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1257 km2
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Peshawar is the capital of the North-West Frontier Province, Pakistan. Its name translates directly into ‘City on the Frontier’ in Persian. The city is home to a population of over two million people. Earlier known as Purushapura, Peshawar is an economic and cultural centre.
Peshawar has a desirable climate with moderate summers and cool winters. Winters are experienced during December to March, while summers extend from May to September. Rainfall is received in winters as well as summers. The climate is conducive to tourism.
Historically, Peshawar was among the main trade centres in South Asia. It continues to serve as a link between Pakistan and Afghanistan and still is the centre of Pakhtun culture. Its economy is based mainly on handicrafts, silk and cotton textiles, footwear and processed food.

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Sana Riaz
Level 9     1 Trophy    Viaggia: Family
Overall rating 10
Overall Guide : Peshawar is the cultural centre of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa; its culture has evolved over the years and has been principally influenced by Ghandhara culture, Pakhtun culture and Hindko culture. The province in which Peshawar is located has a population that is... more predominantly Pakhtun. However, Peshawar itself, up until the 1980s, consisted of a predominantly Hindko-speaking population — Hindko-speaking people are ancient inhabitants of the land. Both the Pakhtun and Hindko cultures share commonalities, with the geographical origins of each forming the basis for distinction — the Hindko-speaking people are mostly urbanites, whereas the majority of Pakhtuns came from rural backgrounds, and differences can therefore be found in customs such as marriage ceremonies and style of living.[36] With the Soviet war in Afghanistan in the 1980s and the influx of Afghan refugees into Pakistan, Peshawar became home for many Afghan musicians and artists.[37] The city has also become the centre for Pashto music and cinema, as well as Dari music for the Tajiks, and a thriving Persian language book-publishing sector is now established in Peshawar; Islamic Shia literature is the primary output of the Peshawar publishing industry and it is located in the Qissa Khawani Bazaar. Following the election of the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) Islamic coalition in 2002, restrictions on public musical performances was introduced, as well as a ban prohibiting the playing of recorded music on public transport; however, a thriving underground scene has developed in Peshawar.[38] In 2008, the secular political party, the Awami National Party (ANP), swept elections and won power from the Islamic coalition. Since the ANP assumed power in Peshawar, a greater focus has shifted towards the areas of culture and the arts, but the party has been hindered by a well-established conservatism among the population and the Taliban militancy. In June 2012, a Pashto singer, Ghazala Javed, and her father were killed in the city, with the subsequent investigation revealing that the pair were murdered. Javed's career was very successful and her death occurred close to three years after the death of another promising Pashto musical artist, Aiyman Udas, who was also murdered in a fringe area of the city. Such incidents have been associated with Peshawar's conservative culture and the influence of the Taliban, the latter being the reason for Javed's relocation to Peshawar, as the Taliban had strengthened its presence in the Peshawar Valley in 2007.[39] Historically, the old city of Peshawar was a heavily guarded citadel that consisted of high walls. In the 21st century, only remnants of the walls remain, but the houses and havelis continue to structures of significance. Most of the houses are constructed of unbaked bricks, with the incorporation of wooden structures for protection against earthquakes, with many composed of wooden doors and latticed wooden balconies. Numerous examples of the city's old architecture can still be seen in areas such as Sethi Mohallah. In the old city, located in inner-Peshawar, many historic monuments and bazaars exist in the 21st century, including the Mohabbat Khan Mosque, Kotla Mohsin Khan, Chowk Yadgar and the Qissa Khawani Bazaar. Due to the damage caused by rapid growth and development, the old walled city has been identified as an area that urgently requires restoration and protection. Author, Dr Raj Wali Shah Khattak, a former director of the Pushto Academy and a senior academic at the University of Peshawar, has written in his book, An Intangible Heritage: The Walled City of Peshawar: To protect the inheritance of the walled city of Peshawar, the establishment of a heritage centre should be a priority. The centre should have audio and visual documentation equipment so that every aspect of culture and life, be it folklore, music, types of instruments, stories, etc., can be recorded. Moreover, visual documentation of customs and traditions should include marriage functions, clothing, lifestyle, manners and habits. Research into the oral nature of life in the bazars and streets, both during the day and at night, should be carried out to preserve this historical record. Fairs, festivals and traditions, both secular and religious, should be included in this record.[40] The walled city was surrounded by several main gates that served as the main entry points into the city — in January 2012, an announcement was made that the government plans to address the damage that has left the gates largely non-existent over time, with all of the gates targeted for restoration.[25] The numerous gates include: Lahori Gate, Sarasia Gate, Ganj Gate, Sirki Gate, Sard Chah Gate and Kohati Gate. Former gates that were demolished were Kabuli Gate, Berikian Gate, Bajori Gate, Yakatut Gate, Dabgari Gate, Kachahri Gate and Hasht Nagri Gate.
Not to be missed peshawar Musium , chacha younas park , Peshawar university
Maham
Level 9     1 Trophy    Viaggia: Family
Overall rating 9
Overall Guide : Peshawar is the capital of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and the administrative centre (but not the capital) for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan In ancient times Peshawar was known as Purushapura and it was established by the Central Asian Kushans.... more During the Mughal era the modern city of Peshawar was established by Akbar in the 16th century. The city was actually one of the primary trading centers on the ancient Silk Route. Peshawar was an intersection for the various cultures between the South, Central Asia and the Middle East. Peshawar being located right at the edge of the Khyber Pass close to the Afghan border, Peshawar is now the political, commercial, economic, and cultural capital of the Pashtuns.Islamia College is an educational institution located in the city of Peshawar of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province (previously North-West Frontier Province (NWFP)), Pakistan. It was founded in October 1913 by Nawab Sir Sahibzada Abdul Qayyum and Sir George Roos-Keppel and is considered one of the most prestigious academic institutions of Pakistan Peshawar Museum was built in 1906-07 in the memory of Queen Victoria. Of the Rs. 60,000 cost, Rs. 45,000 was donated by the public of the NWFP while Rs. 15,000 was contributed by the Director General of Archaeology, India. The first object (Punched Mark Coins) was registered on November 2, 1906. After completion of the building, the museum was organized in November 1907 to house the Gandharan sculptures excavated from the major Gandharan sites of Shah-ji-ki-Dheri Peshawar, Sahri Bahlol, and Takht-i-Bahi in the Mardan District. Later, antiquity from Jamal Garhi and other Gandharan sites excavated by the British scholars was also added to the collection. The Khyber Pass is a 53-kilometer (33-miles) passage through the Hindu Kush mountain range. It connects the northern frontier of Pakistan with Afghanistan. At its narrowest point, the pass is only 3 meters wide. The history of the Khyber Pass as a strategic gateway dates from 326 B.C., when Alexander the Great and his army marched through the Khyber to reach the plains of India. From there, he sailed down Indus River and led his army across the desert of Gedrosia. In the A.D. 900s, Persian, Mongol, and Tartar armies forced their way through the Khyber, bringing Islam to India. Centuries later, India became part of the British Empire, and British troops defended the Khyber Pass from the British Indian side. During the Afghan Wars the pass was the scene of numerous skirmishes between Anglo-Indian soldiers and native Afghans. Particularly well known is the battle of January 1842, in which about 16,000 British and Indian troops were killed. The British constructed a road through the pass in 1879 and converted it into a highway during the 1920s. A railroad was also built here in the 1920s The Khyber train safari is a railway route in the North-West Frontier Province of Pakistan. The colonial era railway route has been described as "a journey into time and history". It consists of a train pulled by two vintage steam locomotives built in 1920s that takes passengers through breathtaking and rugged mountainous terrain. The train covers a total of 42 kilometers through 34 tunnels and 92 bridges and culverts. The local tribesmen are allowed a free ride on the train as per the agreement reached between them and the British back in the colonial era and which is still honored by the Pakistan government.Bala Hisar is one of the most historic places of Peshawar. The words are of Persian origin meaning, "elevated or high fort". According to Dr. Hussain Khan, the name was given by the Afghan King Taimur Shah Durrani (1773-1793). The Sikhs named it Samir Garh in 1834 but the name did not become popular. The fort stands on a high mound in the northwestern corner of Peshawar City
Muhammad Isfahan Haider
Overall rating 10
Overall Guide : Peshawar is known as 'The city Of hospitality'. People living here in Peshawar are very much respectful and hostile and mostly educated as well. I am also a permanent Residential of Peshawar, and i personally believe person one who lives... more at a place should in fact must have the knowledge of that particular place, dress, food, culture,religion and a lot more. So let me start with the food Chapli kabab is the most famous and delicious food amongst all the other foods in Peshawar. People living mostly wear our national dress i.e, Shalwar Qamees. The relgion that is mostly worshiped in Peshawar is Islam, however people from other religions are also here like Sikhs, Hindus and Christians. There are several places that dont forget to visit will when having a tour to Peshawar. These places are the Fort of "Bhala Hisar", the famous masjid of Peshawar "Masjid Mahabat Khan". From education point of view you can visit "University Of Peshawar". If you are interesed in Ancient things you can visit "Peshawar Museum" and "Ghor Gatri' as well. And for tasty and spicy food do not forget to visit "Namak Mandi" as well. Pashton culture is mostly followed in Peshawar And besides this Hindko culture is the second most.
Robert Bale
Level 100     6 Trophy   
Overall rating 6
Overall Guide : The Bala Hisar Fort is one of the most historic sites in Peshawar. Set at a high altitude, the fort gives an extensive and striking view of the entire Peshawar valley. The Peshawar Museum is a renowned museum which houses over... more 14,000 items ranging from Persian handicrafts, ancient sculptures and manuscripts, weapons, jewellery, paintings from the Mughal era and much more. The Mohabbat Khan Mosque, built in the seventeenth century, consists of a spacious lawn, a beautiful pond and a prayer hall. The mosque is a delight to the eyes with its lavish and colourful geometric and floral designs. Qissa Khawani Bazaar, a traditional market, is the most famous market place in Peshawar. Offering garments and leather ware for shopping enthusiasts, it is also famous for its mouth-watering cuisine and dry fruit shops.
Barbara Mensa
Level 15     1 Trophy    Viaggia: Friends
Overall rating 6
Overall Guide : Peshawar is now officially recognized as been one of the oldest living cities in Asia. Its history and culture has continued uninterrupted since several centuries. Peshawar was a major center of Buddhist learning until the 10th century. As an indication... more of its importance. Peshawar emerged as a center of both Hindi and Pushtu intellectuals. its dominant culture for much of British rule was that of the Hindi speaker.also referred to as "Khaarian" (city dwellers in pashto)Peshawar is located in an area that was dominated by various tribes of in do-Iranian origin. Peshawar had a population of 120000 in the year 100BCE making it the seventh most populous in the world. Peshawar continues to be a city that link Pakistan with Afghanistan as well as central Asia. And has emerged as an important regional city in Pakistan. It remains a focal point for Pushtu culture.
Not to be missed Hunza valley , Fort Bala Hisar , peshawar Musium
ARSALAN FAROOQ
Level 9     1 Trophy    Viaggia: Friends
Overall rating 6
Overall Guide : I Like Peshawar because this a place of rich historical heritage and a rich em boded architecture like... i have studied also one of the best and a hundred years old college named as islamia college peshawar its a very... more historical incidental city and the other main point is it is the home place of legend actor and tragedy king of Bollywood film industry name as DILLIP KUMAR (YOUSAF KHAN) and this city is the birth place best film actor named as RAJ KAPOOR of bollywood film industry.. and the other historicalplaces like (Ghanta GHAR, BALA HISAR FORT, EDWARD COLLEGE, MASJID MHABAT KHAN, ITS QISSA KHWANI BAZAR, KHUBER BAZAR, ARE THE OLDEST MARKETS OF THE TIME...
Not to be missed ARCHITECTURE , See Interesting places
Jamal Abdul Nasir
Overall rating 9
Overall Guide : As Peshawar is located in the Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa province, so, many people would think that this area would be dangerous (because of talibans) - but it is not. It is one of the famous places of the continent where great... more history is written. It has many beautiful and old locations of different civilizations which dates back some 3000 to 5000 years. This place produced many great people. It has one of the best institutions from where many great scholars graduated. And the people are the most generous, cooperative and hospitable.
Not to be missed islamia college , Peshawar university , Museum
Hassan
Level 9     1 Trophy    Viaggia: Friends, Solo, Family
Overall rating 10
Overall Guide : Peshawar is a beautiful place with a rich history and loving people. There are modern buildings as well as some historical places as Qila Balaye Aisar. But the place you do not want to miss is Qisa khuwani Bazaar. A... more food lover will appreciate the delicious edibles Peshawar's Namak Mandi has to offer. Peshawar is a place you do not want to miss. there are no safety issues as i live in Peshawar and you will find you're visit here quite enjoyable!
Not to be missed Qisa khuwani bazaar , Fort Bala Hisar , Namak Mandi
fazal karim
Level 9     1 Trophy    Viaggia: Family
Overall rating 7
Overall Guide : Peshawar ia nice place to visit. So many bazars are famous due to particular items e.g Jehangeerpura for the nice lather shoes, The oldest one the story teller Qessa Khawani for the tredissonal Peshawari Qehwa. The well clean and greenish... more saddar bazzar, the cantonment area having green trees over 100 years of age Peshawar university Bala Hisar port Mohaabat Khan mosque the unique building of Islamia College and the remaining of old city boundry wall with nice gates like gang gate asia gate Kohati gate Hashtnagri gate. I live in Peshawar but more than this Peshawar lives in my heart!
Not to be missed Dara khyber , peshawar Musium , Fort Bala Hisar
Usman Gul
Level 9     1 Trophy    Viaggia: Couple, Friends, Solo, Family
Overall rating 10
Overall Guide : Peshawar is the most wonderful place to live. Its not only a city to live but also a place to be loved. Besides all the security issues present in our Peshawar, it is still the wonderful place to be lived.... more A multicultural city with lots of history to be praised. Peshawar just needs a little care, it can again become a city of roses. It has the potential to rise again as a gateway to the central Asian markets. One can only feel its emptiness in heart, when he/she is away from Peshawar... May ALLAH bless our city Peshawar.. Long Live Peshawar
Not to be missed inner city , Museum
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