ISLAMABAD – The Directorate of Archeology and Museums (DOAM) of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have taken various measures to preserve a World Heritage Site ‘Takht-i-Bahi’ and are committed to ensuring a center of attraction among people as well as foreign tourists.
Speaking to APP, a DOAM official said on Sunday: “This site is considered one of the most important relics of Buddhism and has been exceptionally well preserved.” He said the site is also threatened by a number of other factors, including uncontrolled vegetation which is one of the main causes of degradation, inadequate drainage and a lack of security to prevent uncontrolled animal and human encroachment. authorized and illegal excavations. Pollution from local factories and vehicular traffic is also a serious threat which adds to the deterioration of the site due to which a number of measures have been taken to preserve the value and dignity of the heritage. The official also informed that the Buddhist ruins of Takht-i-Bahi and the remains of the nearby city of Sahr-i-Bahlol are one of the most imposing relics of Buddhism in the Gandhara region of the country.
He said the Takhi-i-Bahi Buddhist ruins are a monastic complex and are spectacularly positioned on various peaks ranging from 36.6 meters to 152.4 meters in height, typical of Buddhist sites. He said the location of the Buddhist ruins of Takht-i-Bahi on high hills; it escaped successive invasions and is exceptionally well preserved.