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"A destination borrowed from history"

Dholavira Tourism

One of the most remarkable excavations of the Indus Valley Civilization, Dholavira was one of the most developed cities roughly 4500 years ago and makes an equally enchanting tourist destination today

Archaeological and excavation sites almost define the tourism in Dholavira. One can visit this town in Gujarat for witnessing history's share of architectural marvels and be flattered by one of the most significant and popular sites of the Indus Valley Civilization. An experience borrowed from history will charm you as much as any other destination with scenic beauty or modern-day attractions. One can also visit the Kutch Desert wildlife sanctuary while in Dholavira.

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A century-old walled - stretching for miles with images scratched to the very bottom of the desert, the excavations in Dholavira has revealed landmarks such as the ground of desert and stones arranged circularly. The excavations reveal the significance of successive settlements in there at the site for over 1500 years. The striking revelations of the Indus valley civilisations in Harappan cities have proved that the holes drilled into past in Dholavira has provided a perspective to present day ideologies. The ancient site lies on the island of Khadir which is surrounded by the salt waste of Rann of Kutch. As most of the excavations discovered constructions related to water, 100 hectares of land were found with the remains of it. The cityscape consisted of a bipartite 'citadel', 'middle town' and 'lower town', two 'stadia', an 'annex', which hosts a series of reservoirs all set within a fortification that runs on all the four sides. Interestingly, in the inner parts of the city, too, there was a system of fortifications. The results of excavations concluded that the city was constructed like a parallelogram boldly outlined by massive walls with their longer axis stretching from the east to west. The sites are still being studied and explored by archaeologists and indeed has added a personality to the Indus and Harappan civilisations.

Restaurants and Local Food in Dholavira

There aren't a lot of eating options available here. Best is to keep some ready to eat snacks with you for this journey, which you can get from nearby cities. A lot of Gujarati snacks are dry and ideal while travelling. Pack for yourself some Khakhra, Thepala, Fafda, Papad and more. Also try out local delicacies of the state like Dhokla, Khichdi, Kadhi, Khandvi, Ghevar, Basundi and many more.
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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

Consist of one of the world's earliest water conservation system.

What's Not So Great?

Very limited accommodation options and food joints. A little out of the way from other tourist destinations of Gujarat.

For Whom?

Dholavira is ideal for both history enthusiasts and architecture lovers. Researchers can come here and delve into the past. Equally suitable for people travelling to places like Bhuj, Ahmedabad, Surat, etc. Though it is a little out of the way, those with a curious mind and a sense of adventure shouldn't miss visiting Dholavira. 

How To Reach Dholavira

Though being an important historical site, Dholavira is well connected to the rest of India only by roadways. Regular bus services ply to and fro the city of Dholavira, buses being operated both by private and government owners, especially the Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation. There is no direct flight or rail connectivity, however, to Dholavira. Approximately 220 km away is the Bhuj airport, which is the nearest airport that connects Dholavira to the rest of India. The nearest railway station to Dholavira is also in Bhuj, which is 219 km away.

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Shreyas Kapoor 1 year ago
- Carry sunglasses, hats, umbrellas and your camera! Also, loads of water.