Moenjodaro

Overview

Introduction

Moenjodaro (Mound of the Dead) is an ancient city that claims to be the birthplace of the 4,500-year-old Indus Valley Civilization. Today, it's much less civilized: Travelers are advised to take an armed escort from tourism authorities in Hyderabad as a precaution. So far, archaeologists have uncovered streets and brick houses, a covered drainage system and a public bathhouse. Many findings, including intriguing necklaces, are displayed in a local museum. Accommodations at the site must be made in advance through the Pakistan Tourist Development Corporation in Hyderabad (personnel there will also advise you when it's safe to visit). When the situation permits it, we suggest at least a two-night visit. 200 mi/320 km northeast of Karachi.

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