Sojourning in the Lost City of the Dead – Mohen Jo Daro

Almost every student in Pakistan must have studied about Mohen Jo Daro.- Mound of The Dead, in their textbooks, some may have had been there on school trips too although that would only be only possible in winters since the temperatures around the area can otherwise rise beyond 46° at times.

It’s one of the most ancient and largest settlement of the Indus Valley Civilization dating back to 2500 BCE. A bronze age metropolis that boasts flush toilets, water and sewerage system, roads and proper house construction that beats even the modern planning system in Pakistan


Currently it’s on the outskirts of the city of Larkana in Sindh and was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980 that is currently facing challenges of improper care and restoration. The site is eroding gradually over the years and it’s difficult to keep it maintained due to lack of fund, resources and care provided by the provincial government.

Popular Foods of Larkana City 

Large stupas are also built in this lost city,  indicating influence of Buddhist culture and traditions. The famous Dancing Girl bronze statue (whose original now rests in New Delhi) is also found here and has been a symbol of confidence and admiration for many. The priest king, the robed male figurine, popular in our history books is also found here.

With the assistance and planning of Ministry of Culture Tourism and Antiquity – Sindh, I visited the site a few months ago and was totally awed by its design and structure. There’s a museum too which wasn’t too elaborate but was a good enough insight on the history of this place.

Here are three videos, one on the tour inside the Museum and other two around the archaeological site itself. Enjoy 🙂

Museum Tour-

Part 1- Archaeological Site

Part 2- Archaeological Site

19 thoughts on “Sojourning in the Lost City of the Dead – Mohen Jo Daro

  1. This is the first time that I have come across with this lost city of the dead, Mohen Jo Daro. Is this place for the dead? What I mean an andcient cemetery? – Gil Camporazo

    1. Hey so if you’ve heard of the ancient Indus Valley civilization possibly deriving from the Mesopotamian region… This was one of the oldest and most civilized community of that time.. This is around 2500 BCE. The ruins were discovered and so many old statues and artifacts were also discovered. It’s called the city of the dead for that reason because no one really knows what happened here and why these people left or vanished

  2. interesting practices. If I had a chance to visit your country Im going to look for it and learn more about the burial practices.

    1. That’s great. You’re most welcome.. Will take you to another place up north as well that has a totally different burial style than the rest of the country. It’s interesting 🙂

  3. It`s always fascinating to go to historic places like this. There`s so much story and events that happened that makes one really curious. I hope they can take care of this place more.

    ❀ Grace ❀

  4. Love love love this post. Especially the second video. Mohenjo Daro is so very much on my bucket list. Hope I get to see it in my lifetime! Thank you for sharing. 🙂

      1. I hope I do. Not so easy for Indian nationals to get a Pakistani visa. But will try for sure. Btw my parents are from Dera Ghazi Khan, beyond Multan. 🙂

      2. oh nice! Yes both countries sadly dont get the visa easily.. really unfortunate for travelers like us. But let’s hope one day this would get easy. BTW Multani people or people from interior Punjab are really beautiful 🙂 Im sure you’re mom is too 😀

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