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Taxila

Listed under Archaeological Sites in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.

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Once a city made wealthy from being at the axis of conjoining trade routes, Taxila slipped into anonymity when these routes became obsolete in the face of modern transport techniques. Now under Pakistan’s jurisdiction, 35 km to the west of Islamabad, the ancient parts of the city have been excavated and emerge from the landscape like the enamel peaks of a wisdom tooth. Gandhara and Buddhist artefacts have been pristinely preserved for display in the Taxila Museum, which is open to tourists daily. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980, Taxila is a fascinating destination for archaeological enthusiasts or those with an interest in India’s art and history.

Written by  Alex Allen.

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Taxila

From the ancient Neolithic tumulus of Saraikala to the ramparts of Sirkap (2nd century B.C.) and the city of Sirsukh (1st century A.D.), Taxila illustrates the different stages in the development of a city on the Indus that was alternately influenced by Persia, Greece and Central Asia and which, from the 5th century B.C. to the 2nd century A.D., was an important Buddhist centre of learning.

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