Seri Bahlol

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Seri Bahlol
Seri-Bahlol Showing village view and agriculture land.JPG
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Official name Buddhist Ruins of Takht-i-Bahi and Neighbouring City Remains at Sahr-i-Bahlol
Location Pakistan Edit this at Wikidata
Coordinates 34°15′20″N 71°57′02″E / 34.255475°N 71.950689°E / 34.255475; 71.950689
Criteria Cultural: iv
Reference 140
Inscription 1980 (4th Session)
Seri Bahlol is located in Pakistan
Seri Bahlol
Location of Seri Bahlol

Seri Bahlol (Urdu: سیری بہلول‎) or Sehri Bahlol or Sahr-i-Bahlol, is located near Takht-i-Bahi, about 70 kilometres north-west of Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa, Pakistan.


Seri Bahlol is a historical place and it has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1980.[1] The Seri Bahlol ruins are the remnants of a small ancient fortified town built during the Kushan period.[1]

It contains the remains of Buddha, which have not been properly excavated. Antiques such as statues, coins, utensils and jewellery are commonly found.[2] The local people continue illegal excavation in their homes and land, damaging the historical monuments. Some of the local dealers of antiques misguide the local population and instigate them to involve them in illegal excavation. It requires national and international attention in order to reserve the remnants at Seri Bahlol.[1]

The word "Seri Bahlol" has been explained by various people in different ways. The local people, however, explain that this is a combination of two Hindi words "Sheri" means Sir and "Bahlol" the name of a prominent political and religious leader of the area. However, the name is not as old as the village Seri Bahlol. The village is located on a hillock protected by a well sophisticated stone wall which was constructed under the Kushans.[1] The wall is damaged in several places however, but it is still visible in many places. The village is surrounded by fertile land where the local people practice agriculture. For the last few years, the rapid population growth has engulfed the agriculture land and is a risk for food security.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Unesco [1]
  2. ^ Hassan Dani, Dr: The Peshawar

Coordinates: 34°15′19.71″N 71°57′02.48″E / 34.2554750°N 71.9506889°E / 34.2554750; 71.9506889