Peshawar Travel Guide

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Peshawar Things to Do

  • Khyber Pass

    5 out of 5 stars

    The most famous pass of the world, the Khyber Pass, is 16 km from Peshawar. It has been, throughout history, the most important gateway to the plains of the South Asian sub-continent both for migration and invasion. Starting from the foot-hills of the Suleiman Range at the Jamrud; 11 miles from Peshawar, it extends beyond the border of Pakistan at...

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  • Qissa Khawani Bazaar

    5 out of 5 stars

    Qissa Khawani Bazaar is a place which travelers must visit,because of it,s historical background,Qissa Khawani means the Bazaar of Story Tellers,in the older times there use to be professional story tellers,caravan arriving from different central Asian states staying in the inns,enjoying cup of green tea while listening to the stories of the story...

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  • Bala-Hisar Fort

    5 out of 5 stars

    Bala Hisar is a heavily-guarded fort that is located now centrally (in Old Peshawar it would have been in the north-western corner). It was built in the 16th century and has seen a long history through Mughal Emperors, the Sikhs and the British and has been destroyed and rebuilt again at least once. It is used today by Frontier Corps, or "fauji" as...

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Peshawar Hotels

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Peshawar Restaurants

  • Khan Klub

    5 out of 5 stars

    The Khan Club is the most beautiful and luxurious hotel in Peshawar. It's an old colonial place with a stylish tea room where you can treat yourself to a delicious Afghan meal and tea after a strenuous city exploration in Peshawar. Mains between 60-120 Rupees The Afghan chicken (95R) was lovely 03/2001

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  • Pearl Continental Hotel's Restaurant

    Good quality traditional food. Very welcoming and warm environment for tourists. Live music. They have a Buffet where you can get a lot of other vegetarian dishes and a whole lot of deserts. Everything. Tikka, Kabab, chapli kabab, Naan, biryani etc.

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  • It,s Hot N Spicy,must try it

    Shiraz`Restaurant is one of the best eating place in Peshawar,because the specialty of Shiraz restaurant is it,s Quality of food and taste,it is the most high ranking eating spot among the peshawarites, things to note;. Fresh foods on order and Buffet.Chinies and continental foods.Reservation should be made before arrival.Food is...

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Peshawar Nightlife

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    by JohnniOmani Written Oct 13, 2006

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    There are a few options for doing things at night in Peshawar. First, find a hotel that either has satellite TV so you can watch English TV. The Rose Hotels sat TV is excellent including Nat Geo, Discovery and ESPN. Second, read a good book or update yourself with some local history with your guide book. Finally, find a good restaurant with a big window on a high floor so you can people watch. It is possible to go out at night but Peshawar gets very dark at night and the staff at the hotel told me not to wander around outside at night due to the presence of Afghans refugees everywhere. Peshawar is safe during the day but I wasnt taking my chances at night. Overall, Peshawar is a great place to relax in your hotel at night.

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Peshawar Transportation

  • By Bus

    Oh God there is nothing more confusing than Peshwar and its cus stand ! i think there are 4 different bus stands in this one small city and all 4 are used for 4 buses going to 4 different directions. 1. Buses leaving for West such as Torkham, Landi Kotal, Ali Masjid, Shagai, Jamrud Fort, leave from Karkhano Bazaar bus stand. 2. Buses leaving for...

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  • Local Transport

    Most travellers go to Peshawar to experience the buzz of a heavily Afghan influenced city and to see the bazaar not to mention the Khyber Pass. Most travellers go through some form of travel agency etc to arrange the Khyber transport but while staying in the Rose Hotel I came across a man named Prince. He works through the hotel and he is a very...

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  • Others

    Ask any Tourist Information Office. You can get to Peshawar on Air and by land on a Taxi or a chartered tour vehicle. Getting to places inside Peshawar can be done using an auto rikshaw or a chartered cab. There are services available from local hotels where they will provide a guide who will drive you to places.

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Peshawar Shopping

  • Bargaining

    Beyond the Copper Market are a number of shops selling blankets and shawls from the Valleys of Swat and Kaghan. These are all traditinally made with intelectual style Made of hand-spun wool, these are predominantly in red or black colors with brightly patterned borders. A lane to the right leads to the Cloth Bazaar where all kinds of cloth and...

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  • Meena Bazaar

    Meena Bazaar is situated in the narrow streets of the old city, near the eastern gate that once used to contain Peshawar. It bisects a street with countless bales of cotton and every kind of butcher you can imagine. It is possibly the most narrow of bazaars in the entire city, and you can expect to brush a few shoulders with men and women alike as...

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  • Carpet Shopping in Peshawar

    Afghani Carpets, Pakistani carpets, Irani carpets and central asian carpets. Afghan carpets, Pakistani carpets, Iranian carpets, Central Asian carpets, TukTuk, trucks, shal and Pashmina etc...

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Peshawar Local Customs

  • Hand Shakes & Hugs

    Meet people by shaking hands (not necessary for female foreiners). Tipping averages between 10 to 20% of the bill depending upon the service. Lady travellers should avoid travelling in shorts or any other brief outfits. Try to get a 'Shalwar Kamiz' (local dress). If you visit a place, take some candies for kids and the people will love you for...

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  • Bazaars

    As I left my hotel, I noticed a guy running after a rickshaw that had these carpets on top. I though, how strange, and paused to watch. THen a couple more guys joined in, and I figured no way could someone make a getaway in a rickshaw. I was right and the rickshaw turned around and parked outside a shop. A big crowd formed, and a couple guys were...

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  • Guns, Guns Everywhere

    If you travel to Peshawar, get used to the idea that you will see guns anywhere and everywhere. Here in the west, we take it as a threat to our security, but most people weilding a rifle on their backs or an AK-47 are security guards themselves. Often times they are hired by residential communities to patrol the streets all night, or to guard...

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Peshawar Warnings and Dangers

  • Demonstrations

    Boycotts and political demonstrations are not uncommon to Peshawar. They happen quite regularily and can have so many supporters that the entire downtown area would be shut off to vehicles. The places where these happen most are: High Courts, Qissa Khwani Bazaar, GT Road. In every case, police attend these rallies and set up barbed-wire rolls along...

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  • You know in my country, staring's...

    This isn't so much a warning or danger, but I would call it a precaution. Let's face it - Peshawar isn't exactly a sought-after tourist destination. Therefore, when tourists are in the area and are visibly noticeably, people usually stare. I am a very fair-skinned caucasian with dark hair and eyes. Nine out of ten times I blend and look like one of...

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  • Boycotts

    Boycotts and political demonstrations are not uncommon to Peshawar. They happen quite regularily and can have so many supporters that the entire downtown area would be shut off to vehicles. The places where these happen most are: High Courts, Qissa Khwani Bazaar, GT Road. In every case, police attend these rallies and set up barbed-wire rolls along...

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Peshawar Tourist Traps

  • Avoid the Smugglers' Bazaar

    There are 2 parts of the Smuggler's Bazaar. The legit side, which is the most boring place I've ever been (blenders, and other kitchen appliances, etc), and the restricted side, where you can appartently buy hash, guns, and a lot more. I met a traveler who went to check it out, but I didn't; I had my mind on going to Kabul.

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  • Avoid Tribal Areas

    Dont go beyond the Khyber Pass. The area is declared Tribal. Never pay the price the shokeeper asks. Always bargain for a better deal. If you still insist to go to see the famous Khyber Pass, Do ask the local authorities so that they should arrange some local guides for you. The best way to see that area is to get on to the Khyber Pass Train that...

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  • Pearl Continental Hotel

    The Peshawar Pearl Continental hotel is located on Khyber Road next to Peshawar Radio. It is highly secure and has a reputable status in the city as the hotel "the foreigners stay in". Nothing could be farther in the truth. They do appoint you an armed, uniformed soldier to accompany you when you leave the hotel. In my opinion, that would attract a...

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Peshawar What to Pack

  • by Papita Updated Nov 8, 2008

    Luggage and bags: Pack as lightly as possible. Good quality luggage is very easy to come across in Peshawar and much cheaper too. A medium sized carry-on should be enough, and most likely you'll want to purchase a piece of luggage before you go home.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Without a doubt, bring a great sunblock/sunscreen along with you (if you travel March-September). There are usually SPF 45's that are PABA-free and sweat-resistent. Bring light-weight fabrics that cover your body well, and if you are a woman, have a pashmina scarf to wear around your head.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Don't make the mistake of wasting space in your suitcase by bringing supplies that are readily available in Peshawar. Take Advil or Ibuprofen with you (most common painkiller is just regular Paracetamol which doesn't always work), a pack of good waterproof bandaids, Polysporin, deodarant, and get a sufficient prescription of Ciprofloxacin (to control the diarrhea). A basic supply you may want to purchase once you get there: ORS (Oral rehydration salts such as Gastrolyte), toothpaste, sanitary pads, and shampoos-- yes, your trusty Pantene PRO-V, and Sunsilk are definitely there.

    Photo Equipment: Make sure to have a case for your camera - Peshawar is unbelievably dusty at times. Good batteries are hard to find in large quantities - so bring a pack with you before you get there. Keep in mind that western battery rechargers WILL NOT WORK in Pakistan.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you plan on sleeping outside or in a home that only has a partial-roof, I highly recommend bringing some ear plugs. There are tons of critters that crawl around a typical home's unroofed area. Don't make the mistake of having one crawl in your ear like I did. Keep in mind Peshawar is surrounded by farms on either side, and when the wind blows westward it brings a ton of flying-ants and other orchard inhabitants sometimes indoors.

    Miscellaneous: One very important point to make is to try and purchase a water-santization drops from your local Travel Medicine Clinic before you depart. This is a very good thing to have handy, especially if there are places where you cannot purchase bottled water. It will rid the water of cryptosporidium, the nasty bacteria that gives most travellers gastro-intestinal problems on their journey.

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Peshawar Off The Beaten Path

  • Qissa Khawani Bazaar

    Bearded tribesmen bargain with city traders over endless cups of green tea. Fruits stalls look small colourful pyramids. People from everywhere throng the crowded street. They are Afghans, Iranis, Uzbeks, Tajiks and local Pathan. They moving around in their colourful native robes. Look they are so relex, smile, talking, joking and laughing in a...

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  • Cinemas

    When I looked at my Peshawar map, I noticed a Cinema street, curious as I am, I wanted to go there. What do you think I found there, . . . of course some cinemas. I had no time to visit one of them, but the Billboards were so huge and beautiful.

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  • Attock

    Most people when they venture into Pakistan they are either trekkers set on the North, or want to experience the larger cities like Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi. Since I have spent most of my time in Peshawar, I have had the opportunity to venture in and around the area.If you take GT Road outside of Peshawar heading eastbound, the city you reach...

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Peshawar Sports & Outdoors

  • by Papita Written Nov 9, 2008

    A lot of people in Peshawar are strangers when it comes to exercising. However, for the few that I applaud for getting out there, there is Garrison Park to visit. It's an army-run park with security and is basically a dirt track in a large field that people use for running or walking on.

    Equipment: Now it's one thing to run in a burqa, but ladies - there IS a way to do it Islamically without compromising comfort and coverage. A loosefitting track suit or sweat pants and long-sleeved top can be purchased in Saddar Bazaar for a good price, and a simple hijab over the head is sufficient. Running shoes are a must, and can be purchased also in Saddar Bazaar in chain-stores like Bata, Servis, Borjan.

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Peshawar Favorites

  • Friendly Locals

    After a long day in Peshawar's bazaar, I was aproached by a man who asked me where I came from. After exchanging a few words, he invited me to his house. I had to follow him through the narrow streets of Peshawar (see picture above). At his house, Mohammed introduced me to his two daughters. Everyone spoke English. Although they seemed very open...

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  • Khyber Pass

    While travelling Khyber Pass, you are moving through more then 30 tunnels and crossing 90's bridges. All this done by great builder's British during colonial day supported by great effort by local workers. According to the Notice there, all construction completed in 1920's. The railway work is great, a lot of effort in materials and geneious work...

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  • "Allah is My Witness"

    My least-favourite thing: A shocking reality of Peshawar is that it has many, many children and women beggars. You will find them following you, knocking on your car window, and even selling flower-bracelets at intersections. Keep in mind they will not hold out their cupped hands infront of you - this is because it is forbidden (haram) in Islam to...

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