Dholavira is an archaeological site at Khadirbet in Bhachau Taluka of Kachchh District, in the state of Gujarat in western India, which has taken its name from a modern-day village 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) south of it. This village is 165 km (103 mi) from Radhanpur. Also known locally as Kotada timba, the site contains ruins of an ancient Indus Valley Civilization/Harappan city. Dholavira’s location is on the Tropic of Cancer. It is one of the five largest Harappan sites and most prominent archaeological sites in India belonging to the Indus Valley Civilization.It is also considered as having been the grandest of cities of its time. It is located on Khadir bet island in the Kachchh Desert Wildlife Sanctuary in the Great Rann of Kachchh. The 47 ha (120 acres) quadrangular city lay between two seasonal streams, the Mansar in the north and Manhar in the south. The site was occupied from c.2650 BCE, declining slowly after about 2100 BCE. It was briefly abandoned then reoccupied until c.1450 BCE. The town of Dholavira is divided into three parts: (1) Raj Mahal of the Raja / Ruler, who is at the height. It was surrounded by strong fortifications all around. There were four gates in this fort, (2) Habitat of other officers, which also had a protective wall and had two to five rooms., (3) Built on brick-built houses of the common town dwellers.A big factory of making pearls has been found in this town. Copper distilleries were found in fossils found here.

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  • Dholavira Houses
    Dholavira Houses
  • Dholavira Top View
    Dholavira Top View
  • Dholavira Single Houes View
    Dholavira Single Houes View

How to Reach:

By Air

The nearest airport is Bhuj.

By Train

The nearest Railway station is Bhachau

By Road

Nearest City is Bhachau.