From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Nickname(s): Land of Achievers
Balasinor is located in Gujarat
Balasinor is located in India
Location in Gujarat, India
Coordinates: 22°57′N 73°20′E / 22.95°N 73.33°E / 22.95; 73.33Coordinates: 22°57′N 73°20′E / 22.95°N 73.33°E / 22.95; 73.33
Country  India
State Gujarat
District Balasinor
Elevation 72 m (236 ft)
Population (2014)
 • Total 42,000
 • Official Gujarati, Hindi, Urdu, English
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 388255
Telephone code 02690
Vehicle registration GJ 07 to GJ35

Balasinor[1]Balasinor (also referred to as Vadasinor) is a City located in the Mahisagar district, Balasinor is sortly in Gujarat new 34th District Gujarat, India. Formerly a princely state of the Babi dynasty belonging to Babai (Pashtun tribe), it was created on 28 September 1758[2] out of the Junagadh Babis (famously related to Parveen Babi of Bollywood fam


Balasinor State was founded in the 18th century. The rulers were titled Nawab Babi.[3]


Balasinor is located at 22°57′N 73°20′E / 22.95°N 73.33°E / 22.95; 73.33, on the National Highway Number 59 and the Gujarat State Highway Number 2.


As of the 2001 Indian census,[4] Balasinor had a population of 33,704.

It had a literacy rate of 70.5% and a ratio of 940 women for every 1000 men. 12.6% of the population was between the ages 0 to 6. A large section of the population has migrated to cities since India's independence. For example a recent telephone directory of the migrated Dashanima Vanik people (a trader caste of Vaishnava sect) shows some 3,000 households in Mumbai comprising 120+ pages and some 15,000 people, where there are only five pages for Balasinor proper in the directory.[5][6] As witnessed by his sister,[7] even the son of the Nawab of this former princely state has migrated to Mumbai to "pursue his career". In fact when one visits Balasinor one is struck by the large sections of the town that have buildings sitting empty especially along the main Vhora trader street.

According to Chambers's Concise Gazetteer Of The World from 1914, the population of Balasinor town was approximately 9,000 at the time.

India's Jurassic Park[edit]

In the early 1980s, palaeontologists stumbled upon dinosaur bones and fossils during a regular geological survey of this mineral-rich area.[8] The find sent ripples of excitement through neighbouring villages and many residents picked up fossilised eggs, brought them home and worshipped them. Since then excavations have thrown up a veritable trove of dinosaur remains—eggs, bones, a skeleton which is now kept in a Calcutta (Kolkata) museum—bringing hordes of scientists and tourists to Balasinor.

Piecing together the evidence in Balasinor, researchers now believe that Gujarat is home to one of the largest clutch of dinosaur hatcheries in the world. At least 13 species of dinosaurs lived here, possibly for more than 100 million years until their extinction some 66 million years ago. The soft soil made hatching and protecting eggs easier for the animals. So well-protected are the fossilised eggs found here that many researchers call them the best-preserved eggs in the world after the ones found in Aix-en-Provence in France.

These fossilised dinosaur remains have triggered what tourism officials of the Gujarat state call "Dinosaur Tourism".Princess Aaliya also called the Dinosaur Princess conducts guided tours of the fossil park.[8][9]