Here at Allshore, we like to be as educated as possible when it comes to our Pakistani team members and their homes. One of the first surprising things I learned about Pakistan was how beautiful of a country it is. Given its geographical location, not many people expect it to be home to such diverse natural and manmade wonders.
In an attempt to decrease the distance between our U.S. team and our Pakistani counterparts, we have started a blog series titled “Travels Through Pakistan.” In this series, we will feature travel destinations across the beautiful country of Pakistan.
Today’s destination is Taxila.
Taxila, which is located in the Rawalpindi district of Pakistan’s Punjab province, is a large site that includes Buddhist monasteries, a Muslim mosque and madrassa, a Mesolithic cave and the archaeological remains of four early settlements. The apex of Taxila was between the first and fifth centuries, and today it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Pakistan
Taxila, one of the most important archaeological sites in the world, is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, and has been since 1980. Other sites included on the World Heritage list include the Great Wall of China, Stonehenge, Machu Picchu and Grand Canyon National Park.
Taxila has a multitude of diverse structural remains, including the Mohra Moradu and Jaulian monasteries, the Jandial and Pippala temples, the palace area at Sirkap, the Giri fortress, the Bhir mound area, and the Dharmarajika, Bhallar, and Kunala stupas (burial mounds). Visitors can see the differences between the remains and their origins by studying the specific masonry for each site featured at Taxila.
Taxila’s features are all still authentic in form, design, materials, substance, location and setting. This authenticity is maintained through conservation plans, with great care taken to avoid any changes to the original features.
Unfortunately, the conservation and preservation of Taxila is considered by many to be in danger. In 2010, the Global Heritage Fund listed Taxila as one of its 12 Sites on the Verge list, which includes those sites that are endangered by “multiple simultaneous man-made threats from development pressures, unsustainable tourism, insufficient management, looting, and war and conflict.”
Taxila features a number of interesting and beautiful attractions, and many people flock to the site each year in hopes of witnessing these great features and getting a taste of history.
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