Ghughua Fossil Park
The Ghughua/Ghughwa Fossil National Park in Dindori district of Madhya Pradesh is a unique destination in India. It has been blessed with priceless treasure of plant fossils belonging to 31 genera of 18 plant families. These fossils existed between 40 million and 150 million years ago.
Usually most of the plant and animal fossils have no living relatives, but here many of these fossil plants have living relatives which occur in the Western Ghants, Sikkim, northeast India, Africa,Madagascar and Australia. Fossils of Eucalyptus trees, found here are native to Australia which indicates of time when Great Gondwana Supercontinent was existing on earth. Other fossilized plants includes ancient Date Palm, Jamun, Banana, Rudraksh and Aonla. In addition to this, fossils of some shell bearing animals have also been found which indicates that, in past, this region was much more humid and receives more rainfall.
One of the main advantage is its close proximity to the Bandhavgarh and Kanha National Parks.
In Ghughua fossil park, one can see fossils showcased in open platforms on a self-guided, interpreted fossil trail to see the fossils in their natural setting. Informative notes are written next to fossils.
There is also an interpretation centre which has comprehensive information on the fossils found here.
Best time to visit
July – March