Dholavira Ratings & Reviews

Jay Chheda

Jay Chhedaratingratingratingratingratingrating4.3/5

1 reviewPosted 4 years ago

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

Parshv Shah

Parshv Shahratingratingratingratingratingrating2.9/5

3 reviewsPosted 4 years ago

Had a best experience of my this trip

All my friends really enjoy this trip and then we all go for see the place there are many kinds of trees and flowers are there and then all of them the clearity of the place is really so amazing and they are very improve that place people are going to see this place very much time and spend their time together

Kar Swarna

Kar Swarnaratingratingratingratingrating5.0/5

5 reviewsPosted 4 years ago

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 .

Madhu Menon

Madhu Menonratingratingratingratingratingrating3.9/5

1 reviewPosted April 2014

Dholavira and Beyond

Dholavira, a village known for its archeological 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 . . Of course for a typical tourist there is nothing in store at Khadir, isolated from the mainland except for an eight km long straight road that connects this desert island to the wonders of its outside world. This place is too far for the travel loving crowds of our cities and the weather out here is very tricky with the highest rate of evaporation, probably highest in the world. Dehydration will be with you throughout even if you try re hydrating yourselves with plenty of liquids, but if you are with an eye to see the less seen things; it is the place for you The travel from Rapar, the nearest town, to Khadir will teach you what loneliness is, it is almost a straight road, you can see as long as your eyes allow you and you may feel lucky if you see a vehicle or two pass your way. Once you are close to Khadir, the road becomes a straight line with shining crystals and slow moving waves on your both sides. Yes, time to realize that you are passing through the Greater Rann of Kachchh. The shining crystals are salt of life; the slow waves are the symbols of continuity in life Rann of Kachchh is not a desert if you consider the first images created in your mind by the word. You will never come across the typical sand dunes and mirages but definitely the vastness and emptiness of Kachchh will attract you. With cracked mud lands and thorny shrubs around, the major part of Kachchh resembles an inhospitable terrain. But this unique ecosystem is very rich in biodiversity and demands a thorough study. Kachchh displays the spirit of humanity and showcases the practical side of Natural Resource Management. The village water storage facilities including the rain water harvesting, sustainable method of agriculture, architecture that is in harmony with the environment ,. There are several examples One can enhance the visit to this otherwise 'inhospitable' terrain by interacting with the people living in the last village, Dungarani Vand, the village closest to the border with Pakistan -. A settlement of people migrated from the other side much before the partition, interestingly all the villagers numbering around 150 persons are descendents of a single parent and they still have their dinner together If you are the one with a tint of patriotism, you should interact with soldiers of Border Security Force at different out posts, most of them being posted at closest positions of our perceived enemy presence. They may show a stiff face to you in the beginning and make you feel unwelcome but once the ice is melted, read once the sweat is settled, they become the role model for our patriotism, you will definitely remember the phrase they are alert and awake, we sleep in peace' And the people live here happily, content and oblivious of the world out, with the facilities like the nearest equipped hospital being 80 kms away, their taluka head quarters and the higher education, that is anything beyond class 12, is being a hundred km away. Once in a while they enjoy going to the town 80 km away to get some vegetables !.

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Dhiraj Rajani

Dhiraj Rajaniratingratingratingratingratingrating4.3/5

2 reviewsPosted November 2011

Experience Ancient Civilisation & Bird Watching

(1) A very good place to visit, if archaeology (similar to Indus Valley Civilization) interests you. The Civilization findings at Dholavira are older than their counterparts (Harappa & Mohan-jo-daro).
(2) At Dholavira Museum & excavated site, we were escorted by guides (Gujarat Govt. pays them, hence they won't ask for money), who took us around the excavated site & museum and explained the findings on ancient civilisation which is about 3,000 to 5,000 years old. The one who escorted us was Jaymalbhai and we had very good experience with him.
(3) One of the fossil (basically wood) shown to us in the museum was 19 crore years old (as told).

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: (1) The Fossil park & Rann of Kutch are very nearby & are worth visiting (as told). Unfortunately, we couldn't visit Fossil Park as the approach road was under construction. Owing to good rainy season, we could see Rann filled with water.
(2) 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.

Activities & things to do: Best place for archaeologists.Bird Enthusiasts will find 'Surkhab' (migratory bird) en route to Dholavira and in Rann of Kutch.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: (1) Connectivity - You need to have your own vehicle, as there is no local transport available. State Transport Bus is available from Bhuj to Dholavira (Bus stand), but then there is no local transport from Bus stand to Toran resort & excavated site, museum etc.
(2) Resort Booking - Need to book rooms in advance at Gujarat Tourism offices. Online booking facility is not available.
(3) Do carry snacks & water bottles along, as you probably won't find them beyond Rapar (90 Kms. before Dholavira enroute).
(4) There is no other hotel or restaurant in Dholavira i.e. Toran Resort is the only choice.

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