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Akal Wood Fossil Park, Jaisalmer

One of the most sought after heavens for history lovers is "Land of Rajasthan". Every lane of Rajasthan is a testimony to this. People come to this colourful land to cherish the royalties and glorious past of India.

If history is only sought, there is something here which is much older than the history itself. YES, this place has been a testimony to Jurassic age, to be honest pre Jurassic Era. History buff inside me was getting curious as we were approaching "Akal Wood Fossil Park".

Get ready to take a plunge beyond History. Akal Wood Fossil Park takes you back to the pre Jurassic era, 180 million years back! In this area, once stood a forest 180 millions years ago. Then the area submerged in to the sea and the tree trunks got preserved in the form of fossils.

The fossils of trees' trunks are preserved in this park, just like mummies in many parts of the world.

Witness to pre-Jurassic Era
This fossil park is spread in 10 sq, km. and 21-hectares is preserved area for 25 fossilized tree trunks. Fossilized tree trunks are of various sizes with the largest being 13 meters in length and 1.5 meters in width. 

Red Wood and Teak wood fossils, just at the entrance of the park:

From a distance it was difficult to believe that the above fossils were wood, once upon a time. When I tried to feel the surface, the texture was very smooth - not unlike any stone. Marks created by any woodpecker like bird are clearly visible, lets have a look from close up:


A seed from that era which also got preserved along with the trees:




If you feel lonely while roaming around, do not worry there are a few EMUs in the park too. Do not worry they are friendly to visitors:

Akal Wood Fossil Park is situated at a distance of 17 km. from Jaisalmer on Barmer road. Shared autos and busses ply on this route. One can also book an auto to and fro for Rs. 350/-. Autos/ vehicles are allowed to go inside the park for a very nominal charge.

Enjoy the journey to the pre Jurassic era. Akal Wood Fossil Park is definitely  must visit in Jaisalmer itinerary.





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