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Reasons to go to Dholavira

1Rann of Kutch - Rann Utsav
Rann of Kutch - Rann Utsav

Why: The white vastness of the salt marsh that is the Rann of Kutch comes alive during the Rann Utsav. The three-month long festival seeps deeply into the colourful culture and heritage of Gujarat. HolidayIQ traveller Nishith shares “If you are travelling to Bhuj during December to March time frame; you must visit Rann Utsav arranged by Gujarat Tourism. There is tent city created over here in which you can rent a tent. Renting a tent is a little bit expensive, but it's worth if you want to experience a night in the white desert.”  

The Utsav is peppered with numerous tents, thriving with a host of activities like camel safaris, horse rides and desert cart rallies. Thronged by locals and tourists, and the rich smell of mouth-watering local cuisine wafting through the air, the Rann Utsav celebrates the enigma and mysticism of Kutch.

When: November to February

Key days: New Year’s Eve, Makar Sankranti (Kite Flying Festival) - 14th Jan, Republic Day 26th Jan, Valentine’s Day 14th Feb and Holi 13th March

How to get there:

  • Closest airport - Bhuj (220.8 km)

  • Bhuj to Dholavira - Bhuj - Bhachau highway and GJ SH 51

  • Closest railway station - Ahmedabad (257 km)

Tip: If you are taking a private vehicle, it's necessary to take permission from the Kutch Tourism office. You also need to register your vehicle and the number of people travelling. Optionally, you can also get an instant permit at Dhordo also.

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HolidayIQ Traveller Dhiraj Rajani shares, “A very good place to visit, if archaeology (similar to Indus Valley Civilization) interests you. The civilisation findings at Dholavira are older than their counterparts. The Fossil Park & Rann of Kutch are very nearby and are worth visiting. In the Rann filled with water, we could see lot of 'Surkhab' - migratory birds having pink tint in their feathers. This is a very good place for bird enthusiasts.”

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3Rent A bike and explore The Rann of Kutch
Rent A bike and explore The Rann of Kutch

Pareen Mewada from Surat shares: Went there during the winter and this place looks amazing at both sunrise and after sunset. The white land will make you wondering if you're on moon. Clean place, locals treat good. Can feel a little dusty sometimes due to the wind.

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4Visit One Of The Earliest Civilisations In The World At Dholavira
Visit One Of The Earliest Civilisations In The World At Dholavira

HolidayIQ Traveller Madhu Menon says, “Dholavira, a village known for its archaeological excavations of the Indus Valley Civilization and Harappan Culture can be considered as one of the remotest regions in modern India. The place is closer to many of the smaller towns in Pakistan than the nearest town in India. But there is almost a 60 km impenetrable divide between the two countries by a unique desert that gets filled in with water during the monsoons and becomes as hard as any of the best roads in Gujarat during the other seasons.”

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Reviews (5)

Kar Swarna

Kar Swarna5.0/5

4 reviews

Abandoned city which witnessed the past

I rated it excellent not because it is beautiful or enjoyable but for the abandoned city which witnessed the prosperity of the past. The city quite unlike the trend of the past is neither situated in the bank of river nor in any delta region. And the city experienced the hustle bustle for generations. So the main aim for them was to provide clean water for the inhabitants, which we can see now also. Archaeological sites without a guide is useless, so we contracted Mr Jaimal who has been there from the days of excavation. He also prepared our lunch in his home, which was very tasty and traditional. Thanks to him, he guided us to the fossil park and explained everything he knew.

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Jay Chheda

Jay Chheda4.3/5

1 review

A place where Harapan civilisation is situated

Great to watch. Some big wells which were dig before years for drainage. There's a museum also of old coins and stuff. We can go Dholavira by road. People from far places can travel to Rajkot by plane and then from there they can book a taxi. It's a place to visit once a life time.

Dholavira Overview

Dholavira, locally known as Timba Prachin Mahanagar Kotada, is an archaeological site in the Kutch District of Gujarat. Belonging to the Indus Valley civilization, Dholavira is one of the largest and most important archaeological sites in India. It is located on the Khadir Bet Island of the Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary.

Discovered in 1967 by J.P. Joshi, this is one of the 5 Harappan remains in the Indian subcontinent. The sophistication and forethought in the city planning of the Harappans is evident in these ruins. Artifacts like seals, ornaments, vessels and utensils made of gold, silver and terracotta; bones and a few items of Mesopotamian origin were found among these ruins. Based on these, archaeologists believe that Dholavira was an important local, as well as cross boundary trade center.

The city is structured as a central fort with much fortification, a surrounding tier of settlements and a lower town. Many reservoirs can also be found here. The water management system was equally sophisticated as the city planning. Stone waterways and reservoirs, making use of the lay of the land, were used for storing and directing the scarce rainwater.

A vast spherical structure, believed to be a burial chamber or memorial, is present in Dholavira. However, no bones or remains can be found inside the structure. In addition, many funerary constructions are present in the area, with several articles like mud seals, bangles and ring engravings¬ along with them.

Dholavira is accessible by road with the nearest point of access being Ahmedabad. Roads from Ahmedabad upto Rapar Town are good, after which, one can only find Kachcha roads. By rail, the nearest railway station is in Samakhyali, located 160 km from Dholavira. The nearest airport is Gandhidham, about 250 km away.

The best time to visit is between the months of November and March.

Photos of Dholavira

Great Rann of Kutch, Dholavira

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Dipalee Tamhane

Great Rann of Kutch, Dholavira
Great Rann of Kutch, Dholavira

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Dipalee Tamhane

Great Rann of Kutch, Dholavira
Great Rann of Kutch, Dholavira

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Vinay Asopa

Great Rann of Kutch, Dholavira
Great Rann of Kutch, Dholavira

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Dipalee Tamhane

Great Rann of Kutch, Dholavira

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