A July 2005 trip
to Peshawar by baroudeur2004
Quote: The ultimate destination for adventurous backpackers and their friends.
Peshawar, located in the North West Frontier Province of Pakistan is a buzzing city where you will encounter Afghan refugees who have set up local businesses in the city. It is also home to many kinds of smugglers and you can meet them in the smugglers bazaar just outside the city centre.For tourists who are there only for a couple of days and do not feel to adventurous, the visit of the old city and its bazaars is a must to get a first impression of an atmospheric frontier town.
- Qissa Khawani Bazaar is probably the most interesting of all: you will see merchandise from all over central Asia there. Oriental rugs, Afghan jewelry , tribal handicrafts, wood carving, spices, and all kinds of fabrics are available in the city. If you want to bring back a burqa for your mother or sister, this is the place to buy one.
- Jewelry bazaar and shoe-makers bazaar are two other bazaars near Qissa Khawani. The mosque of Mohabat Khan near the city centre bazaars and Bala Hisar Fort, east of the city centre, are also visits not to miss if you are going on the steps of the Mughal emperors. For those who like to travel off the beaten tracks, going through the famous Khyber Pass towards the Afghan border is an excursion not to miss. In the evenings, those who are looking for a bit of a mystic adventure will head towards Peshawar suburbs and its sufi mausoleums. For the extremely adventurous spirits, Darra Adel Khan, a gun factory village 40km from Peshawar is also an option but not recommended to the faint-hearted as you will be crossing the tribal zones and hear gunshots everywhere. But above all, Peshawar is an experience. Meeting its population is something that will be engraved into your memory forever.
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Mahabat Khan's Mosque
Ander Sher Bazaar