Balasinor – Abode of India’s Jurassic Park

Population:  42,000
Average Climate

Summer: 30°C – 44°C
Winter: 12°C – 28°C

Best Time to visit: October to March

Tourist Attraction In Balasinor

Balasinor, Situated in the Kheda district of the West Indian state of Gujarat, is a small town. Also known as Vadasinor, it was established during the 18th century.The town is a fantastic tourist destination of Gujarat, that has still kept intact its old-world charm. It has number of temples, monuments and other attractions, which prove to be a treat to the eyes of the tourists.This small town becomes lively during enthusiastic celebration of several Hindu festivals. These festivals are held high for promoting the feelings of unity and brotherhood. Navaratri is one of the most popular festival that is celebrated with full zeal and passion. The locals take part in Dandiya and Garba, the famous dances of the state.Uttrayan, Kite Fest, Diwali, Holi and Dussehra are some of the other popular festivals.

Places Of Interest

Balasinor Fossil Park

Balasinor Fossil Park: Referred to as the India’s Jurassic Park, Balasinor Fossil Park is located in Raiyoli village. Raiyoli Dinosaur Fossil Excavation Site contains fossilized eggs, bones and other remains of the Dinosaurs. In this fossil park, the remains of around 13 species of dinosaurs have also been found. Here you can see the fossils and eggs in their natural form.

The Garden Palace

The Garden Palace:The extremely beautiful Garden Palace, built in 1883 by Nawab Saheb Manover Khanji Babi. It is known for its well-manicured gardens and is also a well-known tourist attraction. Now transformed into a heritage hotel, the palace boasts of a royal ambiance and striking interiors as well as exteriors. Just a few walks away is the Choti Baadi, a building consisting of royal mausoleums. Out of these, the oldest one is around 400-yrs old. The palace is just 20 minutes away from the Dinosaur site.

Wanakbori Dam
Wanakbori Dam: Located close to the Garden Palace is the Wanakbori Dam, created on the Mahi river. This place is quite popular amongst locals and tourists. The dam site offers a panoramic view of the reservoir, mainly during the monsoon season.
Timba Tuva
Timba Tuva: The natural hot water sulphur springs of Timba Tuva is not a popular place of interest for the tourists but is also believed to have medicinal properties. It is said that that waters of this natural spring can miraculously cure rheumatism and arthritis. This site is also associated with an ancient folklore that says during their exile, the Pandava brothers of Mahabharata, had spent some years here. This is the very site where Bhima had married Hadimba. There are footprints of Bhima can be seen and there is a wedding Mandap, made out of stone.
Champaner
Champaner: Champaner is around 50 km away from Balasinor. This small village is home to some 1000-yr old well-preserved Hindu and Jain temples. There are a number of mosques, forts and palaces as well. In 2004, Champaner was declared the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The site became popular after being nominated in Oscar for Bollywood movie Lagaan