Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhuwa, is a frontier town, the meeting place of the subcontinent and Central Asia. It is perhaps the oldest living city in the part of Asia – a place where ancient traditions jostle with those of today, and where the bazaar in the old city has changed little in the last hundred years except to become the neighbor of a modern university, some modern hotels, some international banks and one of the best museums in Pakistan.
No other city is quite like old Peshawar. The bazaars within its walls are like an American Wild West movie costumed as a bible epic. Pathian tribesmen stroll down the street, their hands hidden inside their shawls and their faces partly covered by the loses ends of their turbans.
Old Bazaar Tour (walled city of Peshawar): the most exciting part of Peshawar is the old city, which dates from Buddhist, Mughul and Sikh times. Its is a labyrinth of marrow lanes and colorful bazaars, a mosaic of traders, travelers, Pathian tribesmen and Afghans. Until the 20th century, it was surrounded by a wall. In typical Asiatic style, shops selling similar wares are found together; they are almost always open except during Friday prayers in the afternoon. A tour taking in all the most interesting and picturesque bazaars and some of the specialist shops and workshops, can be accomplished in two to three hours if you do not stop for the endless cups of tea offered by the shopkeepers.
Peshawar Museum: The Muslim is house in an imposing building of British period. The large halls, side galleries and raised platform were once used as ballroom. The museum displays fine specimens of Gandhara sculpture, tribal life, the Muslim period and ethnography.
Balahisar Fort: This is massive, frowning structure as its name implies. Its huge battlements and ramparts are extremely impressive. Originally build by Babar, the first of the Mughul, in 1523-30, it was rebuild in its present by the Sikh Government of Peshawar Hari Singh Nalva, in the 1830’s under the guidance of French engineer.
Qissa Khawani Bazaar: Was described in the mid-19th century by the British Commissioner in Peshawar, Sir Herbert Edwards, as the Piccadilly of Central Asia. Towering over the street are tall, narrow buildings with intricately carved balconies and windows frames. Before the advent of radios and television, the art of professional story telling flourished in the traditional tea-houses and balakhanas in the bazaar. The storyteller relied on his tongue and his imagination to earn his livelihood. The tales were partly narrated, partly sung to an audience of traders and travelers arriving with their caravans from distant corners of the world.
The Qisa Khawani Bazaar is famous “Street of Story Tellers”. Here in the bygone days travelers were regaled with stories by professional storytellers in the evening. As in the most eastern bazaars, the shops of eatables predominate Colorful fruit shops displays the glorious harvest of Peshawar’s unrivaled bread and widely celebrated “Kababs” and “Tikkas” sizzling on the red hot charcoal in the many wayside cafes.
Chowk Taadgar: The Chowk Yaadgar is traditional site for politics rallies is the Speaker’s Corner and central square of old Peshawar. The monument at the centre commemorates the heroes of the 1965 Indo-Pakistan War and is the traditional town meeting place. On the left the square the money-changers squat on their hand-knotted carpets with their safes behind them and their pocket calculators and mobile phones at the ready.
Sethi House: Approached from Chowk Yaadgar these typical houses are situated in the Mahalla Sethian. These are highly decorated buildings with carved wooden doors, partitions, balconies, mirror work, etc.
Mosque of Mohabat Khan: is at the top on the right its entrance a narrow gateway between the jewelry shops. This beautiful proportioned Mughal mosque, named after a regional governor who served under both emperors Shah Jehan and Aurangzeb, is orthodox in design. Its open courtyard has an ablution pond in the middle and a single row of rooms around the sides. The prayer hall on the west is flanked by two tall minarets. The Mosque of Mohabat Khan build by Mohabat Khan himself in 1670, when he was Governor of Peshawar under Mughul Emperor Shah Jehan, is an example of superb Mughul architecture.
Saddar Bazaar: The bazaar located in the cantonment offers all kind of interesting wares. There are cloths, shoes, souvenirs, carpets, flowers, fast food, books, handicrafts, and antiques on sale.
The Famous Khyber Pass: The prime attraction of Peshawar is Khyber Pass situated in the Suliaman Hills. Which form the western barrier of Pakistan. The Khyber Pass has been a silent witness to countless events. The march of the Aryans, Persian hordes, Alexander’s Armies, Changez Khan, the white Huns, the Scythian, the Parthians, the Mughuls, the Afghans, and all conquers who crossed this historic pass.
Islamia College Peshawar: Peshawar Islamia College was founded in 1913. the foundation stone of the impressive building was laid by George Rookeppel.
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