THE “GATEWAY TOWN” EXPEDITION

The geography of Dharwad earned the city its name “the gateway town”, derived from the Sanskrit word ‘dwarawata’; ‘dwara’ meaning door and ‘wata’ meaning town. The hilly city acts as a passageway between the Malenadu (western mountains) and the Bayalu seeme (plains) which made it an ideal site for defense and a nodal trade point and thus the name.

The earliest evidence of a settlement here dates back to the 12th century A.D. following which the city was subjected to a series of several different dynasties, each contributing their own bit of norm and culture, helping shape the city into what it is today. The city of Dharwad is well known as the city of education or Gyanadegula and as a home to many eminent writers and classical music legends. It is also famously known for their brown spheres of heaven called the Dharwad pedha. And the list of things to share about the city goes on longer but I am writing to share with you today about our one day heritage expedition in the city.

Our main aim was to explore the city and experience the smaller pockets that seemed to be frozen in time through the tangible architectural edifices.

Hope you enjoy this journey as much as we did!!

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