Walled City - Old Peshawar, Peshawar
As an ancient town where the footprints of many diverse civilisations lay, Peshawar has several interesting historical sites. The old city was once a heavily guarded citadel with high walls. Today, not much remains of the walls, but the houses have an essence of days gone by. Most of the houses are made of unbaked bricks with wooden structures for protection against earthquakes. Many of them have beautifully carved wooden doors and latticed wooden balconies.
Peshawar is the great Pathan city. And what a city! Hoary with age and the passage of twenty-five centuries, redolent with the smell of luscious fruit and roasted meat and tobacco smoke, placid and relaxed but pulsating with the rhythmic sound of craftsmen's hammers and horses' hooves, unhurried in its pedestrian pace and horse-carriage traffic, darkened with tall houses, narrow lanes and overhanging balconies, intimate, with its freely intermingling crowd of townsmen. Tribal, traders and tourists - this is old Peshawar the journey?s end or at least a long halt, for those traveling up north or coming down from the Middle East or Central Asia, now as centuries before when caravans unloaded in the many caravan ?serais? now lying deserted outside the dismantled city walls or used as garages by the modern caravans of far-ranging buses.
Today a walk in the old peshawar streets looks like a historical hollywood movie setup....all is great about it!
Walled city tour on an auto rikshaw is a must. Get the list of places to see inside the walled city from your local hotel. Places you can visit are Qissa Khwani Bazar. Also arrange a trip to the museum, Peshawar Saddar and near by Gandhara civilization ruins and The famous Khyber Pass.
Arrange a trip to Swat Valley, Kaghan Valley, Chitral Valley, Gilgit, Hunza, Abbotabad or Nathia Gali.
Other places around Peshawar that you can tour are Taxila Museum. The picture illustrates the general information the about the famous Taxila Museum and the remains of Gandhara Civilization.