There are some beautiful museums in the world which attract millions of visitors. The region of Mardan is rich in culture and especially Gandhara remains are matchless. The people of Mardan had the idea of a museum for a long time and they were keen to preserve the heritage. For this reason they formed National Heritage Preservation Societies in the past. Ultimately with the interest of the local Government Officials and the then commissioner of Mardan, Mr R N Sahibzada, the proposal of building a museum in Mardan was made in 1990. The museum was opened in April1991.
The original name is Takht-i-Bahi. This town is situated 15 km from Mardan on Swat Malakand road. In 1908/9 the ancient Buddhist history was discovered in the mountains. Large numbers of buildings look beautiful on top of the mountains.
Unfortunately the possessions of the houses and buildings have been taken away illegally and maybe decorating some famous buildings in the rest of the world. The population is expanding and new houses are approaching the site. If ignored for a few more years, the tourist and historic attractions will disappear.
Cultural heritage has a great historical significance. It represents the taste and theme of the time. The Guides Memorial Mardan also has a very relevant historical importance. It was built by the British in 1892 in memory of their soldiers who sacrificed their lives in defence of Queen’s Residency in Kabul on September 23rd 1879.This historical memorial was built in the centre of Mardan city.
The River (Gudar) in Hoti Mardan is very historical. In the past people used to cross the river in boats or just walk across when the water was shallow. In the last 50 years a few bridges have been built over the river at different locations which made the life easier. The communication has been better. One of these bridges was in Gulai Gudar, near Bibi Abai in Hoti .Although it was mainly used by the pedestrians and cattle but was still doing good job.
The severe flood in August this year swept away the bridge. Only a couple of pillars have been left behind. The authorities have not decided whether the bridge will be built again or not. The local people with the help of the Nazim have bought a Boat which is doing the job and something is better than nothing.
The world is moving forward and the people of Hoti are pushed backwards because of the lack of resources or possibly the lack in understanding the problems of the community. There is great uncertainty amongst the people as no one has any idea about the reconstruction of the bridge.And moreover whose responsibility is it to construct the Bridge?
The people have no option but to go back to the Basics.