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Kot Diji


Geographical Location:


Physical Location:

Sindh province

Nearest City

 Ranipur and Khairpur

Museum Timing

Summer:  8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m Winter:    9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m

Best Time to Visit:

January to December


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Kot Diji, is located between Ranipur and Khairpur (on the highway from Hyderabad). Discovery of Kot Diji in Pakistan has pushed back the history of the Indian sub continent some 300 years. After the discovery of the Indus Valley Civilization, it was believed that Harappa and Mohenjo Daro were the first civilizations of the sub continent that date back to 2,500 BC. But the discovery of Kot Diji, made historians and archaeologists believe that there was a civilization before the Indus Valley Civilization.

Excavations of the site and the evidence that archaeologists have found from Kot Diji are of pre-Harappan and pre-Mohenjo Daro time. Historians and archaeologists believe that Indus Valley Civilization borrowed or developed some of the basic elements of life and culture from the civilization that was thriving at Kot Diji.

A journey to Kot Diji reveals the way of life Kot Dijians used to follow. The site at Kot Diji has two sections to it. One, that is spread over on the high ground belonged to the ruling elite while the outer area was inhabited by the common man. Excavations have shown that the houses in Kot Diji were built by mud-bricks and had solid stone foundations. The Harappan decoration designs, such as the "fish scale " intersecting circles and the piped leaf pattern were all evolved from the Kot Dijian decorated elements like the horizontal and wavy lines, loops and simple triangular patterns. There is, however, no proof yet of the place or the region from where these Kot Dijians arrived in The Indus Valley.

A tour to this archaeological site is a wonderful experience in Pakistan. Traveling to Kot Diji is like traveling back in time to some 2800 years ago. It is an exciting exercise to think about a time, which was completely different and unique. A fascinating journey to the past is what aptly describes the tour to the historical sites in Pakistan.




Kot Diji is well connected by road and by train with the rest of the country by Khairpur and Rani pur cities of Sind Province.


















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