Taxila has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1980. Promoting sustainable tourism with a focus on the preservation of key heritage sites in Pakistan is a mission of Destinations Media through our #SaafDestinations two-point agenda (the second point is ensuring urgent climate action).

The five-day Gandhara Festival held at the Taxila Museum has concluded successfully. Titled “Roots or Routes: Exploring Pakistan’s Buddhist and Jain Histories”, the Gandhara Festival was organized by Center for Culture and Development (C2D) on behalf of UNESCO under the Punjab Tourism Economy Growth Project (PTEGP) and World Bank. Our special thanks extends to the organizers for permission to film at this unique historical site.

Located in modern day Punjab, Pakistan, Taxila is a premier city of the Gandharan civilization with history tracing back to almost 1000 CE. A hub for Buddhism, a centre of learning and an urban metropolis, Taxila was always a meeting point of various cultures. Although it was lost to time for nearly 1000 years, the metropolis first came to light in the late 1800s CE under renowned British antiquarian Alexander Cunningham and again in the 1900s CE under the first director of the Archaeological Survey of India, John Marshall.

The city has been an important cultural center since inception and the Mahabharata was reported to have first been recited here. Today the soul of Taxila as a spiritual center lives on in the ruins of this ancient and mysterious city