Dholavira

Dholavira is a major place of tourist attraction as it is one the few sites of Indus Valley Civilisation to have been found in India. It is among the largest of the Harappan civilization cities. The excavations have unveiled a modern city meticulously planned with monumental structures that were built with superlative aesthetics and with unparalleled water harvesting system. It is surrounded by two monsoon channels – the Mansar and the Manhar. The city was so built that it can be divided into 3 components – the citadel, the middle town and the lower town. It also has two stadia, an annexe, and a series of reservoirs. There is a castle which was built like a well-defended fort. To the south of the castle another area was built which runs like a warehouse or an annexe. The city had well-built toilets and an efficient drainage system.

Recently, in October of 2014, a 5000 years old stepwell has been discovered in Dholavira, which is thrice the size of the Great Bath at Mohenjodaro. It was unearthed by Archaeological Survey of India in collaboration with IIT-Gandhinagar. Further excavation is scheduled in December to see if similar wells can be found nearby.

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