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Integrated Tourism Development Project for Tourist Destination at Lothal

Urban centres in India are transforming rapidly under the current movements of globalization and urbanization, the cultural heritage having one of the major role in the economy and entertainments of the current age. Simultaneously it upgrades the cities for national and international tourists. The development of large-scale infrastructure and communication network coupled with the qualitative improvement of urban and rural life attracts tourists to the vast resource of heritage in the country. But many of the historical monuments and its precincts are under threat as they are subjected to deterioration due to neglect and tremendous stress of western civilization. There is an urgent need to redefine our approach for handling this issue. The urban development must integrate the heritage precincts and establish a new relationship to capitalize on the growing needs of tourism and cultural change. This will not only conserve our heritage and culture but also enrich our present urban environment. It gives new meanings to our contemporary cities and lives. Heritage interpretation is the communication of information about, or the explanation of, the nature, importance, and purpose of historical, natural, or cultural resources, objects, sites and phenomena using personal or non-personal methods. It may be performed at dedicated interpretation centres or at museums, historic sites, parks, art galleries, nature reserves and a host of other heritage sites. Its modalities can be extremely varied and may include guided walks, talks, drama, staffed stations, displays, signs, labels, artwork, brochures, and audio-visual media. An interpretation centre, or interpretive centre, is an institution for dissemination of knowledge of natural or cultural heritage. Interpretation centres are a kind of new-style museum, often associated with centres or eco-museums, and located in connection to cultural, historic or natural sites. Interpretation centres use different means of communication to enhance the understanding of heritage. Many interpretation centres have temporary exhibitions related to a specific aspect of the site. An interpretation centre is a viable solution for effective communication of heritage information in municipalities and rural areas where resources may not exist to establish a traditional, full-scale museum, and where heritage can be an important factor for tourism development. Unlike traditional museums, interpretation centres do not usually aim to collect, conserve and study objects; they are specialized institutions for communicating the significance and meaning of heritage. They work to educate and raise awareness in order to conserve the local traditions and the excavated sites at Lothal. Lothal, Dist.Ahmedabad. Lothal, Dist.Ahmedabad is situated near the village of Saragwala in the Dholka Taluka of Ahmedabad. Lothal was one of the most prominent cities of the ancient Indus valley civilization. Located in the modern state of Gujarat and dating from 2400 BC it is one of India's most important archaeological sites that date from that era. Discovered in 1954, Lothal was excavated from 1955 to 1960 by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). Lothals dock, the world's earliest, connected the city to an ancient course of the Sabarmati river on the trade route between Harappan cities in Sindh and the peninsula of Saurashtra when then surrounding Kutch desert of today was a part of the Arabian Sea. It was a vital and thriving trade centre in ancient times, with its trade of beads, gems and valuable ornaments reaching the far corners of Africa and Asia.

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Mohammed Patherya

Aim:To synchronize both the heritage and the urban requirements so as to develop the destination without affecting the ecology of the nature. It should not only attempt to develop the facilities to support the development but it should be interactive with the local and natural elements as Lothal has great cultural heritage value of Monuments. Objectives: To study the various cultural aspects of the place and incorporating them in the project. To understand the meanings of the data which was excavated in Lothal and finally co-relating it in reference to the interpretation centre. To analyse and interpret the various experiential perceptions in the excavations at different sites in Lothal. To conserve and restore the excavation sites and precincts. Scope of Work: To develop a centre which gives detail information about the natural and cultural heritage of Lothal, this will enhance the identity of the place itself. To provide better facilities for visitors who wants to have some kind of interpretation than regular visitors who are more likely to have their own knowledge and different reasons for visiting. To integrate the centre with the firm context Lothal, and reviving the essence of that place within the centre itself. To provide a centre which would lend it to be used by various types of people having various recreational facilities for the visitors/tourists, day visitors or for local residents. To provide a wide level of understanding by this project which will increase the appreciation of the area visited, which will lead to a great respect for it and recognition of the importance of conservation, protection and management. To increase the enjoyment that visitors gain from their experiences, in the belief that an understanding the aspects of natural and cultural heritage of Lothal. To properly utilise and enhance the existing infrastructure conditions and tourist facilities on the site. Proper landscaping of the site pertaining to the norms and regulations of ASI, at the site. To provide an appropriate solution to the laying out the master plan of the site, through various allied fields of architecture like landscaping, architectural conservation, graphic design and signage.

Source of Information:Tourism Corporation of Gujarat.

B.Arch-V Sem-X

Mohammed Patherya