I think I started studying history from 6th standard and since then I was very attracted to a particular picture from my history book..it was something like this.↓
So finally in the search of origin of this picture I reached Lothal , A Harappan Port Town of India , currently situated in Gujarat.
Wait!!!.. Before telling more about this place one suggestion ...if you are not at all aware about Indus Valley Civilization....do read about it and then visit .......otherwise this place will not interest you.
Lothal was one of the southernmost cities of the ancient Indus Valley Civilization, which is currently situated in Gujarat state in India. Lothal was excavated from 1955 to 1960 by the Archaeological Survey of India.
Because of it's strategic location and connectivity with river, it was a very important and thriving trade centre of ancient times, and was very popular for trade of beads, gems and other valuable ornaments. A small museum situated here gives you enough evidences to believe this interpretations. You can also find many excavated structures describing the history of one of the oldest civilization.
To understand more about this civilization authorities do play a small documentary in the museum which you can see. It's a pretty well maintained site by authorities. So have a look what you can see here :
Earlier Structure : ( Interpretation )
Excavated Site : Ware House
The Most Famous Seals of Harappan Civilization -Finally I found the origin of that picture :)
Museum : Animal Figurines
For more details check: https://whc.unesco.org/en/tentativelists/5918/
How to reach : This place is situated 126 K.m. from Vadodara and 76 K.m. from Ahmendabad. You can reach here by your own vehicle or hiring a car.
Entry fees ( For Museum): 5/- per person. Children below 15 years are exempted. Do remember it is closed on Friday. Other days it is open from 10:00 am to 5 p.m.
Ideal time required to visit place: 1 hr.
It is highly recommended to have your own vehicle and better to visit in winter season ( specially December and January ).
What you can buy: Not any shops to buy but you can find a small stall selling some stone jewelleries and curios which I found very attractive in price. There is a counter in the museum for sale of Department Publications.
Do remember to carry your own water and food items ( you may find limited or no options here) and do not eat inside the museum / excavated sites and keep the site clean. Use GPS to reach this location though you may see some sign boards.
So if you are a history buff .............this is one you should visit.