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  • A trip to India's only gem and mineral museum: Gargoti Mineral Museum, Nasik!

    Minna Bansal
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    Gargoti Museum
    As an avid rock and gem enthusiast, when I heard of the Gargoti Museum in Nasik, I knew I had to check it out. Famous as India's only gem, mineral and fossil museum, it is also the world's biggest private gem and mineral collection! I couldn't wait to see if it lived up to hype!
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    Gargoti Museum
    Easy to locateNeat clean surroundings
    It was about an hour's drive away from Nasik town, and quite easy to locate. The entry fee is Rs 500 per person, and includes a guided tour. In general, museum tours may be a hit or a miss, so my fingers were crossed !
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    Gargoti Museum
    Well informed cordial guide
    The entrance foyer of the museum was quite grand, with two circular flights of stairs going up and a beautiful sculpture in the centre. We met our tour guide who was warm and enthusiastic, and started the tour with a brief history of the museum.
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    Gargoti Museum
    Massive sizes of geode collection
    The guide told us that the museum houses one of the largest Zeolite collections. Zeolites are a type of mineral that were formed during the cooling of lava, creating beautiful crystal formations inside black basalt rocks of the Deccan Plateau.
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    Gargoti Museum
    Some of the mineral formations were just massive, huge boulders laid out on the ground in the main lobby. They were like huge sculpture or art pieces!
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    Gargoti Museum
    We started our tour first looking at very large , almost child sized geode collections. Our guide told us in detail about each and tried to teach us how to identify different kinds. The mineral formations we saw were absolutely stunning, unlike anything else I had seen before!
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    Gargoti Museum
    It was really hard to choose a favourite! The crystals were all labeled with their geological names and where they had been found. This was Green Apophyllite with Stilbite on Heulandite Base excavated from a well pocket in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra.
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    Gargoti Museum
    All of the formations were so intricate and intriguing that I spent a lot of time observing each one. There were often 3 or 4 different kinds of mineral formations that existed within each other. I had never seen so many cool rocks before!
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    Gargoti Museum
    There were hundreds of different kinds of formations, each more beautiful than the previous. I tried to keep up with the names of all the rocks but it was hard! Our guide though was thoroughly well versed. This was Apophyllite with Stilbite.
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    Gargoti Museum
    There was a whole range of different colours and textures of all kinds - round, scale like, needles, flat sheets, etc. It was lovely to see a lot of precious stones in their raw, unpolished states, like rubies and emeralds and amethysts!
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    Gargoti Museum
    Apophyllite with Stilbite in green colour!
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    Gargoti Museum
    I found it really cool that all these crystals were 'found'. Excavation for Zeolites is not allowed, and the entire collection in the museum was of these treasures that were found accidentally during construction or other processes!
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    Gargoti
    Most of the mineral collection was from around Maharashtra, but there was also an entire segment dedicated to minerals collected from different parts of the world. They came in the most fascinating colours, shapes and forms!
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    Gargoti Museum
    One of my favourite colours is green and I was immediately drawn to the Peridot from Pakistan. It really was an amazing collection, such a big museum rising out of one man's hobby and passion!
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    Gargoti
    Mesmerized by the vast collection of stones, I was sad to leave. But not without a visit to the gift shop! Some of the stones were up for sale and after getting a few for friends and family, it was time to leave.

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