Shivalik Fossil Park, Simaour near Trilokpur in Himachal Pradesh.
Pack your bags, grab your cameras and get ready for a prehistoric adventure like no other!
Introducing the Shivalik Fossil Park, also known as the Suketi Fossil Park, where the past comes back to life and the present takes a backseat.
This notified National Geo-heritage Monument is home to Asia’s biggest collection of prehistoric vertebrate fossils and skeletons.
But before you get all excited, let’s just say that the park is a little rough around the edges. It’s not exactly the lush green oasis you might expect. There’s hardly anything to suggest it being a park, just some wild shrubs and bushes with some forest trees in between. But don’t let that discourage you!
The real gems of this park are the life-size fiberglass models of extinct mammals, including the Mammoth, Giant Turtle, Crocodile, Four Horned Giraffe, and Sabre. These models are a true work of art and will transport you back to the Plio-Pleistocene era (circa 2.5 million years).
Don’t forget to check out the museum inside the park, which has some interesting displays of fossils. However, photography is not allowed inside, so make sure to snap some shots of the fiberglass models outside.
The park was established in 1974 by the Geological Survey of India, in association with the Government of Himachal Pradesh, with the intention of preserving the fossil site and the fossils from being indiscriminately extracted and vandalized. It was also intended to provide prehistoric period scientific information for scholarly research. Scientists believe that the Shivalik Hills, which formed about twenty-five million years ago, show the evolution of mankind. The mammalian fossils found in the Shiwaliks of this park are one of the world’s richest antiquities.
So, what are you waiting for? Come and join us on this prehistoric adventure and let’s explore the past together! Just make sure to watch your step, we wouldn’t want you to accidentally step on a Crocodile.”