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Things to Explore in Taxila

Does it ever happen to you that you visit some place and feel mesmerized by its beauty? Taxila is such an amazing place. There are many interesting facts about Pakistan that attracts tourists, Taxila is one of them. It may not be as famous as various cities in Pakistan, however, don’t let that trick you. Taxila is relatively smaller in area but when it comes to beauty, then taxila is one of the top tourist destinations in Pakistan.

There are a lot of things to do and places to explore in Taxila that will make you feel amazing about it. You may wish to revisit it some time again, to enjoy and relax at Taxila. If you are planning to visit Pakistan and you’re not sure about taxila whether you should add it in your schedule or not, then keep reading. In this blog post, we have mentioned some of the amazing  things to do and places to explore in Taxila and around.

Bhir Mound

Over the past few centuries Bhir mound has been unearthed many times. It consists of some layers of leftovers: the earliest dating back from the 6th-5th century BCE. The second layer was from the 4th century BCE which was present at the hour of Alexander the Great’s intrusion. The third layer was from the 3rd century BCE, existed at the hour of the Maurya kings. And the last layer has the structures of post-Mauryan.

Jaulian

Jaulian is a Buddhist stupa with a vihara (monastery) and college on a slope 300 feet over the surrounding countryside. They date back to the Kushan Era (somewhere between the 1st and 5th centuries C.E.). Because of the financial strain which followed the intrusion of the White Huns towards the end of the 5th century, it was isolated and left to share the decay of the other Buddhist foundations in Taxila valley. The site was unearthed in 1916-17. It is a must-visit destination. You can also rent a car to visit this place if you don’t own a personal car.

Mohra Moradu

Mohra Moradu is, as Jaulian, a Buddhist complex comprising a stupa and a monastery. It was exhumed in 1915-16. It was probably built in the 2nd century C.E., however, was redesigned broadly in the 4th-5th century. The stupa toward the west stands on a 16ft plinth, with stone moldings and slim vertical pilasters. It was adorned with the best stucco figures of the Buddha, Boddhi Satva’s, and Devas.

Jandial

Just down the slope from both Jaulian and Mohra Moradu is Jandial. It’s a safe-haven that looks astoundingly like a Greek temple. This is maybe just normal since Jandial is just 650 meters from the region of Taxila that is called Sirkap. Sirkap was established and reconstructed in the 2nd-century BCE by the Indo-Greek rulers Demetrius and Menander. But it’s slightly weird that the Jandial sanctuary seems to have been a Zoroastrian spot of worship.

Distyle-in-antis is its type of construction (i.e. Between two projecting walls, it contains 2 sections). A pronaos (entrance lobby), naos, (cult room), and opisthodomos (back chamber) can also be observed. In view of the numismatic proof discovered here, the temple appears to have survived until the 6th or 7th century C.E.

Taxila Museum

The Museum at the entry to the site is the best place to begin. It gives a review of the historical backdrop of the city. it also exhibits some of the brilliant finds, including numerous Buddha sculptures. Photography isn’t permitted inside.

Admission to the historical museum has a separate fee from the sites, however, is unquestionably worth a visit. It’s closed the 1st-Monday of the month, and furthermore closes for around 2-hours for lunchtime, so plan your trip accordingly. If you are using economy car rental deals, then you must take care of these timings.

Sirkap

Sirkap is near to the museum, so it is easily accessible by walking. This site is the 2nd city of old Taxila and is presently named Sirkap after the name of a wicked character from a folk legend. A legend who lived and died here. It was exhumed 2 times, first during 1912-1930 under the management of Sir John Marshall. Sir John Marshall has also coordinated many times for the unearthing of various regions in this area. The second time, the area was unearthed  in 1944-5 under the management of Sir Mortimer Wheeler.

The remaining parts belong to 4 distinct superimposed periods: Pre-Greek, Greek, Scythians, and Parthians. The city itself was established in the early 2nd century C.E. by the Bactrian Greek king Demetrius when Taxila was occupied by that Indo-Greek kingdom around 180 BCE. Sirkap was based on the opposite bank of the river from the 1st city of Taxila. During the rule of Bactrian Greek’s, some used the city as the capital during their rule. It is said that the city was rebuilt under the supervision of Menander later that century. For more visit our Website thelifetimenews.

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