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...more
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...more
It is the world famous museum.If u have any interest in archeology or even if u don't still it is a wonderful museum to visit.For kids of 10yrs or below it's free but for res u have to buy 15rs ticket which is cheap.The museum contains archeological ruins of Indus valley civilization,Gandhara civilization and ancient statues of buddah.here are 4000...more
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...more
Basically it is a half day trip from Islamabad/Rawalpindi, and to get there you may need your own transport. Buses also go there but then you will be stuck in one location as majority of the sites are far apart. Therefore better to have your own car/transport to enjoy various sites at Taxilamore
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...more
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...more
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.
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.
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...more
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...more
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....more
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
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...more