Dholavira is located in Kutch region of Gujarat on an island inside The Rann of Kutch Lake. The journey to Dholavira is as beautiful as the town itself. It goes through the wonderful white desert of Kutch and there are instants where all the things in the world fades away and there are just you and your car and your road going to infinity. Dholavira is famous for its vast excavated site and wonderful water harvesting systems, one of the firsts in the world. Locally, it is known as Kotada Timba and is located at Khadir Bet island of Rann of Kutch Lake.
The entrance to the town is from the riverside port where once there was a river but today it's just the entrance pillars and river valley looking helpless against manner of time. But you can see the blue lines of water flowing through time, you can hear the music of ships, the noise of markets, and you realize the very steps you are taking were once entrance to a magnificent era, opening to a new world. The town itself, built in a citadel manner, surprises you with its astonishing planned streets and startling scale. As we go through the markets, dwellings, palaces and ports, we realize the people living here would be more civilized at that time than the societies today- for they had created facilities like sewage system, street layouts etc that we generally do not find in our cities.
After climbing a few ancient structures and roaming around the harappan era, we can go and see the Dholavira museum and even more surprise our self by realizing that the town was much more larger and flourished than it seems from outside.
We can also see the beautiful carvings and miniatures of stones and metal used for ornamentation and currency that were excavated from the site of Dholavira: a symbol of Harappan Culture. The museum shows the development of the city and its culture through a large span of time of almost 1200 years. It also shows various tools people of Dholavira used at that time made of stones and metals like copper.
This blog was originally published on 'Wandering Panda'