Dholavira, a Harrapan City in Gujarat has received the UNESCO World Heritage tag. Following this, India now “enters the Super-40 club for World Heritage inscriptions.”
The ancient city of Dholavira is one of the most well-preserved urban settlements in south Asia dating from the third to mid-second millennium BCE (Before Common Era).
Discovered in 1968, the site is distinguished by its unique features such as its water management system, multi-layered defensive mechanisms, extensive use of stone in construction and special burial structures.
Another highlight is the art associated with the city – artefacts of various kinds such as copper, shell, stone, jewellery of semi-precious stones, terracotta, gold, ivory have been found at the site.
Expressing his excitement on this recognition, Prime minister Narendra Modi said:
“Absolutely delighted by this news. Dholavira was an important urban centre and is one of our most important linkages with our past. It is a must visit, especially for those interested in history, culture and archaeology.”
“I first visited Dholavira during my student days and was mesmerised by the place. As CM of Gujarat, I had the opportunity to work on aspects relating to heritage conservation and restoration in Dholavira. Our team also worked to create tourism-friendly infrastructure there,” he added further.
Chief Minister of Gujarat, Vijay Rupani tweeted: