(Pushkalavati) is the ancient capital of Gandhara. It was
inhabited from 600 BC to 200 AD. The Kushans moved the capital to
present-day Peshawar, closer to the strategically vital Khyber
Alexander's army, under General
Hephaestion, took the city after a thirty days siege in 327 BC.
Charsadda is about 30km from Peshawar,
across the Kabul River.
Not much remains today, other than a
large mound, and Charsadda is now a peaceful rural community.
Pic: Camels grazing at Charsadda
Takht i Bahi was
developed as a Buddhist monastery between 1st and 7th centuries
are in reasonable condition. Cold drinks are available at the top, after
a walk up from the road.
ruins are visible in the area, and the park is well maintained and well