Islamabad – 3rd Gift to the World

Budha.jpgTo celebrate the spirit of the holidays and reinforce the pleasure of gift giving to promote good will over the next few weeks, all the Metroblogging cities are giving 7 gifts to the world throughout the week of NOV 26th – DEC 2.

This is Islamabad’s 3rd Gift to the World.

Islamabad has long historic perspective of the land where it is situated today. The area has been a seat of the world’s leading civilizations from the time immemorial. There is plenty of evidence to support this argument. For example, 20 million years old fossil remains, 2 million years old man-made stone tools, 7000 years old early human settlements which lead to the world famous Indus Civilization, Gandhara Grave Culture and Gandhara art, early Islamic settlements, Sultanate and Mughal period, their art and craft. There are many Budhist Caves dispersed around the Margalla Hills. However, 30 kilometers northwest of modern Islamabad rest the ruins of one of the oldest civilizations on the planet called Ghandara.

Islamabad and it’s localities are a great reservoir of the heritage of Ghandhara Civilization and Moghuls. Taxila with its layers of various Ghandhaara Kingdom is unsurpassed as treasure house of Buddhist sculpture and artifact.In days of yore (seventh or sixth century BCE), Taxila was very famous,it is mentioned in several languages: in Sanskrit, the city was called Takshacila, which may be interpreted as ‘prince of the serpent tribe’; in Pali it was known as Takkasila; the Greeks knew the town as Taxila, which the Romans rendered as Taxilla; the Chinese called it Chu-ch’a-shi-lo.

Taxila.jpgTaxila is the abode of many splendid Buddhist establishments. Taxila, the main centre of Gandhara, is over 3,000 years old. It had attracted Alexander the great from Macedonia in 326 BC, with whom the influence of Greek culture came to this part of the world. Taxila later came under the Mauryan dynasty and reached a remarkable matured level of development under the great Ashoka. During the year 2 BC, Buddhism was adopted as the state religion, which flourished and prevailed for over 1,000 years, until the year 10 AD. During this time Taxila, Swat and Charsadda (old Pushkalavati) became three important centers for culture, trade and learning. Hundreds of monasteries and stupas were built together with Greek and Kushan towns such as Sirkap and Sirsukh, both in Taxila.

For the 3rd of our gifts to the world, Islamabad gives you the access to remnants of one of the most ancient culture and civilization on earth : Taxila.

Since November 26, Metroblogging sites around the globe have been unveiling seven gifts their cities can share with the world – one gift a day for seven days. David Markland over at the Los Angeles metblog site has put up an ongoing guide for all the posts on this subject.

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2 Comments so far

  1. A for apple (unregistered) on November 30th, 2006 @ 4:40 pm

    And well this gift is stolen and smuggled to the world anyways … whether we give it with will or without …!!!!

    Thsi post reminded me of matric’s pak studies book … Coool post …!

    2 more to go ….islamabad :>


  2. Phil (unregistered) on December 1st, 2006 @ 12:12 pm

    While traveling down the Motorway, rather northwards, the drive is so peaceful yet intense. Full of silent emotion that floods into one when one looks out the window to see the green pastures, and rolling hills and those rugged calcium ladden jagged mountains that were once fought over but all sorts of religious, political sects. Mughals, Christians, Byzantines, Alexandrians, Buddhists, Hindus, Tartars, Aryans British and the list goes on!

    One can see the ghosts of those armies still fighting over those spoils… buried for eternity in those ground where trees stand silent watching over them, now and for centuries on end.

    Great post, I am great fan of history and this really made me realize what I took for granted… Geography, not that much.

    :)



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