Harappan-era city in Gujarat declared India’s 40th Unesco World Heritage site
A Harappan-era city in the Rann of Kutch in western Indian state of Gujarat, was today declared India's 40th Unesco World Heritage site.
India submitted the nomination dossier for Dholavira city, once a thriving centre of trade and culture, to the World Heritage Centre in January, 2020. Dholavira is one of the very few well-preserved urban settlements in South Asia.
It is one of the very few well preserved urban settlements in South Asia dating from the 3rd to mid-2nd millennium BCE.
With this successful nomination, India now has 40 world heritage sites and joins a select group of four countries France, Germany, Italy, Spain and China which have 40 or more World Heritage sites.
India has added 10 new world heritage sites since 2014.
Dholavira, an example of planned city, witnessed the entire trajectory of the rise and fall of this early civilisation of humankind. With extremely rich artefacts, the well-preserved urban settlement of Dholavira depicts a vivid picture of a regional centre with its distinct characteristics that also contributes significantly to the existing knowledge of Harappan civilisation as a whole.
The expansive water management system designed to store every drop of water available shows the ingenuity of the people to survive against the rapid geo-climatic transformations.