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.
Furniture in Mardan
The wood work in Mardan has been of a top quality for many years. Whether you want this for house, office, Hujra or your wedding, there is always good quality furniture available. The designs in the past can be considered as excellent pieces of antique furniture. The famous of these were Tawray (a long, high 4 legged storage cupboard), the red colour wedding bed (Palang) and Takhta Posh (wooden surface for praying).
The reason for the development of the furniture work is the availability of almost all kind of wood in Mardan. You can get a range of furniture, from a top quality expensive stuff to a cheap and affordable material. The wood makers are also busy working in Sheikh Maltoon Town, Hayat Abad and other housing schemes. You can get readymade or you can order any furniture design. There are small and some large factories in Mardan. These include Wood Co, Wood Peckers, Dewdar Furniture, Hoti Furniture and a few others.