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KPCTA to arrange train safari to Takht Bhai relics on Eid

By Bureau report
April 06, 2024
This image shows the train. — APP/File
This image shows the train. — APP/File

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Culture and Tourism Authority (KPCTA) is going to arrange another train safari to the historic Takht Bhai relics on April 13

The decision was taken at a meeting held with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister’s Advisor on Tourism and Culture Zahid Chanzeb in the chair on Friday, said a press release.Secretary Tourism and Culture Bakhtiar Khan, KPCTA Director General Barkatullah Marwat and Manager Events Hassina Shaukat and others attended the meeting.

Speaking on the occasion, Zahid Chanzeb said that the KPCTA would again organise guided train tours for females and families to the historic Takht Bhai Buddhist ruins to explore the historical significance of this remarkable site after overwhelming demand from the tourists and heritage lovers.

He said the train tour was also aimed at promoting religious tourism and informing people about the KP’s rich history and heritage sites.He said the train safari would take tourists from Saddar Cantt Railway Station at 9:00am and reach Takht Bhai Railway Station after sightseeing stops at various stations, including City Railway Station, Nasirpur, Pabbi, and Mardan.

“The tourists would be briefed on the historic significance of UNESCO’s World Heritage site besides visiting ancient monasteries inside the Buddhism Archaeological Complex,” he said, adding that the event was meant to inform the visitors about the traditions, culture of the Buddha era and the religious importance of these relics to Buddhism followers, who often visited these sites for prayer and meditation.

Zahid Chanzeb vowed that more activities would be organised for the entertainment of tourists and promotion of tourism in the province in future, and the train safari tour was also one of such endeavours in this regard.

KPCTA Director General Barkatullah Marwat said that the authority was arranging another guided tour for the families and tourists to highlight the grandeur of the heritage sites in KP and apprise the people of ancient history and culture of this part of the world as well.