Location: 17 K.M. from the main Jaisalmer city near Barmer Road
How to reach: Take a cab or share an Auto-rickshaw
Importance: Fossil remains of Jurassic era till 130 million
If you are done with history then Akal Fossil Park is the place to be.
For, it takes you beyond History. It takes you back to the prehistoric
Jurassic era, which is, hold your breath, 180 million years back! It is
a fossil park where stood a forest 180 millions years ago. Then the area
submersed in to the sea and the tree trunks got preserved in the form of
The fossil trunks lie scattered in this park. Fossilized tree trunks
are of various sizes with the largest being 13 meters in length and 1.5
meters in width. Covering about 10 sq. Km of bare hillside, the Fossil
Park contains 25 petrified trunks, in total. The 21-hectare preserved
area of the park lies about 17 Km from Jaisalmer on the road to Barmer.
If you happen to be a Conservationist or a Geologist by chance, try to
get there early. Get there before tourists come pouring in. You will
have to seek prior permission in order to study the remains.