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Peshawar in Pakistan

Updated: Sep 29, 2020

Peshawar is the oldest city with its history dating back to 539 BC, which makes it around 2,559‬ years old but still beautiful and lively.

Peshwar is the 6th largest city of Pakistan. It is the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Once the capital of the ancient Buddhist kingdom of Gandhara, the city was known variously as Parasawara and Purusapura (town, or abode, of Purusa); it was also called Begram.


The city is located a 2-hour drive via motorway from the capital city of Islamabad.




Textile and sugar mills, fruit canning, and the manufacture of chappals (sandals), shoes, leatherwork, glazed pottery, wax and embroidery work, copper utensils, lungis (a type of sarong), turbans, carpets, ornamental woodwork and furniture, ivory work, knives, and small arms are some of the thriving industries in the city. The ancient Qissah (Kissa) Khwani Bazar (“Street of Storytellers”) is the meeting place for foreign merchants who deal in dried fruits, woollen products, rugs, carpets, pustins (sheepskin coats), karakul (lambskin) caps, and Chitrali cloaks. All these local products are a speciality of the city and region and fetch high prices in the international market. Let's take a look at the statistics of the city.

The city has been invaded several times in history. Muslims got a hold of it in 988CE; then by the 16th century got in the possession of the Afghans; who were nominally dependent on the Mughals and in 1834 Sikh authority was firmly established. Later the area was under British control from 1849 to 1947, when it became part of Pakistan.


The Peshawar lies on 331m above sea level. The climate in Peshawar is referred to as a local steppe climate. There is not much rainfall in Peshawar all year long. The temperature here averages 22.7 °C | 72.8 °F. Precipitation here is about 384 mm | 15.1 inches per year. This wether plus the scenic hills and valleys make the city a hub for tourism since it lies at the cross-section of northern hilly areas.


In this city, you will hotels from international level to bunk beds on an hourly basis. Peshwar has also earned a respectable name in the competition of cities with tasty food and qahwah.


Fort Bala Hisar: (Historic fortress located in Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. The fort was used as a royal residence for the Durrani Empire and was renovated during Jatsikh rule. The fort now serves as headquarters for Pakistan's Frontier Corps.)

The Peshawar Museum: (It was founded in 1907 as "Victoria Hall," in memory of Queen Victoria. The two-story building was built in a syncretic architectural style consisting of British, Hindu, Buddhist and Mughal Islamic styles. The museum initially had only one exhibition hall, but two more were added in 1969–70. full of Gandhara Art. The department of Archaeology has maintained it very well.)


The Qissa Khawani Bazaar:( or 'Bazaar of The Story-tellers') is a bazaar of Peshawar. ​Qissa Khwani, or ‘Street of Storytellers’, used to attract flocks of Powendas, or Afghan gipsy merchants, to its tea stalls (Qehwa khanas), in the past.)



Mahabat Khan Mosque: (Mahabat Khan Mosque (or Mohabbat Khan Mosque) lies west of Chowk Yadgar, is the city's finest mosque, built-in 1630 by the governor of Peshawar under Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, and renovated in 1898. You can enter the mosque and look around at the lavish tiled interior and also get a good view of the plaza and minarets from an ancient caravanserai to the east.)

Peshawar Zoo: (it is one of the largest zoos in Pakistan and the first-ever zoo in Peshawar. It opened on 12 February 2018. It is managed by the Forests, Environment and Wildlife department of the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa)


The average life expectancy stands at less than 67.17 years of age better than Lahore. Maybe because of the high cholesterol diet.


Do you any new places or something I miss, please do tell us in your comments.

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