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Peshawar City

Peshawar is the capital of the Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa or KP.   It is situated in the broad Valley of Peshawar near the eastern end of the historic Khyber Pass, close to the border with Afghanistan, Peshawar’s recorded history dates back to at least 539 BCE, making it the oldest city in Pakistan and one of the oldest cities in South Asia.   As the centre of the ancient Gandhara region, Peshawar served as the capital of the Kushan Empire and was home to the Kanishka Stupa.   The city was an important trading centre during the Mughal era.    The city is relatively prosperous, famous for its food and has many attractions for tourists.

Peshawar is connected with rest of the country through air, rail and road including N-5 and M-1 motorway.

Numerous very good quality hotels including Pearl Continental are located at Peshawar.  Beside local tri-wheeler Rakksha, Cream and Ober taxi services are also available to move around the city and surroundings. 

Old city, Qila Bala Hassar, Namak Mandi, Qisa Khawani Bazaar and Kyber Pass are some of the tourists’ attractions in Peshawar.

Old City

Old City of Peshawar consists of many bazaars like Khwani Bazaar, Namak Mandi, Bazar-e-Kalan, Khyber Bazar, gardens like Khalid bin waleed park, Shahi bagh and Wazir bagh and old living quarters.   All kind of stuff, local as well as imported is sold in shops of Bazaars.  Masjid Wazir Khan is an important landmark of the city.  “Kulfa” of  Qissa Khwani Bazar is very famous among locals as well as visitors sold in the hot months from  April to September.  Traditional food, which is many forms of meat dishes are also available at  Namak Mandi which remain open till late night.   Namak Mandi is a must-visit place along with Qisa Khawani Bazaar for all tourists.  

Qila Bala Hissar  

Bala Hissar is a historic fortress located in Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. The fort was used as a royal residence for the Durrani Empire. The fort was given to “ border force “ responsible for guarding the frontier during British Raj and it now serves as headquarters for Pakistan’s Frontier Corps which more or less doing same job.

The fort has been opened for tourists (Saturday for families only and Sundays will be opened for everyone, with or without family) without any cost or ticket, however local tourists are required to bring their CNIC along with them, while international tourists are required to bring their passports for the purpose of identification and registration. There is also a museum of the Frontier Corps in the fort showcasing the different uniforms of Frontier Corps throughout time since the start of Frontier Corps and weaponry used by different local units of Frontier Corps KP.

Khyber Pass

The Khyber Pass is a mountain pass in the northwest of Pakistan, on the border with Afghanistan. It connects the town of Landi Kotal to the Valley of Peshawar at Jamrud by traversing part of the Spin Ghar Mountains. An integral part of the ancient Silk Road, it has long had substantial cultural, economic, and geopolitical significance for Eurasian trade. Throughout history, it has been an important trade route between Central Asia and the Indian subcontinent and a vital strategic military choke point for various states that came to control it. The highest point of the pass is 5 km   inside Pakistan at Landi Kotal, while the lowest point is at Jamrud in the Valley of Peshawar. Travelling time from Peshawar to Torkham is about 1.5 hours.  The requirement of obtaining permit for foreigners has been waved off.  Best way to travel is via hired taxi, however, local transport also ply on this route.

The tourists should check the availability of “Khyber Train Safari” which is a train journey between Peshawar and Landi Kotal.  This was described by Time Magazine as “a journey into time and history”.   The train consisted of a refurbished parlour car and two second class coaches pulled by two vintage steam locomotives, as those used originally on the Khyber Pass Railway. The train was run on the first Sunday of every month as a charter for International and local tourists.

 

Peshawar City and surroundings including Khyber Pass are quite safe for tourists.  However, one has to keep one’s CNIC for local tourists or Passport/Visa papers for international tourist handy as these could be check at the check posts of Pak Army and FC.  Ladies should wear Pakistani or decent dress and must cover their head with shawl.  People of the area are friendly and often offer kahva (local green tea) to visitors.