Takht-i-Bhai ,Mardan , KPK
what should be here?
The ostentatious structure and imposing relics of the Buddhist monastery Takht-i-Bhai (Throne of Origins) have captivated a large number of locals and tourists who have flocked to see the ancient site which dates back to early 1st century AD.
Listed in the World Heritage List, it is considered one of the most well-structured Buddhist monasteries in Gandhara district.
It is perched about 500 feet atop a small hill, about 2 kilometres east of the Takht Bhai bazaar in Mardan district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), once known as the heart of the Gandhara civilization, which attracts tourists, historians, archaeologists and Buddhists from across the world.
The Buddhist complex and the village, as locals say, is named after the two wells found on top of the hill near the complex, however, a majority believes that takht means throne and bhai means water in Persian language.
The historical site is an archaeological wonder, considered to be significant because of its unique design. The grandeur of its architecture and serenity of its location leaves lasting traces in the minds and hearts of visitors.