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TAXILA- THE ANCIENT GANDHARAN CITY

Taxilla


Taxila is about 32 km in northwest of Twin Cities i.e. Capital city Islamabad and Rawalpindi; height of Taxila is about 549 meters from the sea level. This city belongs to ancient Gandhara time containing the remains of Gandharan city Takasila, which was an important Hindu and Buddhist religious hub. The remains of the various Buddhist religious communities and Stupas are the important landmarks, which attract tourists to explore the Taxila region. Some of the ruins in the Taxila region are the remains of the stupa at Dharmarajika, the religious community at Jaulian, and the religious community at Mohra Muradu moreover to various stupas.

 

Taxilla

Moreover there are few buddhist monasteries and stupas in this region. Some of the vital demolishes of the Taxila region are the traces of the stupa at Dharmarajika, the cloister at Jaulian, the religious community at Mohra Muradus.

 

Nicholson’s obelisk built on Grand Trunk road is a memorable of British time. It greets the tourist and visitors arriving from the twin cities. It was built by the British Government as tribute to Brigadier John Nicholson; he was an officer of British Army who died fighting during the First War of Independence.

 

Heavy industries, Pakistan ordinance factories of Wah Cantt and a cement factory are increasing the importance of region. On the Household level stoneware, pottery and footwear are being produced, which are the matter of attraction for the people visiting Taxila. Stoneware craft industry is related to the traditional sculpture making that existed here before Islam reached Taaxila.

 

Moreover the ruins of ancient Gandhara civilization and Buddhist/Hindu culture, heart touching Mughal gardens and Grand Trunk Road, built by Muslim Emperor Sher Shah Suri in 15th and 16th centuries, are also a part of Taxila. Taxila Museum exhibits mainly the remains of Gandhara civilization is also worth seeing. A well facilitated hotel managed by the tourism department is offering satisfactory services and due hospitality to the tourists visiting Taxila.