Drive to Taxila, which is one of subcontinent’s archaeological treasures, and one of UNEXCO heritage site, was once an important city of kingdom of Gandhara. The ruins of Taxila, represent one of the important archaeological sites in Pakistan. The history of Taxila spans over 1000 years ( around 500 BC to 500 AD ), evolving and changing over the centuries as it absorbed the influences of various conquering empires, Islamabad Pakistan’s capital nestles against the backdrop of the Margalla Hills, the foothills of the Himalayas,this beautiful city offers some of the lovely places like Lok Virsa museum and Faisal mosque which is one of the biggest mosques in the world.
It also has a natural history museum, and eye-catching spots like Daman-e-Koh, Japanese garden, Golra Sharif railway station, Shakarparian and Rawal Dam.
- Lock Virsa Museum
- Faisal Mosque
- Golra Sharif
- Japanese Garden
- Pakistan Monument
- History Museum
- Saidpur Village
- Salt Mine, Ketas Temple
- Takht Bhai- Hund
Taxila the center of the famous Gandhara civilization that flourished here some two thousand years ago.Steeped deep in history, the excavations at Taxila take you back 2500 years into the world of Buddha, Alexander, Asoka and, of course the Emperor Kanishka whose imprints are visible to this day.It is here that the world,s most interesting civilizations took roots. Alexander the Great marched through the northern passes and valleys conquering Taxila in 327.The Mauryas were next to conquer Taxila which reached its zenith under the great asoka.The Indo-Greek descendants of Alexander followed thereafter who later gave way to the great Kushan dynasty almost at the turn of the first century A.D. This was the most glorious period of Gandhara pilgrims came here from as far away as China and Greece in the pursuit of learning.The fall of Taxila took place at the hand of the white Huns who invaded the area in the fifth century A.D and thus brought to and end a series of remarkable civilizations that had flourished her for many centuries.
Visitors to Taxila have much to be thrilled about.There is so much to explore that is not unusual to get lost in the woldernes of and unending imagination that runs wild as you step into the excavated ruins.It is here that you find endless images of Buddha.You find these in stone and in stucco.Important stages of Buddha,s life are depicted in the numerous panels that have been uncovered here.This great man of peace is depicted in exquisitely carved sculptures and statues glorifying him and his life.Each one of these sculptures is collector,s pride.
The Taxila museum is a must for any visitor to this historic city.The archaeological museum has a large and rich collection of relics, coins and jewellery,gold and silver and of course the famous and invaluable Gandhara sculpture so delicately and exquisitely carafted by a people who knwo the value of life and learning.