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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 dhoravira 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

Kar Swarna

Kar Swarna5.0/5

5 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 the 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. Archeological 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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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.

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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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