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  • We have grown up reading about Harappa and
    Mohen ja Daro and the Indus-Saraswati Civilisation.
    Last year, we had been to Ahmedabad ,in October.
    I had read so much about the Harappan sites and when
    we saw that Lothal was less that 80kms from Ahmedabad,
    we felt that we had to go there.
    Our journey to and from Lothal was as interesting as
    being in Lothal was.
    We took the local train from Gandhigram station at 7.30 Am.
    Going in a local bus or a train gives us the chance to be
    with the local people. It is a different experience.
    The couple with us had a baby.The father made a nice
    cradle for the baby with a folded sari. He tied it to the
    supporting chains of the upper berths and the baby had
    a lovely sleep. As it is the train was moving in such a way
    that even we felt we were in a cradle. The older couple
    with us told us that they had done the same for their children.
    Outside, for miles and miles we saw paddy and wheat fields.
    We could smell the earthy smell of the paddy.
    We reached Lothal at about 9.45.
    Lothal is a small station for a small, sleepy village.
    Walking through it we came to the main road. There was
    a big tree on one side and we saw a very coulorful looking
    vehicle, a combination of a bike and a tempo.
    It is called JHAKDA. About 15 to 20 people can go in it at a time.
    Returning from Lothal, we travelled in the Jhakda to
    the neighbouring bigger village called Arnej. It is about
    10 kms away. This village is famous for the temple of
    Mata Bhawani. We then took a service jeep from Arnej to
    another place called Bagodara, In and around Ahmedabad,
    service jeeps and autos are very common. They charge
    Rs 5 or 10 per person, depending on the distance.
    From Bagodara, we got a bus which passed near to our
    hotel. Our journey back took us less than two hours and
    we also had the experience of talking to many of the local people.
    Sitting in a Jhakda was a great experience.
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