Gandhara week

Federal Department of Archaeology and Museums is all set to celebrate the third “Gandhara week” from 26th March.
The event is being held in connection with the Destination Pakistan 2007, which I think was a flop from day one. The archaelogy department would make all-out efforts to facilitate the tourist coming to Texila. A sound and light show portrying the ancient Buddhist culture will also be held at Dharamrajika stupa and monastery during the celebrations.
The Stupa is the oldest monument in texila and comprises of a number of buildings, a monastery and a series of small chapels. Gold, Jewellery and other antiques have also been discovered at the site.

An aerial view of Dharamrajika Buddhist monastery and stupa where a soud and light will be held as a part of Gandhara week celebrations(Pic given in Dawn).

5 Comments so far

  1. Asma (unregistered) on March 23rd, 2007 @ 11:21 pm

    Yah I was following the artifacts and stuff they’re printing these days in paper — It sounds so interesting :)

  2. anon (unregistered) on March 23rd, 2007 @ 11:34 pm

    Man!!! this Gandhaara or Taakshilaa civilisation is one big scam like UFOs propagated by Ahmad Hasan Daani and other grave diggers.There never was Taakshila or Ashoka or Gupta.They wanted to create a Pakistani version of the history so dug up all these Harappas or Moenjo-Daro or MeharGarh.If there was any such civilisation why did it vanish all of sudden like dinosaurs and leaving these Pothhohari nuts ready to slit each others throat in the name of “Maadi kukdi maari chhaddhis, me tusaan ke naa chhad saan”.Quite a legacy enh?

  3. Bulla (unregistered) on March 24th, 2007 @ 4:26 am

    I’ve been to this place, certainly worth a visit! The sad thing is that the government hardly pays any attention to its protection. The stupas there require umbrellas for protection from rain and sun on urgent basis!

    btw, the guide there was very informative and helpful – do visit the place if you happen to be in Swat.

  4. JayJay (unregistered) on March 24th, 2007 @ 4:38 am

    Anon: Your sarcasm of Pothoharis was unwarranted. By ridiculing their dialect you are not augmenting your argument in anyway.

  5. Omer Farooq (unregistered) on March 24th, 2007 @ 7:09 pm

    I completely agree with JAYJAY…

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