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PDF File Ayurveda Life, Health & Longevity History Chapter One. Robert E. Svoboda, BAMS. No one knows exactly when civilization developed in India; all dating is arbitrary until the time of Gautama Buddha (563-483 BC). The earliest culture about which we have any useful data is that of the Harappa, the Indus Valley civilization, which arose around 3,000 BC and lasted for perhaps 1,500 years. Successors to Neolithic settlements of 5,000 years previously, the Harappans built large cities, such as Mohenjo-daro, and traded with foreign lands via Lothal, their seaport.