Taxila the most important Buddhist site in Pakistan

Taxila, is a city in Rawalpindi District of the Punjab, Pakistan. Taxila is arranged around 32 km (20 mi) north-west of Islamabad and Rawalpindi, along the noteworthy Grand Trunk Road, close to the essential Sikh journey focus of Hasan Abdal, and the Mughal-period Wah Gardens.

Antiquated Taxila was verifiably alluded to as Takshashila in Sanskrit, and Takkasila in Pali. The most punctual settlement at Taxila was established around 1000 BCE at the Hathial site. The Hindu epic ballad Mahābhārata is accepted to have been first presented at Taxila, by the sage Vaiśampāyana. By a few records, Taxila was home to one of the soonest, if not the principal, colleges on the planet.

Taxila’s remnants are globally famous, and work as a progression of interrelated locales, including: a mesolithic buckle, the remaining parts of 4 antiquated urban areas, and Buddhist religious communities and stupas.The old vestiges of Taxila were pronounced an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980.


Taxila was in old circumstances referred to in Pali as Takkasila, and in Sanskrit as Takshashila (IAST: Takṣaśilā). The city’s Sanskrit name signifies “City of Cut Stone”. The city’s old Sanskrit name on the other hand signifies “Shake of Taksha” – in reference to the Ramayana story that expresses the city was established by Bharata, more youthful sibling of the focal Hindu divinity Rama, and named to pay tribute to Bharata’s child, Taksha.

The city’s advanced name, be that as it may, is gotten from the old Greek chronicle of the old city’s name, noted in Ptolemy’s Geography. The Greek interpretation of Taxila turned out to be all around favored after some time, while the Pali and Sanskrit renditions dropped out of utilization.


Taxila (satrapy) and Taxila (old)

Early settlement

The locale around Taxila was settled by the neolithic time, with a few remnants at Taxila dating to 3360 BCE. Ruins dating from the Early Harappan period around 2900 BCE have additionally been found in the Taxila area, though the zone was in the long run relinquished after the fall of the Indus Valley Civilisation.

The main significant settlement at Taxila was built up around 1000 BCE. By 900 BCE, the city was at that point engaged with local business, as found earthenware shards uncover exchanging ties between the city and Puṣkalāvatī.

Taxila was established in a key area along the old “Regal Highway” that associated the capital at Pataliputra in Bihar, with old Peshawar, Puṣkalāvatī, and onwards towards Central Asia by means of Kashmir, Bactria, and Kāpiśa.Taxila in this manner changed hands many circumstances throughout the hundreds of years, with numerous domains competing for its control.


Taxila is one of northern Pakistan’s most imperative vacationer goals, and is home to the Taxila Museum which holds countless from Taxila’s unearthings. Despite the fact that the quantity of outside guests to the site definitely declined following the beginning of an Islamist insurrection in Pakistan in 2007, guest numbers started to observably enhance by 2017 after the lawfulness circumstance in the locale had extraordinarily enhanced after the beginning of the 2014 Zarb-e-Azb crusade propelled by the Pakistani Army against radical Islamist aggressors.

In 2017, the Pakistani government reported its goal to form Taxila into a site for Buddhist religious pilgrimage.As part of the endeavors, it declared that a presentation on the Buddhist legacy of the district would be held in Thailand, and that the Thai government would aid protection endeavors at the site. Relics from Taxila were additionally sent to Sri Lanka for the 2017 Vesak occasion as a feature of a push to exhibit the locale’s Buddhist heritage. The Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation likewise reported in 2017 that a visit transport administration would be propelled between the Taxila Museum and Islamabad.

Notwithstanding the remnants of old Taxila, relics of Mughal greenhouses and remnants of recorded Grand Trunk Road are likewise found in Taxila. Nicholson’s Obelisk, named out of appreciation for Brigadier John Nicholson who kicked the bucket in amid the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857, is a landmark from the British period that invites explorers touching base from Rawalpindi/Islamabad.