Indroda Dinosaur and Fossil Park: The Jurassic Park of India
Having the opportunity to stay put in Ahmedabad, Gujarat for a day, I quickly picked up a few places to pay a visit and enjoy a day’s trip in and around the city. Indroda Dinosaur and Fossil Park was among the must-visit places that I could not afford to skip. Spread over 428 hectares of land, it is described as the second largest hatchery of dinosaur eggs in the world. Run by Gujarat Ecological Education and Research Foundation, this nature park located by the banks of the Sabarmati river, is known as the Jurassic Park of India.
Fossilized Dinosaur and Dinosaur Eggs
Though known as the Jurassic Park, the fossils of the body parts of dinosaurs and dinosaur eggs housed in this park dates from the later Cretaceous period which means the fossils are 66 million years old. Various skeletal parts of dinosaurs and fossilized eggs can be seen and photographed. However, touching is strictly prohibited. The fossils were found in the Songhir Bagh Basin, the Himatnagar basin of Balasinor, south-eastern parts of Kheda, Panchmahal and Vadodara districts of Gujarat.
Life-Size Dinosaur Models
Indroda Nature Park boasts of some amazing life-sized models of the species of dinosaurs that are assumed to have treaded over the region 66 million years ago. The dinosaurs that are on display here include Tyrannosaurus rex, Megalosaurus, Titanosaurus, Barapasaurus, Brachiosaurus, Antarctosaurus, Stegosaurus and Iguanodon. These life-size models – one of the major attractions of the park – are created by the students of MSU Faculty of Fine Arts.
The whole park has a lot of bamboo plantations. It’s a good place for a decent study of bamboo plants. Depending on the season, various stages of bamboo growth can be spotted – bamboo shoots, the colours of the various phases of bamboo growth, new and aged bamboo – those who are interested in studying plants would find it interesting.
Waterbodies are common in any nature park. Here the artificial ponds add more power to the natural habitation. Lotus is cultivated in the waterbodies and they look naturally beautiful. Also, some life-size models of dinosaurs are installed on some of the banks of waterbodies.
There are innumerable cat fishes to spot. The shoals are huge and they keep streaking past the shore. When staffs come to feed them, it happens to be an incredible sight. I did not have my professional camera with me and hence, I could not take proper pictures of the cat fishes. Here’s a miniscule glimpse of the cat fishes that I clicked with my mobile camera. Bear with it 🙁
The entire park has various species of plants, herbs, shrubs and trees. Walking in the park seems like walking in the midst of woods. It was since 1970 that the Forest Department of Gujarat had started planting trees over the area of the park. Today, Indroda Dinosaur and Fossil Park stands as one of the most beautiful man-made forests of the country. The dense population of trees provides an adequate ambience to the park. Hiking around the park is really enjoyable.
Apart from the Dinosaur section, the mammal section also attracts visitors. The nature park also houses tiger, leopard and deers.
Quite naturally, various birds can be seen around the park. Also, there is an aviary section at one corner of the park which boasts of various kinds of birds, including white peafowl. Pigeons and Indian doves are common throughout the park.
There is also a small reptile section within the park that has caged snakes, including python. Other sections of interest are the Earth section, Avifauna section and Marine section.
Beware of langoors! There are too many and they are best to be avoided. It’s always better to stay away and not to disturb them by any means. Sitting back and watching their notorious acts could rather be interesting.
Indroda Dinosaur and Fossil Park is a nice place to hang out, sit back and enjoy the natural setting. It’s a very simple, subtle and small nature park that can be visited along with family and friends to spend a couple of hours. If you want to relax and take some cool nature clicks, then you won’t regret visiting this nature park near Ahmedabad.
How to Reach
The nearest airport is Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Airport in Ahmedabad (27 km). The nearest railway station is Ahmedabad station (27 km). Ahmedabad is well connected by road. Bus services, cabs, tour operators are easily available.
Best Time to Visit
Indroda Dinosaur and Fossil Park can be visited throughout the year. However, October-March is the best time to visit the park.