India Gets First Ever Dinosaur Museum, Fossil Park in Gujarat

Friday, June 14, 2019

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani recently inaugurated India’s first Dinosaur Museum and Fossil Park at Raiyoli village near Mahisagar district’s Balasinor town. 

The park is now open to the public.

Raiyoli village is the third largest in the world and is known to be the second largest dinosaur hatchery, from where around 10,000 dinosaur eggs were found. It is widely believed that the place and other spots surrounding it used to be a dwelling place for these gigantic creatures.

During the inauguration, the Chief Minister revealed that the state government would be allocating Rs 10 crore to promote this spot internationally for tourism. He added that Gujarat will soon feature on the world tourism map, and that this museum will be its latest addition.

The museum features around 50 sculptures of dinosaurs, including one life-size Rajasaurus narmadensis, the fossil that was found in Gujarat.

It also has 3D projections installed, which will provide a 360 degree virtual reality presentation. It will have gaming consoles, interactive kiosks, and many other high-end facilities.

Further, the museum will have detailed information on dinosaurs—from its origin to extinction.