KATHMANDU, Sept 25: The Embassy of Pakistan in Kathmandu organized a symposium on Sunday titled “Gandhara: Unveiling a Treasure Trove of History” to showcase the rich Buddhist heritage of Pakistan and its historical connections with Nepal.
Dhananjay Regmi, Chief Executive Officer of the Nepal Tourism Board, graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. The event saw the presence of various distinguished guests, including intellectuals, Buddhist monks and scholars, tour operators, and representatives of the Nepal Tourism Board.
The purpose of the event was to shed light on the historical treasures represented by the structures and relics of the ancient Gandhara Civilization, which are preserved in the plains and valleys of Punjab and KPK Provinces of Pakistan. It aimed to encourage enthusiasts of historical, cultural, and archaeological monuments to witness these remarkable motifs firsthand.
During the event, CEO Regmi shared his personal experience of visiting Pakistan, reminiscing about the depth and warmth of Nepal-Pakistan friendly relations. He also appreciated Pakistan's support and interest in the field of Buddhist heritage.
Distinguished speakers at the event discussed topics such as Pilgrimage to Buddhist Cradle – Taxila and Takht-e-Bahi, Gandhara’s Intellectual Contribution in Buddhism around the Globe, “Preserving History - Promoting Harmony,” and “Visiting Gandhara: Viability and Workability.” They commended the government of Pakistan’s efforts to preserve the rich history and promote harmony among different beliefs. The discussions also focused on the viability and workability of Gandhara Tourism.
In his remarks, Ambassador of Pakistan to Nepal Abrar H Hashmi, participating virtually, highlighted the historical Buddhist linkages between Nepal and Pakistan. He emphasized that the event aimed to provide a comprehensive outlook on the potential Gandhara holds for various visitors, be it tourists, students of history, devout Buddhists, or cultural and archaeological enthusiasts.
The envoy also assured that this event aimed to not only generate interest but also initiate discussions regarding practical options for developing a Buddhist Tourist route between Nepal and Pakistan.