A gigantic dinosaur rises up over the horizon, its large mouth agape in a silent roar or is that a huge smile? :-D A terrifyingly friendly welcome, deep within Raiyoli, a remote village of India.
'Meet the Rajasaurus narmadensis which means the Regal Reptile of the Narmada', proudly says my host, the equally regal Princess Aaliya. With her dark eyes flashing with a fierce passion and her long tresses flowing down her back, she is attired in a neat blue shirt, denims, scarf and her signature hat, boots and cane, looking as cool as a cucumber. I on the other hand, delicate and spoiled by my Bangalore climate, am sweating in the September heat and humidity of Gujarat, which however has not deterred me from being drawn with fascination to this place that I recently came to know about.
Raiyoli lies near Balasinor, which to my ears rhymes with Dinosaur :-D which is a town in the district of Mahisagar, in the Western state of Gujarat in India.
The Dinosaur Park at Raiyoli, is one of India's mighty treasures that has been unearthed a few years ago but still remains relatively unknown to many.
Come let us step on the land that our prehistoric creatures walked on millions of years ago and let us unearth the secrets that it holds, ably guided by Princess Aaliya who is the authority and honorary guardian of this fascinating site.
About Princess Aaliya -
Nawabzadi Aaliya Sultana Babi belongs to the Babi royal family that ruled the erstwhile princely state of Balasinor prior to Indian independence. The family now resides in the Garden Palace Balasinor, which is also a Heritage homestay.
Right from her childhood she developed a fascination for dinosaurs and used to be quite intrigued by these gigantic creatures.