Harappa: Delve Into the Mysterious Past
Harappa, Pakistan is a must-visit Asian destination for people who are passionate about history. Dating back to the 3rd millennium BC, Harappa holds an important place in world history as an Indus Valley Civilization site. Though a very interesting site, the ancient city of Harappa is quite hard to reach. People with an adventurous mind and a specialist guide can explore the site. However, those who can not reach the site will not be disappointed as Harappa has something to offer to all its tourists.
Let’s have a look at some of the popular tourist destinations of Harappa.
Eid Gah – Masjid
One of the popular attractions Eid Gah was built between 15th and 17th C. It is presumed that it was build during the lifetime of Baba Nur Shah Wali, the well known Sufi saint. The bricks taken from Harappa’s ruins were used to build this mosque.
Citadel Area: Mound AB
Dating back to 2200 BCE this mound exists as a reminder of the well planned historical city. You will be amazed to see the drains covered by bricks, west-east streets as well as the sewerage treatment areas. The mound also revealed the houses in the south and north of the city. The houses were well connected with the lanes. Many bricks used in the upper formations were taken away in the 1870s, during the construction of the Lahore-Multan railroad link. You can find a larger well as well as a bathing area in the center of the Mound.
The Rakh Forest comprising of Prosopis cineraria, Salvadore oleodes, Capparis decidua, and Tamarix aphylla is one of the most interesting tourist destinations of Harappa. You can find many indigenous thorn forest vegetation in this area. This forest has formed the most beautiful landscape of Punjab.
Several works of art excavated from the Harappan site have been stored in the Harappa Museum. You can find a woman’s skeleton with ornaments. The potteries exhibited around to reflect the Harappan burial custom. Exploring this museum will be an unforgettable experience for you.
Baba Nur Shah Wali Shrine
Dating back to the 17th or 18th C, Baba Nur Shah Wali shrine has a tomb about 9 meters long. Located just behind the Mughal Masjid, this tomb is a major attraction of Harappa.