As mentioned in my earlier posts / comments, I was pretty much excited about this place and I must say, if you are going to Kutch, then you should not miss out this great place.
The place was just amazing, many things will keep you wonder that Ã¢â‚¬Å“how did they manage to do so much advanced things 5,000 years back?Ã¢â‚¬Â? The drainage system was just too good.
Let me give some details about whole thingÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
We started our journey at 6.30 AM from Anjar. It is approximate 4-5 hours of journey by car. Our first stop was at some place on the highway, where we had good breakfast. Jalebi Gathiya (Gujarati break fast) This time I did not miss to click theÃ‚Â photo and make you guys bit jealous 😛 haha
Okay now serious stuff, we reached the place around 11
I also clicked the pics ofÃ‚Â India’s biggest rann (Desert), (which was on the way) the desert is full of salt and is totally white. Ã‚Â Currently in the image you can see the water everywhere but in the summer, you won’t see a sign of water there…
It is said that, this place was used as channel for transport 5000 years back.Ã‚Â It was all sea then.
We moved from that placed and reached Dholavira around 11.30 AM
It was very hot there, the sun was not ready to hide behind the clouds, no signs of rain…. once we reached the place, they (Staff members) gave us brief introduction about the place….
After quick reading, we were ready to go; they sent a guide with us to explain the stuff. He started us with saying, you are currently standing in middle of the river, the place we were standing was a river 5000 years back, we moved to the left, he showed us 5-6 big reservoirs of water which kept is wondering, “how can they be so advanced 5000 years back?” It was just amazing, they had made a very smart mechanism to save the water and use it in the times of shortage. Each reservoir had a big hole from where water can pass. If 1st is full, water will be passed to 2nd and so on… I could notÃ‚Â click pics myself because we were not allowed to do so. But my friend DharmeshÃ‚Â sent me some pics. (He had permission to click the pics when he hadÃ‚Â visitedÃ‚Â the place)
FollowingÃ‚Â are the pics of reservoirs:
2nd pic is basically the place which allows bullock carts to do down, fetch the water and bring it up. (Watch the steep path in the image)
Then we were saw the big ground, it was basically a ground divided between, play ground, an open theatre and a place to live for middle and lower class people. The ground had an entrance from the fort, basically it was made for the royal family. (The people who live in the fort). Then there was market area -Ã‚Â shops and then cemetery. (We could not go toÃ‚Â these areas because of heat). So we moved onÃ‚Â the right side, we saw a well which was 40 feet deep and they still had to dig 40 feet more. Then, swimming pool kind of thing, it was not exactly a pool but a small place to take bath which had enough water in it. And each and everything was interconnected, the water used to pass from reservoir to these kind of pools.
There was lot more to explore but we could not because of heat but we were shown many photographs which had pictures of ornaments, weapons and many other things.
The bestÃ‚Â time to visit Dholavira would be in winter, they basically start the digging work in the winters (if the government passes their budget), they dig the place using small brushes like tooth brush. But the worst part is, from last 2 years the work is stopped, the government has not passed the budget for their work. Basically the government has shown less interest in exploring such a great place. 80% of the work is still left, what we see is just 20% of the work. I hope the government shows some interest in this project. Or atleast allows people to donate.
I am ending this post here with few links: