Dholavira, a city in Gujarat has been inscribed as a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization or UNESCO.
In the 44th session of the UNESCO Heritage Committee, the decision was made to crown the Harappan era city of Dholavira with the tag. Earlier in the session, they had inscribed Rudreswara temple in Telangana as a World Heritage Site. Many of you may know Rudreswara temple as Ramappa temple.
For anyone wondering what exactly is a World Heritage Site, it is a landmark or area with legal protection by an international convention administered by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
World Heritage Sites are selected by UNESCO’s Heritage Committee. These places are chosen for the cultural, historical, scientific significance they have.
With Dholavira on the list, India now has 40 locations with the World Heritage Site badge from UNESCO with Gujarat having 4 among them.
Rich History Of Dholavira
We have all read about the Indus Valley Civilisation in school, haven’t we? Dholavira was a city, which had been a part of the same chapter of history. Dholavira was the fifth largest metro city of the civilisation, right after Mohen-jo-Daro, Ganweriwala, Harappa and Rakhigarhi in Haryana.
The city has various distinctive features of the historic Bronze Age, starting from water reservoirs to multi-purpose grounds. The Ministry of Culture in their statement, has said it bears proof of a multi-cultural and layered society during the 3rd and 2nd millennia BCE.
The earliest evidence traces as far back as 3000 BCE. The city structure was abundantly modern and well-planned, a true urban settlement of that time.
Tour Of The City
We have talked about the city of Dholavira for a long while. Now, let’s take a tour of the city and beam in its historic glory.
As you can see, this picturesque place, which is now a World Heritage Site, is filled with tales of urbanisation, a testimony of the famous Indus Valley Civilisation.
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