Taxila Tour (1-Day Trip from Islamabad)

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Daily Tour

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12 people


English, Urdu

About this tour

Tour is a good option if you are in Islamabad for multiple days and if you have an interest in culture, history, and heritage. The city’s archaeological wealth was first brought to the attention of the Western world by British archaeologist Sir Alexander Cunningham in the mid-19th century. His meticulous excavations unearthed a treasure trove of relics that spoke volumes about Taxila’s ancient past. These findings, which included sculptures, coins, and pottery, ignited global interest in Taxila’s historical significance, laying the foundation for its status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980.


  • Located just about 35 km from Islamabad, the tour is convenient for a day trip, offering a quick escape into a rich historical landscape.
  • Taxila is an ancient city that dates back to at least the 5th century BCE. It has been a hub for Buddhism, Hinduism, and early Christianity, reflecting a confluence of cultures and religions.
  • The British archaeologist who brought Taxila to the Western world’s attention in the mid-19th century. His findings uncovered significant historical relics.
  • Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980 due to its extensive archaeological wealth and historical importance.
  • The excavations led by Sir Alexander Cunningham unearthed a variety of relics, including sculptures, coins, and pottery, which highlight the city's ancient past.
  • The ancient fortified city ruins.
  • A significant Buddhist stupa built to house relics of the Buddha.
  • Remains of an ancient Buddhist monastery with stupas and statues.
  • Another notable monastery with well-preserved structures.
  • Houses a vast collection of artifacts discovered in the area, including ancient sculptures, jewelry, coins, and everyday items, providing a comprehensive overview of the region's history and culture.
  • The tour offers deep insights into the ancient civilizations that flourished in this region, making it a perfect trip for those interested in history, culture, and archaeology
  • Picturesque Landscapes: Besides its historical significance, Taxila is surrounded by beautiful landscapes, adding to the overall experience of the trip.
  • Typically, tours include expert guides who provide detailed information and narratives about the historical and cultural significance of each site.


  • Hotel Accommodation
  • Transport (SUV, Sedan Car, Grand Cabin)
  • Fuel
  • Experienced Local Guide
  • Parking, toll, and miscellaneous expenses.
  • Breakfast
  • Meals
  • Tickets and Activities
  • Flight tickets (which could be included if required)
  • Personal Expenses
  • Tip


Depart from Islamabad

  • Start your day trip by departing from Islamabad in the morning.
  • Taxila is located around 35 kilometers (22 miles) away, which takes roughly 1 hour by car.

Taxila Museum

  • Arrive at the Taxila Museum, your first stop.
  • This museum houses an impressive collection of artifacts from the ancient Gandhara civilization.
  • Explore the intricate sculptures, coins, pottery, and jewelry that provide insights into the region’s rich history.

Jaulian Monastery

  • Head to the nearby Jaulian Monastery, just 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) from the museum.
  • This ancient Buddhist site features stupas, meditation cells, and intricate carvings.
  • Learn about the religious significance of the site and its architectural marvels.

Sirkap Archaeological Site

  • Drive approximately 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) to reach the Sirkap archaeological site.
  • Explore the remains of an ancient city that flourished during the time of Alexander the Great.
  • Admire the layout of streets, houses, and marketplaces that reflect the urban planning of its era.

Mohra Muradu Stupa

  • Proceed 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) to the Mohra Muradu Stupa.
  • This stupa showcases intricate carvings and is a serene spot to learn about the significance of stupas in Buddhism.
  • Enjoy the peaceful surroundings and capture memorable photographs.

Julian Monastery Ruins

  • Head back to explore the Julian Monastery ruins, located 3 kilometers (1.9 miles) away.
  • Spend some time wandering through the ancient ruins, imagining life during its heyday.

Return to Islamabad

  • Depart from Taxila and start your journey back to Islamabad.
  • Reflect on your rich history and cultural experiences throughout the day.


  • Arrive back in Islamabad in the evening, completing your day trip to Taxila and its archaeological wonders




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