Japanese Ambassador visits centuries-old Shah Allah Ditta Buddhist caves in Islamabad

Japanese envoy inaugurates information board at Shah Allah Ditta caves

Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan Matsuda Kuninori visited the historical Shah Allah Ditta caves in Islamabad and inaugurated an information board.

The Japanese ambassador visited the site on the invitation of the former deputy mayor of Islamabad Syed Zeeshan Naqvi.

The centuries-old Buddhist caves are located at the foothills of the Margalla in Shah Allah Ditta village. The Japanese ambassador said he was mesmerized by the beauty and significance of this ancient historical archeological site.

“This is indeed a very important place to visit for me and I feel delighted having this opportunity to see the ancient Buddha caves located in the vicinity of Islamabad,” Ambassador Matsuda said in a heartfelt message.

Japanese envoy said that Pakistan has rich potential in tourism sector and it can easily become the hub of foreign tourists keeping in view its ancient history, Gandhara civilization and natural landscape.

Pakistan is now a safer place for foreign tourists, he said, hoping that many Japanese tourists to come to Pakistan in the near future.

“After visiting this place, I would introduce and recommend this important Buddhist caves site in Shah Allah Ditta among the Japanese people to visit as this is the area from where Buddhist civilization reached Japan and the foundation of Japan-Pakistan friendship was in fact laid down centuries ago”, said the Ambassador.

Moving up the mountain from the caves, the Ambassador also visited the historic ‘Alexander’s Well’ and was amazed by seeing this drinking water facility at the top of the Margalla hills established in ancient times as this place is believed to be used as a route from Kabul to the Gandhara city of Taxila by Alexander the Great.

Nuxhat Khurshidhttps://islamabadscene.com
Nuxhat Khurshid is a passionate writer, reader and documentary-maker. She mostly writes on environment, climate change and development issues for Islamabad Scene.

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