Ghughua Fossil Park

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Ghughua Fossil Park, nestled near Shahpura in Madhya Pradesh, India, is a unique destination for fossil enthusiasts. It boasts plant fossils dating back a staggering 65 million years! This park is like a time capsule, preserving evidence of ancient plant life. Let’s explore this fascinating place together.

How to Reach

By Air The nearest airport is in Jabalpur, approximately 76 kilometers away. You can hire a taxi or take a bus to the park from there.

By Train Shahpura has a railway station just 14 kilometers from Ghughua. Trains from major cities like Bhopal, Indore, and Jabalpur connect to Shahpura.

By Bus Regular buses ply between Jabalpur and Shahpura. You can also take a local bus or hire a cab from Shahpura to reach the park.

2-Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Fossil Hunt and Museum Visit

Morning: Arrive at Ghughua Fossil Park. Immerse yourself in the lush green surroundings. Afternoon: Explore the open areas where significant fossils have been discovered. Admire fossilized leaves, seeds, and shells. Evening: Visit the on-site museum. Marvel at well-preserved fossils and learn about the park’s history.

  • Day 2: Nature Walk and Offbeat Experiences

Morning: Take a guided nature walk. Spot unique plant species and enjoy the serene ambiance. Afternoon: Discover offbeat places within the park. Look out for hidden fossils and enjoy the tranquility. Evening: Attend local fairs and festivals (if any). Interact with the friendly locals and savor regional delicacies.

Things to Do

Fossil Exploration: Search for ancient plant fossils. Don’t miss the eucalyptus fossil, which supports its Gondwana origins. Photography: Capture the park’s natural beauty and intriguing fossils. Picnic: Pack a picnic basket and enjoy a meal amidst history.

Offbeat Places

Fossilized Streambed: Witness fossilized remnants of an ancient stream.

Palm Grove: Admire the impressive palm fossils that dominate the landscape.


Ghughua Fossil Festival: Celebrated annually, this festival showcases the park’s rich heritage.


Accommodations are limited near the park. Consider staying in Shahpura or Jabalpur and taking day trips to Ghughua.


Sample local Madhya Pradesh cuisine. Don’t miss the traditional dal bafla and poha.

Go Next

Explore Jabalpur’s Marble Rocks and Dhuandhar Falls.