Lothal, situated in the Bhal region of Gujarat, is one of the most important sites to view the ancient Harappan way of life one that is over 4500 years old. So this is an awesome place for history geeks. You can witness the remains of Mohenjodaro and Harappa which will give you the idea of how great and old our Indus Valley Civilization was. There is also a saying that the study of stars and advance navigation was initiated by the scientists of Lothal. It is one of the main archaeological sites of Gujarat. The place is famous for its historical existence and it gives you a clear picture of religion, art, architecture, science, engineering, pottery, city planning, etc that prevailed during the Harappan Civilization.
Famous For: Historical Place, known as the City of the Dead where you will get a clear picture of the ancient Indus Valley Civilization.
Entry Fee: There is no entry fee for visiting Lothal but the Archaeological Museum of Lothal charges an entry fee of 2 rupees per head for above 15 years of age.
Visiting Duration: 3 to 4 days.
Best time to visit:
You can visit the place at any time of the year but since Gujarat is a dry place with hot summers so winter is the most appropriate time to visit Lothal as you will get to enjoy a pleasant weather and every bit of your travel will be worth it. Therefore planning the trip between November to February is more recommendable.
How to reach:
Being situated at a distance of 78 km from the city of Ahmedabad, the nearest Airport to Lothal is Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport. From Ahmedabad, first you will have to reach Bhurki by train, and then from Bhurkhi regular buses are available to Lothal.
Things to do:
Photography, shopping, visiting forts, monuments and archaeological sites are some of the things that you will enjoy doing in Lothal. There is so much to see over there which will take you to some different world. You will get an actual taste of ancient times.
Nearby Tourist Attraction:
the vast ruins of the ancient city are the major attraction for tourist in Lothal. The dockyard, the acropolis, the lower town, the bead are the important ancient sites. Other than this you must definitely visit the Archaeological Museum where you will find many ancient things. You can also visit Utelia Palace built by Neknamdar Thakore Saheb Sur Sinhji which is located 5 km away from Lothal. The other famous site is Dholavira in the Kutch region.
If you want to explore the ancient age then this is your place of interest. Being one of the most prominent cities of the Indus valley civilization, Lothal awes you. Not only by the fact, that so much has survived for so long, but also that sense of wonder, that how did man do all these thousands of years ago. If you love history in the true sense, then it is a must visit place for you.