The Treasure Trove Of Takht Bahi

Just near Mardan in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa sits Takht Bahi, a mysterious Buddhist monastic complex dating to the 1st century BCE, with a small fortified city nearby and rolling green pastures famous for sugar cane, wheat, maze,orchards cultivation and ofcourse the city for aromatic chapli kebabs!

Researchers believe that the monastery of Takht-i-Bahi was first mentioned by General Court, the French officer of Maharaja Ranjit Singh in 1836 and is the most elegantly laid out Buddhist structure in Pakistan thus in 1980 it was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Geographically Takht-i-Bhai is impressively situated on a rocky hill some 300-500 feet above the Peshawar plain. From the top of the hill behind monastery, one can look down across the plains as far as Peshawar on one side and up to the Malakand Pass and the hills of Swat on the other and towards north is the Hindu Kush.

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