Peshawar (known as Purushapura in the old days of South Asian history) is a city in Pakistan ‘s North-West Frontier Province (pop. 570,000) near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass .
Peshawar’s inhabitants consist mainly of two groups: minority Pishoris (native Peshawar people speaking Hindko) and majority Pashtuns , an ethnic group found mostly in Afghanistan.
Industries include textiles, shoes, and pottery. The Peshawar Museum houses a fine collection of Gandharan art. The main postgraduate educational center of Peshawar is ” university Campus” of Peshawar which consist of University of Peshawar, NWFP Agricultural University Peshawar and University of Engineering and Technology Peshawar. In recent years many private universities have also started operating in the city.
Qissa Khawani Bazaar
The Kissa Khwani Bazaar (Pashto:کيسه خوانې بازار, Urdu: قصه خواني بازار) (or ‘Bazaar of The Story-tellers’) is a bazaar of Peshawar, in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. Called “the Piccadilly of Central Asia”.
Indian film actor Dilip Kumar was born in Qissa Khwani Bazaar on or about 11 December 1922. It was the site of Qissa Khwani bazaar massacre, when a large crowd of unarmed local protesters was crushed and fired upon by British armoured cars and soldiers.
QISA KHWANI BAZAR: During the region of Kanishka merchants used to come here, they used to do business at day time and at night they would go to an inn, sat around fire, sipping Qahwa and used to tell stories. Thus the bazar got its name “the Bazar of Story Tellers”.
How to Go
Peshawar International Airport (PEW) is located about a 25 minute drive from the center of Peshawar, it is the 4th busiest airport in Pakistan. It is served by all Pakistani carriers including the national flag carrier “PIA”. Moreover, many Middle Eastern airlines also serve this airport, such as Emirates, Etihad, Gulf, Air Arabia and Qatar Airways.
Peshawar Airport has direct international flights to Al Ain, Bahrain, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha , Jeddah, Kabul, Muscat, Kuwait and Riyadh. The connections to/from other Asian, European and American cities are available VIA Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad airports. The domestic flights to/from Peshawar Airport are Chitral, Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore.
You can reach Peshawar by train with Pakistan Railway from Karachi (36 hours) and Quetta (25 hours), both are via Lahore and Rawalpindi.
There are currently no passenger trains from Landi Kotal in the Khyber Pass.
Peshawer is connected with Islamabad via Motorway M-1 and via national highway N-5.
Buses and minibuses run to many parts of the country from here.
Daewoo, operates the most luxurious services to Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Multan, Faisalabad, Abbottabad and Lahore.
Other travelers including Bilal Travels and Niazi Express provide similar services however are cheaper.
WARNING: Before going to the northwest regions, Swat, and Peshawar, check for travel advisories from your government, as these regions have become volatile and unstable, with fighting between the Taliban and Pakistani military.
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