Nomination dossier of ‘Dholavira: A Harappan City’

News:The Government of India has submitted the nomination dossier of ‘Dholavira: A Harappan City’ for inclusion in the World Heritage List for the year 2020.



  • Dholavira, also known as Kotada (which means large fort), is located in Khadir island of the Rann of Kutchch, Gujarat. It has two seasonal streams: Mansar in the north, and Manhar in the south.
  • It is one of the two largest Harappan sites in India, and 5th largest in the subcontinent. 
  • It passed through all the stages of the Harappan culture from circa 2900 BC to 1500 BC.
  • Town Planning: It consisted of a bipartite ‘citadel’, a ‘middle town’ and a ‘lower town’, two ‘stadia’, an ‘annexe’, a series of reservoirs all set within a fortification running on all four sides.