Situated about 250 km from Bhuj, Dholavira is a popular weekend getaway that is speckled with ruins of the Indus valley civilisation. The second-largest Harappan site in India and fifth-largest in the Indian subcontinent, it is a haven for history-lovers. It is locally called Kotada Timba and is said to be the only place that marks the presence of Harappan culture from 2900 BC to 1500 BC.

The ancient site covers an area of 100 hectare and is surrounded by two water channels called Manhar and Mansar. Dholavira is a great example of a planned city. At its heart is a central citadel where rulers or high officials once lived. In the middle town, there are spacious dwellings and in the lower town, one can find markets. The fortification of the city is in the form a parallelogram. Surrounded by the Great Rann of Kutch, it offers a peek into the minds that made this settlement so great for its times. Among the ruins are some of the earliest expert water conservation systems. There are also remains of what seem like the world's first signages and they are all written using the ancient Indus script. Dholavira is a great spot to learn about the Harappan culture. It portrays the seven stages of civilisation. Terracotta pottery, beads, gold and copper ornaments, seals, fish hooks, animal figurines, tools, and urns have been excavated from here.

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