Kalibangan Archaeological Museum
Distance : 205km from Bikaner
This pre-historic town is located 205
Km from Bikaner, but the journey is worth making.
Literally meaning 'black bangles' it got its name from the myraid
pieces of terracotta bangles excavated here.
¤ An Archaeological Site
The site is amazingly as old as great Indus valley cities of
Mohenjodaro and Harappa. The architecture and design is also fairly
similar. Archaeological research makes it self-evident that the city,
when extant, was extremely modern and urbane. You realise the
extraordinary skills of the artisans, when you see the central
acropolis around which the town is built. It is not unlike Parthenon,
the acropolis around which the city of Athens was constructed
and that is not an exaggeration.
The fine system of streets that intersected at right angles, and the
advanced drainage system was not dissimilar to the twin cities of
Harappa and Mohenjodaro. The houses were similarly made of baked
bricks and the bathrooms had water pipes and taps. The only amenity
missing was the great bath which Mohenjodaro had for
communal bathing. Kalibangan can almost rival the great cities of the
ancient world, and indicates how far back the history of Rajasthan
goes. Subsequent excavations nearby have unearthed relics of an even
more ancient culture, simply dubbed as Pre-Harappan, which goes back
5000 years. A must-see for archaeology enthusiasts.