Dino Delight: A trip from Ahmedabad to Balasinor Dinosaur Fossil Park and Museum
Step into the Mesozoic Era with a trip to Balasinor in Gujarat and uncover the wonders of the world's second-largest dinosaur fossil park. This thrilling adventure park is approximately 100 km away from Ahmedabad.
So, if you've been looking for an adventurous getaway, this is your sign! Immerse yourself in the thrilling world of dinosaurs at the Balasinor Dinosaur Fossil Park and let the past roar loud.
Historical roots: A princely state's surprising legacy
Balasinor, once a princely state under the Babi dynasty of the Pashtun tribe, has etched its name on the world map of paleontology. The town's metamorphosis into a haven for dinosaur enthusiasts began in the early 1980s when geologists, in search of lime reserves for a cement plant, stumbled upon a geological marvel.
Dinosaur bones and fossils of at least 13 different species were unearthed during routine surveys, sparking a revolution in scientific understanding.
A Jurassic haven in Gujarat!
The Balasinor Dinosaur Fossil Park, sprawling across 72 hectares, boasts one of the world's largest clusters of dinosaur hatcheries. The soft soil, conducive to egg hatching, and the protective environment facilitated the preservation of fossils for over 100 million years. The park is a testament to the thriving dinosaur communities that once roamed the region until their extinction 66 million years ago.
Guided tours are highly recommended to navigate the vast park and witness the fossilized remains, including femurs, eye holes, tibia fibulas, vertebrae, egg scales, claws, and even wood fossils. Life-sized statues of iconic dinosaurs like T-Rex and Brontosaurus vividly recreate the prehistoric ambiance, offering visitors a glimpse into the ancient world.
A Jurassic learning experience: Balasinor's Dinosaur Museum
Adjacent to the fossil park, the dinosaur museum delves deeper into the history of dinosaurs, particularly those found in Gujarat. Spread over 25,000 square feet, the museum comprises ten galleries that showcase various exhibits, films, and interactive displays. a 3D film on rajasaurus narmadensis captures the imagination, while other galleries elucidate the evolution of dinosaurs in india and gujarat.
The museum is not just a haven for history buffs; it caters to families with children through an amusing dino fun area, an interactive time machine, and a souvenir shop. With detailed sculptures and a replica of the mesozoic habitat, the museum takes visitors on a captivating journey back in time.
Location: Raiyoli, Balasinor
Ticket price details:
Entry fees: Children - Rs 30/-, Adult - Rs 70/-, Foreign tourist - Rs 400/-
Professional camera: Rs - 700/-, 5-D Theater: Rs 50/-, VR films: Rs 50/-