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Peshawar Places to Visit – 8 Historic Places of Peshawar

Peshawar is the capital of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and the second-most populous city in the Pakhtun region, which has been the center of arts and culture in Pakistan.

Peshawar is an ancient city with a history dating back to the Gandhara period and in some places even older.

Here you will see many ancient streets, buildings, and bazaars that have undergone very little change over the centuries.

Peshawar Places to Visit

Those who want to visit Peshawar must visit a few places here, only then will their journey become memorable. What are the historical places of Peshawar? Let us explain.

1: Qissa Khawani Bazar

The storytelling bazaar, as the name suggests, has been the abode of storytellers. It is an ancient market with a history of thousands of years.

Peshawar has been the cradle of trade caravans from Afghanistan and Central Asian states for centuries.

Most of the caravans used to camp in the taverns located in the same storytelling bazaar where the world used to go for coffee and stories from all over the world would be a part of these gatherings, due to which the name of this bazaar became storytelling.

Another popular and ancient item in this bazaar is coffee made from green tea which you can enjoy sitting at the hotels here.

2: Clock Tower House

This is another famous bazaar of Peshawar which is called Ghanta Ghar because of the British-era crocodile installed on a high tower here.

The clock in the tower commemorates Queen Victoria’s time and adorns the clock house as a memorial to her golden jubilee celebrations.

The foundation stone of the clock tower was also laid by Sir George Cunningham, then Governor of NWFP and Political Agent, on the occasion of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee celebrations in 1898.

The tower was completed in 1900. Named the George Cunningham Clock Tower, it is now known simply as the Clock Tower.

3: Peshawar Museum


Peshawar Places to Visit

The Peshawar Museum was built in 1905 during the British Empire and is also known as the Victoria Memorial Hall.

The two-story building simultaneously combines British, South Asian, Buddhist, and Islamic architecture.

The museum is famous for its rare specimens of Gandhara art. At present, 14,000 historical objects are kept here which belong to various civilizations that flourished in the Peshawar Valley.

These items include coins, household items, sculptures, handicraft patterns, and many more.

4: Mahabat Khan Mosque

The history of the Mahabat Khan Mosque in Peshawar goes back to the Mughal emperors Shah Jahan and Aurangzeb.

The mosque was built by the then Governor Mahabat Khan. This mosque is a perfect example of Mughal architecture and truly inspires people.

A beautiful view of an open and spacious courtyard can be seen from the roof of this mosque.

5: Bala Hissar Fort

Peshawar Places to Visit

The first important and historical thing that you will see when you reach Peshawar from a few specific places in the Bala Hissar Fort.

It is impossible for you to pass under the shadow of this majestic and vast fort without being affected by it.

It is a very beautiful and charming historical fort.

6: Sethi Houses

Peshawar Places to Visit

Sethi Houses are located in Andersethi Mohalla in the old walled city of Peshawar.

Anyone who takes a close look at these houses cannot help but be impressed by the beauty of the historical art used in the construction of these houses.

The house was built by the Sethi family whose businesses were spread across Iran, Afghanistan, China, and Central Asia.

These beautiful houses are characterized by their carved wooden doors, colorful walls of the rooms, various parts, balconies, and mirrors.

Sethi Houses became the local architecture of Peshawar. These houses are unique masterpieces of their architecture, Gandhara civilization, and rare art of South Asia.

7: From Safari to the Hindu Kush

If you are fond of great adventures, road trips, and beautiful scenery, then you should travel from Peshawar to Mardan, thence to Dir Top, and then to Gilgit-Baltistan via Shandor Pass via the Lowry Tunnel.

This way you can have a beautiful view of the highest mountains from one of the highest places in the world.

8: Sardaryab

Peshawar Places to Visit

Sardaryab is a small tourist attraction on the outskirts of Peshawar, adjacent to Charsadda, on the banks of the Kabul River.

Here you can rent a boat for a river cruise with your family. You can also enjoy delicious freshwater fish at this tourist spot.

If you wish, you can hunt and prepare this fish yourself.

So friends, how was your visit to the historical places of Peshawar? Hope you enjoyed it.

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