Taxila Travel Guide

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  • Taxila - Jaulian II

    On the eastern side of the stupa plinth is the Healing Buddha, which is inscribed in the Kharosthi script with the name of the donor, the monk Budhamitra Dharmanandin (Budhamitra who delighted in the law). It has a hole at its navel, intended for supplicants to place their fingers in when offering prayers against certain bodily ailments.The healing...

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  • Bhir Mound

    Bhir Mound is the oldest city site of ancient Taxila, and has been excavated several times over the last century. It contains several strata of ruins: the earliest dating from the 6th-5th century BCE; the second from the 4th century BCE which existed at the time of Alexander the Great's invasion; the third from the time of the Maurya kings in the...

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  • Taxila - Sirkap II

    There are only the foundations of buildings visible, but signs give clear descriptions of the purposes of many of the buildings.Photo 1 shows a circular stupa, which stands in the courtyard of a private house. What makes this little stupa particularly interesting is that it is older than the rest of the house, as it was built on a lower level. It...

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  • Taxila - Sirkap

    Sirkap is close to the museum, so is easily accessible on foot.This site is the second city of ancient Taxila (Taxila II on the maps) and is presently known as Sirkap after the name of a wicked character from a folk legend, who lived and died here. It was excavated first in 1912-30 under the supervision of Sir John Marshall (who directed the...

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  • Taxila - Jandial

    Just down the hill from both Jaulian and Mohra Moradu is Jandial, a sanctuary which looks remarkably similar to a Greek temple. This is perhaps only to be expected, since Jandial is only 650 meters from the part of Taxila that is known as Sirkap, which was founded and rebuilt in the second century BCE by the Indo-Greek kings Demetrius and Menander....

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  • Taxila - Mohra Moradu

    Mohra Moradu is, like Jaulian, a Buddhist complex consisting of a stupa and a monastery. It was excavated in 1915-16. It was probably constructed in the 2nd century C.E., but was renovated extensively in the 4th-5th centuries.The stupa to the west stands on a 16ft plinth, with stone mouldings and slender vertical pilasters. It was decorated with...

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  • Taxila - Jaulian

    The first site we visited was Jaulian, a Buddhist stupa with a vihara (or monastery) and university on a hill 300 feet above the surrounding countryside. They date to the Kushan Era (between 1st and 5th centuries C.E.)Due to the economic strain which followed the invasion of the White Huns towards the end of the 5th century it was deserted and left...

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  • Taxila - Jaulian III - the Monastery

    The monastery, to the east of the stupa and courts, is at a slightly higher level and measures 97 feet by 106 feet with an open, low, quadrangular court in the middle with 28 cells surrounding it. There would have been a covered 'veranda' on the northern side (the remains of which are visible in the 1st photo), and a second storey with a further 28...

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  • Taxila - the archaeological sites

    Most of the main sites are within 2km of the museum. A large map (pictured) outside the museum shows you the routes. Entry into each site costs 200 rupees for foreigners.

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  • Taxila Museum

    The Museum at the entrance to the site is the best place to start. It gives an overview of the history of the city, as well as showcasing some of the wonderful finds, including many Buddha statues. Photography is not allowed inside.Admission to the museum has a separate fee from the sites, but is definitely worth a visit. It is closed the first...

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  • The Taxila museum -exploring Greek roots

    As you the VT reader may know Alexander The Greats last stop in his congest was here in this Part of South Asia and there is evidence that Greek was written and spoken here for about a 1000 years from 327B.C.E. until sometime in the 6th or 7th hundred. You can study all of this at the Indo-Greek strata section at the Taxila Museum see all the...

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  • Sirkap

    Sirkap is the name of an archaeological site on the bank opposite to the city of Taxila, Punjab, Pakistan.There u will find ancient Buddhist stupas.In 184, the Greeks invaded Gandara and the Punjab again. From now on, there was a Greek king living in Taxila.The Round Stupa,Apsidal Temple,Double-Headed Eagle Stupa and the Jain temple r the important...

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Taxila Transportation

  • Train

    We took the train from Rawalpindi to Taxila. The train was economy-only, without air conditioning, but we enjoyed the journey as we were surrounded by local families, some with livestock, who were friendly and even offered to share food.

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  • Tuk-tuk

    The various sites which make up Taxila are fairly spread out, and for at least some of them you want to hire a tuk-tuk to take you there and then on to the next site when you've finished. Some of the sites are not so frequently visited so you are better off paying someone to wait as there may not be anyone around otherwise.

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  • Texila by Hotel taxi

    From Islamabad or Rawalpindi one can reach Texila within half an hour by local wagons, buses or texi. You can hire a private car to visit Texila or contact Punjab tourism corporation offices in any major city of Pakistan and they can arrange guided tours to texila. I just asked the concierges at my hotel the Islamabad Serena in Islamabad for...

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Taxila Shopping

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  • Replicas of Statues

    Best place is the Jaulian Monastry. Before you start your climb on the stairs, there are numerous cold drink/refreshment shops below. Ask them you want replicas. Replicas of various statues and murals are available. As I have already warned you in the tourist trap, it is illegal to purchase originals. But if you still eally really want to...

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  • Mortar and Pestle (Grinder)

    Shops are lined up on the Taxila road. Taxila is famous for making mortar and pistle, and is renowned all over Pakistan. They are cheap in Taxila compared to prices for this at other places in Pakistan. Being a tourist they will charge you and arm and a leg. Negotiate.They are quite heavy, made from local rocks. And maybe a bit difficult to carry...

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Taxila Warnings and Dangers

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    Home to the ordinance factories

    by besal Written Sep 11, 2006

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    In addition to the relics that can be found in Taxila, this city also is the home of Pakistan Ordinance Factory making most of the heavy armaments, tanks, missiles, etc. So be careful that when you take pictures and do not take any pictures of these factories.

    My friend at the museum informed me that sometimes intelligence agents may be lurking around at these sites to ensure that one is complying with such activities. This is quite true at Jaulian as it is situated at a small hill and gives a nice view of Taxila below.

    The area is heavily guarded as well as watched. But if you are busy with your tourist activities, no one will bother you.

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Taxila Tourist Traps

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    Replicas

    by besal Written Sep 11, 2006

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    Beware of people selling you artifacts, coins, busts, etc at these sites. They may be selling some artifacts that they may have dug out themselves, as smuggling of such relics from these sites is quite rampant. It is also a crime against humanity if someone does this.

    Unique Suggestions: If you do want some replicas, visit the gift shop as they keep various statues and jewelry replicas for sale.

    Fun Alternatives: Various handicraft shops around Pakistan carry replicas from this period. Buy there and do get a proper reciept as custom official may get suspicious.

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Taxila Off The Beaten Path

  • Mohra Moradu

    Mohra Moradu is a Buddhist complex, consisting of two parts: in the west, a stupa (venerated tomb), and in the east, a monastery. The latter is situated between two hill spurs. The drive towards this site goes through various orchids, farms, and over several dried springs.The monastery was built in the second century and extensively renovated in...

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  • Jandial temple

    The Jandial temple, set up on an artificial mound, resembles closely with temples of Greece. Its Ionic columns and pilasters are composed of massive blocks of sandstone. It comprised a square sanctuary, a meeting hall, and a courtyard.Built in the Scythio-Parthian period, it is probably the temple described by Philostratus in his Life of Apollonius...

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  • Jaulian monastery

    A monastery built on top of a hill, gives a scenic view of Taxila. A steep climb up several steps takes you to this place, where several statues are in place to view. The monastery houses a small university of that time where monks lived and learned their trade, and have perhaps the most impressive, decorative and evocative remains visible today....

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Taxila Sports & Outdoors

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    water sports

    by HassanAliTahir Written Dec 20, 2012

    There is Khanpur lake situated 20 Km North from Taxila museum. Here you can enjoy water sports i.e Boating & sailing. this is a beautifull site, surrounded by hills. You can also enjoy fresh roast fish here

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Taxila Favorites

  • Some ages

    Taxila is a national monument, under UNESCO protective care. Its history dates back ages, and various sites can be classified as follows:Achaemenid age: BHIR MOUNDGreek age: SIRKAP, JANDIALKhushan: SIRSUKH, JAULIAN, MOHRA MORADAN

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  • Rough Sketch of Taxila

    A hand drawn map highlights the major sites that one can visit; most famous that all go to are Dharmarajika, Sirkup and Jaulian, which are also easily accessible. Please note that the map is not to scale, but Jaulian is approx. 4-5 km from the Museum.Click on the Map image to enlarge and get a better perspective. Nice green fields; oranges during...

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

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