Hindu and Buddhist Architectural Heritage of Pakistan – Part 9

13 – Pushkalavati:

Pushkalavati

Peshawar valley is full of ancient sites and Pushkalavati is among one of those that located in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. This notable Hindu and Buddhist architectural site of Pakistan is located just around the junction of Swat River with Kabul River on its banks. The ancient meaning of this historical city is “Lotus City” which was on its peak during Gandhara kingdom as it served as their capital from 6th century BC to second century AD. You can still find ruins of this ancient city that actually consist of several stupas.

14 – Shahbaz Garhi:

 Shahbaz Garhi

North West Frontier Province, which is known as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa at the moment, has many ancient sites that are linked to Hindu and Buddhist architectural sites in Pakistan. Shahbaz Garhi is one of those sites that are the part of Mardan District. It is the center point of three ancient routes in Mardan District and is generally known as the part of junction of these routes. The site of Buddha was excavated in 1960s by a team of Japanese in Shahbaz Garhi.

15 – Sehri Bahlol:

A_general_view_of_Seri-Bahlol

Sehri Bahlol, which is also named in ancient stories and references as Seri Bahlol, is another ancient, historical Buddhist site in Peshawar valley, the part of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. This ancient site is located towards north-west of Peshawar at a distance of around 70 kilometers. UNESCO World Heritage List added Sehri Bahlol, a well-popular historical place, in 1980. There are several Buddha remains that have been found from this place.

16 – Sawabi:

Sawabi is a beautiful city in northern area of Pakistan which is located in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. It serves as the capital of Sawabi District. The residents of Sawabi are called as “Swabiwaal”. There are several historical and ancient places in this capital of Sawabi District, including Sher Bano Tomb, Yousuf Khan, Ranj Gut, Kara Maar Ghar, Sona Baba Ghar. This site is also the home of many Alexander The Great remains that have been found in Hund in Sawabi District.

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