"The name Pakistan means Land of (the) Pure in Urdu and Persian. Pakistan is known for tourism because of its diverse cultures, people and landscapes. The variety of attractions ranges from the ruins of ancient civilizations such as Mohenjo-daro, Harappa and Taxila, to the Himalayan hill-stations, that attract those interested in field and winter sports. When I personally think of Pakistan it reminds me of Mughal architecture, the gorgeous ladies, the food, the culture, the stunning geographical wonders, Pakistani music : Qawwali, Ghazals and the Great Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan ji." (x)
The ancient city of Mohenjo Daro was one of the world’s earliest major urban settlements - but as Razia Iqbal found on a recent visit to Pakistan, its remains are in danger of crumbling away.
As a lover of language, I am convinced that certain combinations of letters have in them some innate magic - like Kubla Khan, or Xanadu, or Nineveh. So allow the words Mohenjo Daro to roll slowly off your tongue. And let me tell you about this ancient city, rediscovered nearly 100 years ago, but which had its heyday 4,000 years ago.
It lies on the banks of the River Indus in the province of Sind, in Pakistan. Along with another historical site, Harappa, it represents the very earliest civilisation in the region, rivalling those in Egypt and Mesopotamia. Read more.
The Indus river valley maintains some surprising remnants of its ancient culture. A stone’s throw from the largest intact Harappan Site (Mohenjo Daro), Mohanis fishermen use the exact style of flat-bottom boat depicted in terra cotta and stone tablets 4,600 years old, and a group of bird hunters still practice a 5,000-year-old method of catching birds. Hunters tie pet herons to a hoop in the river, and then submerge to their necks in the water wearing masks made from real bird skins. They wiggle their heads to mimic a swimming bird and then grab any prey that lands nearby. We know this is the ancient method they used to hunt birds because there are artifacts that show bird hunting that go back to 3,300 BC.
DES HOMMES ET DES PEUPLES - MOHENJO DARO CITE DES MORTS La ville millénaire de Mohenjo-Daro dans le sud du Pakistan abrite un mystère impénétrable qu'archéologues et science ne peuvent expliquer à ce jour. Cette cité autrefois somptueuse et florissante, où évoluaient en paix des milliers d'hommes et de femmes, s'est transformée..