Lothal is around 80 kms. From Ahmedabad, Gujarat. The unique lockgated dockyard is perhaps the greatest of maritime architecture from the ancient world, and to the Sabarmati river just before its meeting with the sea in gulf of Cambay.
The citadel is obviously separated on acropolis, with its own paved baths, and lower town, more humble residential quarters, copper smithing workshops, sheds and bead factories. The whole exhibits an exhibits an excellent system of sanitary drainage. Lothal is undoubtedly one of the most important sites of the Harappan civilization. Located in the western Indian state of Gujarat, Lothal holds its own in terms of its tourist appeal amidst scores of other fort and monuments in Gujarat. Harappan ruins in lothal are what generates an indomitable interests and curiosity among both the history buffs and the casual tourists.
Lothal is a city that is neayby 4500 years old. Stumbled upon by the archaeologists in the second half of the 20th century, lothal enjoyed immense importance as a port town during the Harappan era. The Harappan ruins, Lothal have led the archaeologists and historians catagorize the Harappan culture into two distinct phases. The remains that can be traced back to the period between 2440 and 1900 BC are an indicator to a flourishing Harappan culture. However, the relics dating back to the 1900 to 1600 BC are representative of a declining culture.
Lothal’s Harappan ruins are by far the most important and significant tourist attractions of the place. One can take a stroll round the ancient dockyard, the bastion, the lower town, the bead factory and the storage houses. The advanced and modernized drainage system is something to marvel at. There is a museum right to the west that show case a number of articles comprising bronze and copper mirrors, painted potteries, miniature bullock carts used as toy items, jewellery, beads and a variety of objects made of stone, shell and bone. Another interesting item on display is a model of the city made of plaster of paris based on reconstructions made by archaeologists.