Update on the bus to Lothal

#1 Nov 24th, 2009, 17:12
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Since the guide books and the forums never seem to get to important details like times, I thought I would volunteer my result.

The morning bus left the ST bus station in Ahmedabad at 7:13am (schedule time: 7:00am). Arrived at the Lothal drop point at about 9:30. From there it was about a 10 minute walk to the site.

As near as I can tell, there are only two buses each day. The morning bus turns returns at 10:45am. That's not much time.

I was told in Ahmedabad that the there was a second bus at 1:00pm. However, when I asked one of the staff at the Lothal museum (who spoke English much better than anyone at the ST bus station), he said the next return bus was at 6:00pm.

I ended up getting a lift from an Indian couple. Return time to Ahmedabad was about 1 hour 20 minutes.
#2 Nov 27th, 2009, 10:39
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Nice info,

How was your expierence?

#3 Jan 8th, 2010, 21:16
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Sorry for lateness, I didn't notice your message until now.

I liked Lothal but I'm kind of an archaeological hound. If you just like to look at pretty buildings than Lothal is not for you. There really are no buildings. What remains is little more than foundations.
#4 Jan 20th, 2010, 21:59
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Smile good visit to Lothal

I don't know about the bus which passes close to Lothal. I was advised to catch any bus heading towards Saurashtra (Rajkot, Bhavnagar etc.) and get off at BAGODRA which is about 60 km. away from Ahmedabad. SO I hopped on to a bus heading towards Saurashtra and got off at Bagodra. From Bagodra I negotiated with an auto rickshaw to take me and bring me back to the Bagodra bus stand for Rs. 250. Bagodra is about 17 km. away from Lothal. The auto agreed to wait for me for approximately an hour while I visited the site and saw the site museum.
At Lothal I was lucky to catch the superintending archaeologist on duty who patiently explained the site of Lothal to a group of visitors. His commentary illuminated the importance of the entire site and made my visit meaningful. The autorickshaw took me back to Bagodra from where I got a bus back to Ahmedabad. I visited in January and it was hot during the daytime, so I can imagine how hot it must be during the summer months. Do take your own drinking water, snacks and a hat or umbrella to shield you from the blazing sun. Cheers! Tulsi
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