Do you in search of travel guides to Peshawar? Superb..! you are in the right place. Another oldest city of Pakistan, Peshawar is going to be discussed in this article. Not only to this, but it is the oldest city of the South Asia Continent.
This city has faced and lived the rise and falls of many of the kingdoms and empires. In history, it was firstly built in 539 BCE (approximately). So, you are going to find many of the places with historic background. The city is the Capital of Pakistan’s province KPK – Khyber Pakhtun Khuawa.
When you visit Peshawar, you are free to observe, absorb and feel the culture, all across the streets just like Punjab.
Without any further discussion, let’s discuss places to visit in Peshawar – Pakistan.
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Not a single house, but it is a set of twelve famous Havelis, of the old Peshawar city. All of these havellies (homes) were built in the late 19th century. The Sethi House was built by the famous and wealthy family of traders, who used to trade from central to south Asia.
You will be amazed to see the designed inspired from the one from Central Asia buildings, such as Uzbekistan, and Bukhara. Here the fascinating stained glass windows, wood carving doors, and basement areas enhances the beauty of the building.
You can visit here with a local guide, to know every thing about the tourist attraction in Peshwar. Similarly, the whole of the building is still intact from disasters and destruction.
Located in the center of the old city Peshawar, Chowk Yadgar is one of the famous places to visit in Peshawar. This historical monument was building in 19th century in 1892, in the memory of General Hastings. Later on, it was dedicated to the victims of the 1930 Qissa Khwani Bazaar Massacre.
You can make a short brake at this place, while discovering the quite good place without any waste of time. A few steps away from Yadgar Chowk, there are numerous old-school havelis. If you are visiting this place, the best thing is the visit here in a cab or a rickshaw. To ride this place on your own vehicle is not a good idea for here.
Mahabat Khan Masjid:
If you are having a trip to Peshawar and thinking to skip, this amazing place of Peshawar, your trip is not complete at all. Masjid Mahabat Khan is located in the deep and narrow twists of the older city of Peshawar.
This Masjid was build during the shining era of Muslims in sub-continent. Just like Masjid Wazir Khan, Badshahi Masjid, and Taj Mahal, this awesome building was also build by the Mughal emperors. The whole building provide the fascinating look with white marble on its outer side. With multi-color frescoes this amazing place is a quite godo from the inner side.
So you are going to make a travel to the capital of KPK – peshwar and ask someone places to visit in Peshawar, he will definitely lead you to Peshwar Museum.
With wide collection of old Buddhist Gandhara artwork, this museum was built in 1907. For budhist cultural sculptures, figurines and other budhist objects, this is the world largest museum. This historical place shows how buddhist lived in Peshwar, and what was their way of life. Along with the Budhism old things, you will find many of the historical things from the old-muslim era. The coins, Mughal’s art, and drawings attract the attention of the visitors.
Khyber Pass, the integral part of the old Silk-Road, connects Pakistan and Afghanistan. It is a famous Gate Monument Entrance, which is quite famous in the whole country of Pakistan. It is not in the heart of the city. But Bab-e-Khyber is located at a distance of 15km from the main city of Peshwar.
When you are visiting here, you can also make a visit to Kharkhano Bazaar, which is quite near to Bab-e-Khyber.
One of the notable bazaar that has good roots in the history of Peshawar city is Qissa Khuwani Bazaar. This bazaar is the home of firstly mentioned Sethi Haveli and many of the other pre-historic havelis and buildings.
With stalls of famous Peshawari Street Food, this is very impressive market. Here you can find the delicious taste of the famous food of Peshawar – Pakistan. A wide range of items is available here. The things that you can find here include Chapli Kababs, Juicy Paaye, Peshawari Green Tea, and Kahwa.
By now, this historical Jamrud fort is not allowed to visit without permission from the higher authorities. However, you can gaze at this from the top of Bab-e-Khyber. This fort was built and completed by the Sikh General Hari Singh Nalwa. With more than 3 meters thick wall, this fort was attacked by Afghan forces in 1837.
Now, it is under the control of the security forces. You can make a permission to visit this place, or see it from the higher point of Bab-e-Khyber.
Shahi Bagh – “Royal Park” in English is a famous bagh representing the taste of art by the Mughal Emperors. With more than 100 acres land mark, this is a good place for the political and social gatherings. You can visit this place to check out and take deep dive in history while having a bit of relaxation.
A large fountain, known as the memorial by the Quaid-e-Azam is also situated in this Park. With lush green gardens all around in the park, are very attractive.
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