This was the site of the largest fossil find in
the Siwalik hills. The park has a museum and life-size models of
the animals that once roamed these tracts.
Suketi Fossil Park
is located at a distance of 21 km from Nahan
in Himachal Pradesh. Nahan itself is situated in the district of
Suketi Fossil park is one of its own kind in entire Asian region
since it is the only one where a park has been created at the actual
site of excavation. The excavation unearthed here include fossils and
skeleton of pre historic animals. Presently the park displays six sets
of life size models of animal fossils. There is one of the extinct
Grand Elephant (Stegodonganesa Sivatherium), one of a Hippopotamus
with six incisors (Hexaprotodon-Sivalensis) and yet another one of
Giant Land Tortoise (Colosschelys Atlas). The rest of the three life
size model of fossil include Paramachaerdus or the Sabre Toothed tiger
These fossils are great for a paleontologists, those who study the
forms of life existing in prehistoric or geologic times with the help
of fossils of plants, animals and other organisms. These fossils
enable the paleonthologists to retrieve the hidden facts about the
evolution of pre historic times, the climate as well as the
environment of that era.
The surrounding area of the park is
occupied by plantation fields.There is also a museum that is
extremely attractive. The exhibits here quiet obviously include
fossils. However, apart from it, there are also numerous models,
charts and paintings concerning the bygone and the current plant and
animal life of the Shivalik Range.
A government run cafeteria provides the much needed refreshment for
the tourists. The park can be reached by taking up the link road Kalka-Ambala
which is around 4 km from Haryana.