The Newz Radar
The Himachal Pradesh government and the state tourism department have decided to build India’s first geo-diversity park at Bhagsunag near tourist town McLeodganj Kangra district’s Dharamshala.
The rocks in Bhagsunag are 250 to 300 million years old, originating with the Himalayas. LN Agarwal, former director of the Geological Survey of India, identified these rocks and suggested that a geo-diversity park could be built here.
Agarwal said that these rocks are a great natural treasure for those studying this subject, as well as for research scholars and students. He explained that the folded rocks found in Bhagsunag are of great importance and research on many important subjects will come to the fore. The park will serve as a platform for geological research and educational opportunities.
Vinay Dhiman, Deputy Director of the Tourism Department, confirmed that the proposal was sent to the directorate and has been approved. Signboards and railings related to the geo-diversity park will be installed, conveying all information about the importance of these banded rocks to tourists.
The banded rocks found on the way from Bhagsunag temple to Bhagsu waterfall are millions of years old. The rocks have a tendency to fold or join together and contain particles of cement preparation, which have special importance in the geology of these rocks thousands of years ago. The establishment of India’s first geo-diversity park will not only be a new attraction for tourists but also an important platform for scientific research and geological education.