The river port of Lothal was the link of the Indus Valley Civilization with the rest of the world, statement that we read in the first chapter of any school text book on history. Every single characteristic described in them is visible here. No monument or any extraordinary work of art is located here. Instead what you see here is the example of ancient urban planning, the vision of the community leaders and the marvellous engineering work that defined the civilization.
Lothal was a thriving port,and was fairly urbanized.The artifacts include the earthen pots,beads, toys, things of everyday use and above all the seals and the yet to be deciphered inscriptions.The bricks made 5000 years ago are still standing strong,the underground drains and the house design would put modern civil engineering to shame, and fascinate anyone with the slightest sense of history.
The ASI museum near the site is small,but fairly descriptive. The exhibits are original with elaborate explanation, and the portraits and models help in understanding the actual site on ground.
The place is not a resort,and mercifully so. I for one wouldnt want this sacred treasure strewn and littered with plastic waste, for that would be our dubious contribution to history. It is a convenient excursion from Lothal, not for picnic, not for sightseeing, but to get a touch of how the first Indians lived in an urban community and be humbled by their knowledge and common sense.
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