Local's Guide: Top 6 Things to do in Peshawar

By Fatin Fareed | 18, Feb, 2021
Local's Guide: Top 6 Things to do in Peshawar

Pakistan is amongst one of the unique destinations in the world for tourists. Whether you are looking for a fun getaway with your friends or a honeymoon vacation, Pakistan has it all. From fantastic food to beautiful historical places, you cannot go wrong with this vacation spot.

Every city of Pakistan has a distinct vibe and features. When you think of Peshawar, rich culture and hospitable people come into your mind. However, there is much more that Peshawar has to offer apart from its friendly hosts. Here are some of the best things you can do in Peshawar!

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Head to the famous Peshawar Museum
Peshawar Mosque Pakistan

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If you ask any local about which tourist attraction to visit first in Peshawar, almost all of them will steer you towards the Peshawar Museum. This museum is the pride of every local and houses decade of history and culture between its walls.

Peshawar has been a historically significant city and has seen the rise and fall of several empires. You can get a glimpse of the kaleidoscope that is Peshawar's history at this museum.


Enjoy the culture at the Qissa Khwani Bazaar
Qissa Khwani Bazaar Peshawar Pakistan

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If you enjoy marketplaces, then Qissa Khwani Bazaar is where you need to be. The marketplace is one of the oldest markets in the city, and you can purchase many souvenirs there.

The marketplace has been named to signify the writers, poets, and storytellers of Peshawar. You will find beautiful bookshops in secret corners when you enter this marketplace.


Breathe nature in at the Shahi Bagh
Shahi Bagh Peshawar Pakistan

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The Shahi Bagh is translated as the Royal Garden. It is composed of more than 100 acres of lush greenery and beautiful paths and alcoves. There is a serene touch to the air at Shahi Bagh.

It was built during the Mughal Era, and you can see the Mughal touch in the Garden's architecture. It is a favorite spot amongst locals to unwind on the weekends with their families.


The Sir Cunningham Clock Tower in Old Peshawar
Sir Cunningham Clock Tower Old Peshawar Pakistan

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This tower is also referred to as the “Ghanta Ghar" and was constructed in the 1900s to honor Sir Cunningham. However, the real charm in this clock tower resides in the bazaar around it.

Old Peshawar houses many shops of fabric, books, bags, and everything you can think of. Furthermore, you can thoroughly enjoy the beautiful cuisine of Peshawar in this marketplace. If you visit Peshawar, make sure to go to the Clock Tower and see the fantastic shops around it.


Enjoy aesthetics at the Sethi House
Sethi House Peshawar Pakistan

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The old architecture of Peshawar is unmatchable. Even the old mansions have been built beautifully – integrating modern and Mughal architecture with amazing finesse. The Sethi house is a mansion that was built in the 19th century. It is open to visitors from 9 am to 5 pm.

People who enjoy architecture and aesthetics should visit this mansion. The place has been kept impeccably intact over the years through constant renovations. However, the historical touch is still ever-present.


Get connected to divinity at the Mahabat Khan Mosque
Mahabat Khan Mosque Peshawar Pakistan

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This Mosque is the most famous in Peshawar. The Mosque was constructed in the 19th century and has been kept intact. There is an absolute tranquillity in this Mosque, and you will feel more grounded and connected to your higher self here.

Aesthetically pleasing, the Mosque has an exterior involving white marble. The interior is just as awe-inspiring with brilliant floral patterns and Quranic verses engraved into the stone.

Peshawar is a beautiful city with amazing people. You will always find hospitality and warmth from the locals when you visit this city. Moreover, there is something to see at every twist and turn of this beautiful place.

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