Bhallar Buddhist Stupa is visible from far off across the Havelian rail bridge over river Haro, near Taxila.
History of Bhallar Buddhist Stupa
- The current shape of Bhallar Stupa was built by Asoka loyalists somewhere after the 5th century AD. It has stood the test of time since then because it was pretty high in the mountain back then.
- Buddha is said to have made an offering of his head at this very site.
- A sacred Buddhist site here, is also mentioned in the travelogue of Chinese Traveler Fa Hien (Hu Tsiang) who came to the Buddhist “holy land” of Taxila in the 4th century AD.
- Hu Tsiang had come to Taxila to seek original text of Buddhist holy books when he came across this stupa. The place housed a monastery that doubled up as a travelers’ rest house.
- It was at Bhallar stupa that the Buddhist holy man Kumaralabha compiled his religious treatise.
Bhallar Stupa distance from Islamabad
Bhallar is 70 Km from Islamabad and it takes 1.5 hours to get there on the Wah Cantt – HMC road.
The road is narrow till HMC factory, after which it breaks down.
Who should visit Bhallar Stupa?
Only those people should visit Bhallar Stupa site who have an interest in History and Archeology, otherwise, there is not much to see for them.
The view from the majestic Bhallar stupa is beautiful.
Things to see at Bhallar Stupa
- Bhallar is situated on top of the Sarda mountain range, so you have to climb about 10 minutes to reach the top.
- There are ruins of a Buddhist monastery at the site too.
- This Stupa is located at a distance of 15 km from the Buddhist complex of Taxila which comprises
Best time to visit Bhallar Stupa
The best time to visit Bhallar Stupa is in winters when the blood oranges of Khanpur and Taxila are ripe for plucking.
Is Bhallar stupa safe?
The place is safe for families and women and is a peaceful place to have a picnic.
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