Giri-1 monastery, (near) Taxila, Punjab, PK

Raw data

Giri Fort and Monastery : It was built in the fifth century perhaps as a stronghold for the thousands of monks in Taxila Valley. About 500 meters of the fort wall still stands. Part of the monastery is also in good condition.

Giri complex of monuments
Punjab, Pakistan

"The glen of Giri is located 8 km north-east of Taxila, at the foot of Margallah. It is approached through a rough torrent bed near two villages named Khurram Gujar and Khurram Paracha.
Two groups of Buddhist establishments are found here, a fort, a Muslim Ziarat and mosques, all ranging from the early Kushana period to the time of Akbar(1556-1605). The Buddhist constructions fall into two groups- the eastern and the western. The eastern group, which stands just above the spring, consists of a stupa in the north and monastery in the south. The western group consists of a stupa of square shape in the north and a monastery on the east.
To the north of the monasteries lie mosques, Ziarats, and a rocky hill strengthened by a fort wall having semi-circular bastions. Inside there are remains of dwellings and other structures. The fortification belong to a time much later than that of the Huns.
There are remains of two monasteries and stupas, one on the top of the hill [= Giri-1 - tmciolek] and other below it [= Giri-2 - tmciolek] . The remains of Giri Fort are perched on the hill top, with spring water falling within it. The fort was built in 5th century by the Buddhist monks. Later, it was used by Sultan Masud, son of Sultan Mahmud of Gazni.",267,0,0,1,0 citing

Input by: tmciolek, July 13, 2012

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 07 Apr 2013

Lat/Long coordinates' accuracy:
The monastery in question is assumed to be situated actually no farther than 200 m from the point defined by the coordinates below.

Location of Giri-1 monastery, PK.

General location of the Giri-1 monastery, PK.
Lat 33.72763 Long 72.88353
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2012.

Google Map link:,%20PK)&ll=33.72763,72.88353&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Giri-1 monastery -

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • Pakistan: Punjab

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Giri-1, approx., Lat 33.72763 Long 72.88353 - based on the visual identification of the site in maps, - tmciolek, 25 Jul 2012.

5. Other known nearby Buddhist monasteries

6. Ancient name of the known nearest city, town, or village

7. The settlement's alternative/historical names

8. The settlement's coordinates

  • Taxila Ruins of Sirkup, approx., Lat 33.755 Long 72.829 - based on the visual identification of the site in maps, - tmciolek, 13 Jul 2012.

9. Monastery's major Buddhist tradition

  • [missing data]

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

  • [missing data]

11. Date-early

  • MBM chrono-tag 0400-32p 0433-66p 0467-99p - tmciolek 07 Apr 2013
  • 0400-32p 0433-66p 0467-99p dated-e

12. Date-intermediate

  • [missing data]

13. Date-late

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

  • [missing data]

15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • archaeological, architectural

16. Additional notes

  • [missing data] (incl. details of the size of the monastic population)

17. Corrections & addenda to this page were kindly provided by

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