Cultural Heritage

Connecting the Two Capitals: From Taxila to Islamabad
01/01/2020

When Pakistani government chose to shift capital from the bustling port city of Karachi to the north of Rawalpindi, where the Potohar plateau rises to Margalla Hills, little did they realize that they are establishing a direct territorial link to the capital of an ancient civilization, Takshasila, i.e., the hill capital of the Kingdom of Gandhara. Situated at the pivotal junction of trade routes of South Asia and Central Asia in the lush green...

Cultural Heritage on the Cusp of Silk Roads: Caravanserai Kharbooza in Islamabad
29/12/2019

Historically, the caravanserais supported the flow of commerce, information, and people across the Silk Road networks of trade routes connecting Asia, North Africa, and southeastern Europe. Many thousands of caravanserais were built across the world, over the millennium, from the 9th to the 19th centuries, in the wake of spread and stability of Muslim rule in vast territories across continents, leading to the growth of land trade between...

Defeating Terrorism to Promoting Tourism: Pakistan’s Promise for Cultural Diplomacy
29/12/2019

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts,” wrote famous American writer Mark Twain in his 1869 travel book, The Innocents Abroad. Pakistan was a prominent tourist destination in the days of overland journey connecting Pakistan with its Asian neighbors in the 1960-70s. The “hippie trail” brought thousands of travelers from Western Europe and America to...

Safeguarding Cultural Heritage
01/10/2019

Culture is the distinctive lifestyle, value systems and world views of a group of people that include traditions, beliefs and practices of a community. Culture is the fundamental marker of identity which binds the community together as a group. Heritage or Virsa is the legacy of the past generations in the form of values, norms and life styles, which include both tangible and intangible aspects. Cultural heritage is the legacy of physical artifacts...