajrat. October to March is the best time to visit the park.