See how the great Indus valley civilization lived, thrived and ultimately declined

Dholavira in Kutch

The excavation site for Harappan Cilvilization, this is as archaeologically good as it gets
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About Dholavira in Kutch

The Indus Valley civilization is one of the oldest civilizations in the world, as told by our history books. The civilisation was formed around the area fertilised by the Indus River and its tributaries. Archaeologist and historian have had an ongoing love affair with this period in history and periodical finds of sites of this erstwhile civilisation have only fuelled this interest. The city of Dholavira is one such important site of the great civilization. Dholavira history dates back to the time of the Indus valley civilization, and hence, this place holds great importance for the archeologists as well as the history buffs. Here’s a brief about Dholavira tourism, Dholavira map, along with some essential information about the place:

One of the five greatest sites

Dholavira is the site of one such finding. Located in the Khadir Bet Island of Kutch, the site was discovered by archaeologist J P Joshi in 1967. The Archaeological survey of India took over the work on the site in 1990. This is considered the second largest dig site for what is also called the Harappan civilisation. Dholavira is also the second site after Lothal, another Harappa site, to have all the marking of the rise and fall of the civilisation from 2900 BC to 1500 BC.

A unique town….

Located quite close to the city of Bhuj, the distance from Dholavira to Bhuj is around 210 kilometers.This site is rather unique, as the inhabitants set the town up in the Great Rann of Kutch. The rather modern features such as water conservation, especially in an arid region, and the sign board systems in the Indus script, all talk about the intelligence of the civilisation and reflects the futuristic idea of Dholavira town planning. The site bears the distinct marking of the rise and fall of the town. Once the decline started, the town seems to have been abandoned. The citizens then returned after a time but only to lead very simple lives, Travelers must visit the Dholavira museum during their visit to the city as this museum depicts each and every aspect of the city in great detail.

… Along a beautiful route…

The journey to Dholavira also known as Kotada or large fort is rather beautiful. Spread over a semi-arid land set on an island, it retains a beauty, which is ethereal. Chinkara and nilgai roam the lands in the midst of flamingos and other migratory birds.

.. And an interesting story…

Excavation of the site has led to some very interesting discoveries. Artefacts found have proven that Dholavira was an important trade hub between Gujarat, Sindh, Punjab and the Middle East. Satellite pictures have also shown the making of a giant reservoir, which harvest the rainwater and an intricate water system, which was the artery of the town. There is also evidence of an underground drainage system.

Seals, gold and silver coins, terracotta ornament, pottery and bronze vessels and other finding bear testimony to the grandeur of the time. Indus script inscription tablets, though still not deciphered, also tell the intelligence of the times.

…. With a sad ending!

As for the rise, the fall of the civilisation is also marked. The returning settlers chose a simpler lifestyle and their houses and implements were simpler. A visit to Dholavira is an insight into the civilisation that was. It is an experience to be cherished indeed.

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    Pankaj Dubey

    Ranchi

    Pankaj's 10 days trip to Kutch

    We booked our Gujrat trip of 11 days and 12 nights with De Voyager and Payal was very helpful in planning of our trip and arranging the Cab and preparing the itinerary. We had only two issues: 1. We asked for booking Rann Utsav Tent city in Rann of Kutch but just a day before the start of our trip we were told that they cannot book Tent city for us as it was fully booked and rather they have booked White Rann Resort which disappointed us. 2. The Hotel Bait Inn in Ahmedabad was not at all a 3 Start hotel, the rooms were too small and there were no basic items like Soap, Dental/Shaving kit and water provided in the hotel rooms, We were given the soap after we asked the room service. Very disappointed with this hotel, please avoid staying in this hotel if you can. Overall the trip was excellent and our Cab driver Harshbhai was a gentleman and very nice person, he was very helpful and took care of us throughout our trip. I would definitely recommend Travel Triangle and De Voyager to my friends.

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    Nicks Yahoo

    Pune

    Nicks's 4 days trip to Kutch

    On Day-2 sufficient time was given for recreational activities at resort. But only one small area having carrom, chess etc. was there. I wish there would have been some more of activities other than what we generally use. It would have been better if trip include Bhuj sightseeing on Day-2, as Gandhi hu Gam & Kalo Dungar were not that attractive as a tourist in my opinion. Or, Travel Triangle could suggest tourists for drop at or after 6:30PM on last day to cover Bhuj sightseeing confortable. We booked ticket for train departing on 3:55PM & were not able to cover Bhuj sightseeing. Mandvi trip was very memorable as my 2year old baby enjoyed beach time for 1st time.

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    Somyagupta Sg

    New delhi

    Somyagupta's 4 days trip to Kutch

    The driver of the trip was very rude .With elderlies ans senior citizen on board and he did not cooperate at all.He used to drop at far off places especially in Somnath where other cab drivers were dropping the passengers at the nearby point but our driver stopped the cab at city parking point. Similar behaviour was observed at other places as well. He refused to stop the car when there was a need for natures call to a kid.

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    Rohit Jha

    Ahmedabad

    Rohit's 7 days trip to Kutch

    We booked a trip to Gujarat (Ahmadabad, Dwarka, Somnath, Diu and Gir) through Aarti tour and travels during the Christmas season. The driver, Mr Pancholi was very polite and courteous for most of the trip and the hotels except for the first night were very cosy and comfortable. The driver also guided us throughout the locations. The agents service was prompt and when we raised the issue that our first night at the hotel wasn't very comfortable, he made sure that we were given better rooms on our return leg stay. Would recommend Daksh at Gir for stay and Krishna Beach resort in Diu. In all a very decent trip at a competitive pricing.

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    Mayank Gupta

    New delhi

    Mayank's 5 days trip to Kutch

    Hello Travel Triangle and Diu Holidays, I would like to thank you on behalf of my family for arranging the Gujarat Trip. We all had a good time, and we enjoyed the trip. Wanted to share few feedbacks: 1. All the hotels were good except the one in Somnath (The Heritage). Hotel had some foul smell (sever like), and smell was intolerable in one of the room. Breakfast also was not that great. 2. Irshad (Driver) was good, well behaved, and friendly. But faced problem with car as it broke down couple of times. Once in Somnath, and the second time Just before reaching back Ahemdabad Airport. We were fortunate that car didn't break down at some isolated place. 3. Also, in your iterinary if you can recommend some good restaurants and mention some local delicacies it will be an add-on to your services. Overall it was a good trip, and we came back with some great memories of Gujarat. If someone asks me I'll definitely refer Diu Holidays.

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    Ashwini Tangade

    Bengaluru

    Ashwini's 9 days trip to Kutch

    Our experience with the Agent was not so good by the end of the trip. Initially she was good, friendly and helped us. But in the later part of the trip they did not provide information for Jeep Safari advance booking, could not see the Statue of Unity properly, the tickets were almost sold by the time we reached. Statue of Unity closes at 6:00 PM and driver took us there at 4:00 PM. The Agent was rude when asked about the Safari or the Statue of Unity Tickets

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    Sugandha Varshney

    Bhuj

    Sugandha's 5 days trip to Kutch

    For most of the people in our group, it was a first experience with Diu Holidays and Travel Triangle, and we definitely are very happy with it. Some of the points we would like to mention - - We were able to customize the itinerary (before booking).  - We will definitely recommend the driver and the cab we had. His behavior, communication, even recommendation for local food were very well. And he was very considerate too. At the end of the trip, we had a bus to catch. He waited till the time we were all settled in the bus, and only then left. Throughout the trip too, he was always on time, and was very cooperative. - The places we visited, Mandavi, Kutch, and Bhuj are absolutely beautiful. It's perfect for family trips too. People are courteous and friendly and as we were an only-girls group, we especially noted that it's a very safe place too. - Every place in Kutch has its own charm, but the Huts deserve a special mention. Definitely spend at least one night in the huts if you visit Kutch. The people managing these are the most hospitable, and the cleanliness there will surprise you.  Thanks for the amazing trip! :)

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    Vaibhav Sharma

    Delhi

    Vaibhav's 7 days trip to Kutch

    This trip to Gujarat is one of the best trips we've has so far!! All thanks to these guys. :-) Right from Services of Travel Agent to the cab services and the hospitality received in the hotels, everything was commendable. Gir Safari, Nagoa Beach, Darshan at Somnath, Nageshwar Jyotirlinga and Dwarkadheeah Temple, Beyt Dwarka, Palaces, Rann Utsav of Kutchh.

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    Bhim Singh

    New delhi

    Bhim's 7 days trip to Kutch

    Overall experience was really great, everything was as per the expectation and as told by agent. In 7 days journey we did not face any issue and enjoyed everything throughly. Our driver Laxman Ji assisted us a lot, he was very helpful suggesting site scenes and took vehicle where ever we asked for. Great experience with TravelTriangle and Diu Holidays.

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    Arun V

    Bengaluru

    Arun's 6 days trip to Kutch

    The trip was planned 2 months ahead, the driver provided had very less knowledge of the places and he used google maps to commute to places. He was not instructed to go as per itinerary, he was taking us whichever place he knew. The timing of leaving from one place to another was not communicated, we had to inquire the hotel or the local people or the other cab drivers and then decide the onward travel. After complaining about this to the driver, he got offended and purposefully missed few places saying there is nothing there., for eg., we did not reach on time for the kuchch utsav where we had planned for sunset and shopping, because of which he started to blame us we had left late from the hotel. The driver later next day apologized, that was too late... Post the counselling from his owner he behaved properly and took us to all the places as per the itinerary, apart from this he was a very slow driver, from Ahmedabad to Bhuj he took 9 hrs including lunch break. The hotels which they booked were really good, especially the one in Kuchch(Hodka Zeel Resort), we had asked the hotel guy to prepare for us breakfast by 7am, and hot water by 5am, without hesitating he agreed and gave us a very good breakfast. One bad experience we faced was in Diu (Rainbow Resort), the staff was worst than ever, we had booked 2 rooms + extra bed, the people at the reception we not ready to give us extra bed, they were telling that we need to pay then extra bed would be given, later after contacting Amin (our tour co-ordinator) we got the extra bed, later in the evening when we tried to take bath in hot water after playing in the beach, there was no hot water coming from the tap, we were asked to wait for 10 mins, even after 2 hrs we did not get water, had to waste 4 buckets of water, then we were told will get water in the morning. So, we waited in the morning and still we did not get hot water, after complaining to the reception the guy was so adamant to listen to us, and even not ready to change the room. Later by 10am after lot of complaints and phone call we finally got alternate room for taking bath, we had already wasted 3 hrs of our travel time to Gir. Apart from these bad experience the trip was totally good and enjoyed a lot with my family and extended family. My request to Diu Holidays is please try to provide proper drivers who are knowledgeable and who knows the location very well. Since, my Aunt had taken the same itinerary and had traveled before us, they had got a very good driver who instructed and took to most of the places.

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    Gujarat is renowned for being a dry state, meaning alcohol is banned in the state. It is not advised for travellers to purchase liquor illegally in Gujarat. However, there are some designated high-end hotels that sell alcohol to permit holders. A permit can be acquired from the officials by showing a valid identity proof. Non-Indians can also purchase a 30-day permit to buy alcohol in Gujarat.

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