Mohen Jo Daro | The Ultimate Tourist Attraction In Pakistan
“One’s destination is never a place, but a way of seeing new things” – Henry Miller
My interest in traveling developed back in 2012 when I went with a group of friends to the glacial regions of the north. I realized that the world is full of surprises and the more you explore, the more insight you gain into the world. We have this trend among our university friends that after the end of every semester, we all unanimously decide to visit a tourist attraction. This year we decided to travel to Mohenjo Daro – a city long buried by dust and time.
Our group comprises of 4 people. We usually travel in one of my friend’s car and document our travels. I have always been the supposed leader of the pack, as such, I took a print out of the layout of the location. We were wise to choose the month of October for our expedition because the weather is generally cool in Larkana during that time. We reached Mohenjo Daro from Karachi in approximately 6 hours. During our journey, the 4 of us took charge of the driver’s seat in turns.
Mohenjo Daro – The Lost City
All our tiredness disappeared just as we reached the site. Before us was the handiwork of people, who dwelled around 4500 years ago. Without a moment’s notice, we went straight into the ruinous site. Upon entry, an erected stone read that Mohenjo Daro was the largest settlement of Indus Valley Civilization and their lifestyle is reflected here – welcome.
The very first noticeable thing was the excellent drainage system on the sides. Just goes on to show that ages ago people knew the significance of water – the element that gives life. And here we are, after centuries of progress sitting on the brink of a global water disaster.
With steady footsteps, we began exploring the mazy compounds. One thing I realized about the inhabitants was that they were sound urban planners – from the intricate water canal passages to the sand mounds and halls used for meetings and congregations – the attention to detail is quite amazing.
We saw a bottomless abyss, made out of bricks. A local told us that it is a well from which the people used to draw water using a pulley. Again, more signs that the people were well ahead of the time. Some handmade pottery and jewelry were available on sale, and it was so enchanting that I didn’t have a second thought about purchasing some of them.
Monuments of a Glorious Past
The 4 of us were utterly taken by the beauty of the place. Ahmer, one of my friends whispered in my ear, “These are the moments in life we live for.” I passed a grin and nodded in agreement. We moved further forward and saw the biggest attraction of Mohenjo Daro – a figurine of the dancing girl.
The lady in question was beautifully detailed, wearing a necklace, having a ponytail, and resting her right arm against her back. We were told that the original sculpture is with India and that it was a replica. We also witnessed a seal bearing a cross-legged and possibly an ithyphallic figure surrounded by animals. Again, the detail to the seal was impeccable. I was surprised that all of these monuments survived this long under the debris.
We wished that we could explore the place more, but time constraints meant that we had to pack our bags and leave early. The experience moved all of us, and we decided that our next trip would be to Harappa, to unravel more mysteries.