If the ancient arts of Gandhāran and the remnants of Vedic culture tickle you pink, Taxila is the place to be while holidaying in Islamabad. Every year a good number of globetrotters, especially those having a penchant for history and archaeology board flights to Islamabad and take a day tour to Taxila. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the most important archaeological sites in South Asian region and narrates the ancient tales of rich history dating back from 6th century BC to the 5th century CE. The mystical ruins found in this region depict a lot about various dynasties which ruled here over the centuries. A visit to these historical treasures offers an opportunity to peep into rich cultural heritage of this prehistoric evolution.
Holidaymakers disembarking flights at Islamabad can drive down to Taxila and explore the pre-historic ruins to get a deeper insight on the Gandhāra, Hun and Kushan Empires. Taxila Museum is one of the ideal places to head to if you have a special interest in Kushan dynasty and Buddhism. Various displays from that era like old coins, temple friezes as well as artefacts made of silver and bronze depict the political, social as well as economic structure of that particular time. This thought provoking repository is open to public every day from 8 am to 12.30 pm and 2.30 pm to 5.30 pm; except first Monday of each month and closes early during the holy month of Ramadan.
Apart from drawing an impact on the glorious past of the Indus Valley Civilisation, this heritage site nearby Islamabad, boasts several landmarks and monuments that reflects the colonial period of the nation. The Army Museum, Rajah Bazaar and Pakistan Monument are few of many prominent tourist attractions near Islamabad portraying the pre-independent period of the country and draw attention of many local as well as foreign tourists arriving here by flights. Besides, nature lovers taking holidays in Islamabad often avail weekend getaway tours to the Margalla Hills. This is a part of Murree Range and offers breathtaking sceneries which are enough to give flights to visitors’ fancies. Moreover, the crisscrossing hiking trails have made Margalla one of the prime reasons to take an expedition here.