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.
Mardan Perras / Badayooni Perras
Every city has its own specialty of sweets. Mardan is famous for a type of sweet called, Badayooni Perras. This is a unique type of sweet made of a special recipe. And this recipe is a secret to everyone. Badayoon is a district in Utrapradesh Province of India. The owners of Badayooni sweets are basically Pushtoons returning from Badayoon India at the time partition of India. They started their business of sweet in 1950. They were Ibn-e-Ali, Haji Mehboob Ali Khan and Haji Mehmood Ali Khan.
It has got a unique flavour. No one in the country can make such a tasty sweet. According to the owner a lot of people could make similar sweet but they can not produce the taste of Badayooni Perras.
The price of Badayooni is affordable to every one. The current price is 110 Rupees per 1Kg or £1.00 per Kg. This is one of the souvenirs of Mardan. The people all around the world like the perras and appreciate the taste.
The people of Mardan are happy to have such a good souvenir of their city. In Mardan there are so many shops selling Badayooni Perras but one shop is more popular than all others. They claim to be the best and the taste has not changed since 1950.
So if you have friends from Mardan who are visiting you abroad, do not forget to ask them to bring you Mardan Badayooni Perras. And tell them to go to the shop early as the stock finishes within hours of its production.
|Mardan Chapli Kabab|
It is made of mince, onions, tomatoes, chillies, maze flour, coriander and a few other spices. Mardan is one of the places where you can get the best Kababs. People from other regions come over here to enjoy eating Kababs. The famous names of Kabab Hotels are Thooth Karhay, Omar Kababi, Shah Gul Kababi,Kanrha Kababi Par Hoti, Abdul Haq Mayar,T akhtbai Kabab,S hahbaz Garha, Lala, Baba and Kaka Kababs, Shankar Kababi and many others.
Kabab is now a days a favourite item of the party dishes. It was originally flat oval shaped but now a different kind of Kabab called seekh Kabab is also available. Kabab is more consumed in winter as it keeps the body warm and is considered good for flue. In some Kababs eggs and Bone marrow is also added. It will cost you 120 rupees per kg (2 dollars) but you will never forget the taste. And especially if you have a day out climbing up Takhtbai or Shahbaz Garha mountains to see the Gandhara History in Mardan.