Taxila – A city located roughly 35 kms from Islamabad. Taxila has a rich history of archeological sites, most built between 600 BC and 500 AD. For over 1000 years, Taxila remained a hub for learning Gandhara art, architecture, and for Buddhist education. There are over 50 sites within a 30 km radius relevant to Buddhist culture, including Dhamarajika Stupa and Monastary (300 BC–200 AD), Bhir Mound (600-200 BC), Sirkap (200 BC-600 AD), Jandial Temple (250 BC) and Jaulian Monastery (200-600 AD).
Dharmarajika Stupa – Also referred to as The Great Stupa, dating back to the 2nd century CE. It was built to house small bone fragments of the Buddha. This site was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980.
Bhir Moud – Contains some of the oldest ruins of Taxila, dating back to the 4th Century. It has been inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980.
Taxila Museum – Home to a collection of art dating back to 600-700 BC, from to Gandharan Empire.
Takht-i-Bahi – An archaeological of an ancient Buddhist monastery. Built atop a hill, adjacent to a stream, this site has been exceptionally well-preserved. It was founded in the 1st century CE and was in use until the 7th century. Takht-i-Bahi was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980.
Bhamala – The site known for its 1700-year-old sleeping statue of Buddha.
Peshawar- Home to nearly 500 sites relevant to Buddhist culture.