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It is said that Jahangeer’s army was coming back from Kashmir mission, it was evening time, and they were tired and looking for a place to stay. They started to search an appropriate place among Barren Mountains. After a little search they  were successful to find a place, where there was natural source of water. As soon as the Mughal King watched the natural spring, he loudly said Wah. His words punched on the stones of history. After that day, this territory is called Wah. 


Mughal Garden Wah

It is adjacent to the Taxila City, which is called as the “First University of The World” as well as it is enriched with one of the enriched with one of the most important archeological sites of the Asia as well as world.



Wah Cantt is located in the north west of Islamabad ay the distance of 50KM. It is a valley as it is surrounded by hills from all directions. Mughal Emperor Zaheer-UD-Din Baber has mentioned in his book about the Wah region.


Wah has a historical background. Wah has always been a favorite place of the Mughal rulers. They built here several gardens such as the most famous “Wah Garden”. It is still present with its remains. It is located on the main G.T Road bisecting the Islamabad. Garden has a historical value as well as it is a beautiful and attractive picnic spot. Still this park has potential to drive the people from different places.


Wells are the important remaining of the Mughals; one of them still exists with its Mughal glory that is in the Sher Shah Park Aslam Market, where it is said that Sher Shah horses used to drink water. Wah is the area having fertile soil. It is suitable for growing every sort of crops and especially fruits. This area was not so much developed before the construction of the Pakistan Ordinance Factories.


The word ”Cantt” was added to Wah in 1951,when Prime Minister Khawaja Nizam-UD-Din unveiled the stone of Pakistan Ordinance Factory Wah Cantt. It is the sole one ammunition factory of Wah Cantt. It is the complex of 14 factories.




The world ”Taxila” is being inferred from the word “Takshasila”

Means “City of Stones”. Taxila had been the cradle of the world’s greatest civilization. It is the place where Gandhara civilization and sculpture art roots and flourished. There are excavated ruins of three prominent cities Bhir Mound, Sirkap, and Sirsukh. There are also many important ministries, Stupas and palace excavated all among the Taxila valley.


Taxila Museum


Taxila was conquered by Alexander in 327 BC. It latter came under the Mauryan dynasty and attained a remarkably mature level of development under the great Ashoka. Then appeared the Indo-Greek descendants of Alexander’s warriors and finally came the most creative period of Gandhara. The great Kushan dynasty was established somewhere near 50AD.During the next 200 yeas Taxila become a renowned center of learning, philosophy and pilgrims and traveler were attracted to it from as far away as China and Greece.


Back on the GT road you reach Hasan Abdal, a pleasant little town particularly associated with Sikhs. Sikh pilgrims still visit it from India every year. Hasan Abdal has been a holy place for various religious groups throughout the ages, largely because of its springs. In the 7th century A.D., Chinese Buddhist pilgrim Hsuan Tsand reported that the place was sacred to the Buddhist and that there was a tank dedicated to a serpent King, Elapatra.

In the 15th century A.D. that town was associated with Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikh religion, and with a   



contemporary Muslim saint, Pir or Baba Wali of Qandhar, who may or may not be the same person as another Muslim saint, Hasan Abdal, after whom the town is named.





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