The Historic City of Taxila

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The city of Taxila is a part of the Rawalpindi district of Punjab. The name Taxila means ‘City of Cut Stone’, being one of the richest South Asia archeologist sites. The city is known as a testament to Buddhism and it is said that the Buddha spent 40 years of his life preaching in this particular part of Pakistan. The city was also ruled by the Greeks under emperor Alexander the great.

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Taxila is a blend of wealthy urban and pastoral neighborhoods. Urban residential areas are in the form of small, immaculate and clean colonies. Taxila is also known for its industrial significance, some of the major industries in Taxila include heavy machine factory, cement factory, cottage industry, pottery and footwear industries.

 

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Taxila Museum

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This Greek style museum is located on the Grand Trunk road and has many momentous discoveries from the Taxila site. Taxila museum is home to objects that date back to 600 B.C having Buddhist and Hindu origins. It is a perfect depiction of the ‘Gandharan Art’ exhibiting silver, gold and other semi-precious stones. It’s visiting time ends by 5 p.m. so it is preferable to plan your visit to the museum in the morning.

 

Bhir Mound

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Bhir Mound is the oldest site of ancient Taxila that has been exhumed numerous times over the last century. It contains of several layers of ruins – the earliest dating back to the 5th century. It had its importance as being the center of administration, education and trade.

Jain Temple

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When the city of Taxila was excavated, sculptures of Buddha and Hindu temples were found. This spot is full of different temples and statues that were worshipped by people back then. The main statue of Julian, mahatma statue is known as statue of health and around this, there are 21 more stupas that were built by monks. These places will interest those who are fond of archeology.

TIPS

Restaurants
Famous restaurants in Taxila are Gandhara restaurant, Dreamland restaurant and Food city. Some of the famous foods of Taxila are chapli kabab and freshwater Rohu that are a must try.

Shopping
The bazaars of the old city offer exciting bargains. You can leisurely surf in the quaint old shops in Saddar bazaar, Moti bazaar and Raja bazaar. Other famous markets include Shahmir shopping center, MandiMaweshiyan and Jhelum plywood Markaz timber market.

Hotels
Jovago.net has hotels from Taxila on its portal. You may get prices as low as 1200 and as high as 12000 PKR. These hotels also provide free cancellation and payment at the hotel.

Money
Pakistan Rupees, All International Credit Cards (Visa/MasterCard) are accepted by the ATM.

Exchange Rate
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Country code
+92  596

Airport
The nearest airport from Taxila is Benazir Bhutto International Airport, Islamabad, which is 45 km away from the city.

 

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