Tourist Destination Type
So many historical sites in Pakistan happen to be ancient civilizations- and the lost city of Taxila is one of them! The origin of the city dates back to 1000 BCE, though some ruins at the site are thought to be as old as 3360 BCE. Woah!
Due to its strategic location just off the Grand Trunk Road, it changed hands many a time throughout its history.
Interestingly, the University of Ancient Taxila is considered to be one of the oldest in the world, though this is still disputed amongst scholars. In 1980, the entire city was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Keep in mind that Taxila is not just one spot but rather more than a dozen ancient structures that include a cave, a monastery, stupas and more spread out over a pretty wide area.
There is also a museum near the ruins that charges an entry fee.
Due to its close proximity to Islamabad (32 km), Taxila has long been one of the most popular historical places in Pakistan and can be easily visited as a day trip from the capital.
Visiting Hours: Museum is open from 9AM-5PM, ruins are more flexible
Entrance Fee: Ruins are free, the museum costs 200 rupees for foreigners and 50 for Pakistanis