Will India's Bagh in Madhya Pradesh become the first UNESCO Global Geopark?

Posted by Team on: Nov 22, 2022

The Bagh Caves, which date from the late 4th to the early 6th century, are the most well-known feature of Bagh, a town in Madhya Pradesh's Dhar region. The Buddhist artwork in these caverns' rock-cut chambers are a draw for history buffs. Apart from that, it's surprising that Bagh doesn't frequently appear on our vacation itineraries from a tourism perspective. But everything could soon change.

Bagh has historical relics that are much older than the Buddhist caves. We're discussing dinosaur fossils, ancient sharks, and enormous gymnosperms, to mention a few. As it turned out, the sleepy village of Bagh is home to a vast collection of fossils that date back between 100.5 and 60 million years.

Together, geologists and palaeontologists are compiling a dossier for UNESCO in order to apply for the designation of a global geopark. This is done to save the area's millions of years of geological history, promote tourism, involve local communities, and protect the place.

Bagh will become the first UNESCO Global Geopark in India if it receives approval from UNESCO. The geological history of Bagh is so extensive and rich that for a long time the residents paid little attention to the fossils that are literally strewn across the town.

Bagh satisfies all requirements for the UNESCO designation, and perhaps by the end of the year, India will have its first Global Geopark designation.

the fossilised bones of both carnivorous and herbivorous dinosaurs, well preserved dinosaur eggs, basaltic columns, and several-foot-long sharks and other uncommon marine species. Due to all of these discoveries, a sizable portion of Bagh was designated as a Dinosaur Fossil National Park in 2011. As we wait for the UNESCO tag.