Ancient cities in India have its own share of similarities and dissimilarities with the present Indian cities. The more one dives into its depth, the more captivated one becomes. The unique as well as individualistic mode of daily life, customs, cultures, celebrations, festivals, religious observances, caste system, sports activities, education, position of women, architecture, or any other possible facet can very much be studied under Indian ancient history.
Additionally, most of the contemporary Indian cultural refinement which any citizen witnesses today has been heavily borrowed and inspired from these ancient Indian cities. This rather archetypal artistic amalgamation can be traced historically from the leading Indus Sarasvati Civilization, which was, indeed, the torchbearer of antiquity.
These ancient cities within India in fact also possessed some archetypal lineaments. These features made them unique and also stand out in matters incorporating brick as the all-encompassing form of construction. The cities from ancient India also possessed well-planned streets, art of pottery, drainage ditches, bulky granaries and large bath sources for ritual cleansing.
Most of the buildings were constructed on a raised platform. These buildings were made from brick. There also existed some small, two-room structures to enormous houses with two-storied with courtyards.
The history of ancient cities and civilizations in India is of the ages or eras in the evolution of Indian history. This commences from pre-historic era to the colonial era of modern India. The ancient civilization of India is also known in history as Indus-Sarasvati Civilization. The history of this civilization can be traced back to the Bronze Age, beginning from 10,000BC.
This civilization disseminated as well as prospered in the north western part of Indian subcontinent. Indus-Sarasvati principally included the regions of Gujarat, Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan present day Pakistan, especially the part of Sindh and Punjab. Apart from this, it also included the celebrated cities of Dholavira, Kalibangan, Rupar, Rakhigarhi, Lothal, located in present day India along with the cities of Harappa, Ganeriwala and Mohenjodaro in the present day Pakistan.
Ancient Indian cities have been described as that cluster which existed prior to the arrival of Islam into India, precisely prior to the 8th century. These ancient indigenous cities included the major as well as minor cities, towns, villages in the localities of concentrated human settlements of ancient India. These places have also been mentioned in the epics like the Mahabharata, Ramayana as well as in the Puranas.
The India of the yesteryears has been supremely revealed while shedding some light upon the ancient cities of India. This has helped in gaining some knowledge. From archaeological and repeated historical accounts, it can be comprehended that there also existed an astounding number of these ancient cities. Each of this city enjoyed its distinctive quality to be praised to the top.
And the most intriguing fact which needs to be mentioned is that, the cities were still just the same in modern times. The only exception being that their names have been changed. Also, these cities have got a slight dash of modernity. Modern Indian cities have grown and improved upon themselves, upon the ruins of their forefathers - the ancient cities in India.
However, there do not exist any of the ancient Indian cities. This is so because of the fact that they could not stand the test of time and had to perish within a very short period of time.