Peshawar, the capital of North Western Frontier,
tantalises the traveler with romance courage and
adventure. Its unique character makes it look like
a picturesque backdrop, of a dramatic ambient description,
straight out of a story book. Its distinct atmosphere
is enhanced by the aromatic steaming samovars dispensing
tea into tiny enameled pots. Brought to prominence
as the winter capital of Kushan, the city suffered
heavily, under a stream of invading armies, until
the Mughals arrived in the 16th and 17th centuries.
They beautified Peshawar with gardens, mosques and
monuments serve as a visual delight, creating a
magnetic attraction for the tourist seeking a glimpse
of bygone era.
Peshawar is a city for the truly intrepid. Whether
standing awestruck in front of an old mosque or
wandering through fabled bazaars – be prepared for
a warm-hearted welcome, and expect the unexpected.
Peshawar’s international connections
are changing all the time. Gulf Air and Emirates
connect it to Europe via the Middle East. PIA, Shaheen
Air and Aeroasia fly to Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Qatar,
and also have connecting flights almost daily to
Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi.
Many local bus services are
available from all major cities of the country.
‘Daewoo Bus Service’ is recommended for travelling
due to their convenient timings and services. The
historic ‘Grand Trunk’ road joins Peshawar with
the rest of the country. One can reach Peshawar
in two hours from the capital city Islamabad and
in 6 hours from Lahore.
Places of Tourist Interest
A city of gardens and old historic monuments, the
places recommended to tourists in Peshawar are:
The Old City and its traditional markets offering
shoppers ethnic brass and copperware.
Bala Hisar Fort built by Mughal Emperor Babur.
Peshawar Museum, which houses an excellent collection
of Gandharan art, including statues and friezes
depicting Buddha’s life.
Islamia college, founded in 1913, is worth a look
for its grand Victorian façade and clock
The historic Khyber Pass.
Among the places where you can just stroll quietly
is Khalid-Bin-Walid Bagh in the cantonment, a peaceful
slice of an old Mughal garden.
The region generally receives the edge of the monsoon
rains in the summer. The valleys are hot and humid
from June to mid September. Around Peshawar and
its south, the plains and the low Rocky Mountains
are usually dry and hot with pleasantly warm days
and cold nights in the winter.