AdvertisementHi Peshawar ??♂
We’d like to let you in on a little hack that’ll change your life! You see it’s not the UAE’s Golden Visa that upgrades your residence status, it is in fact a visit to Peshawar that will earn you the ultimate respect with your brunch taxi driver. Because the next time you ask him where he’s from and he responds Peshwar, you can now say “I’ve been there!” And guess what…you’ll magically be on time everywhere you go! You see with so many Peshwari taxi drivers in Dubai, you’ve surely already heard a few stories about the Pashtun capital of Pakistan!
A stone’s throw from the Afghanistan border through the Khyber Pass and chock full of lush mansions, ancient mosques, bustling bazaars, and massive forts, Peshawar’s twists and turns make for perfect spot to get lost for a weekend!
Peshawar’s history connects to many fallen empires, from Alexander the Great to the Buddhist Kushans, the nomadic White Huns, all the way to the Delhi Sultanate and the Mughals through the Sikhs, Marathas, and the British Raj. Today what remains of the citadels of its ancient roots can be found through the old city with remnants of fortified walls, brick havelis, and the wooden doors and balconies of the Sethi Mohallah.
The Mahabat Khan Mosque, built in the 1600’s, dominates the old city skyline with its iconic marble minarets and elaborate mosaics, the Bala Hissar Fort atop massive mound dates to the 7th century when it was a royal residence atop the Peshawar Valley, and the architectural styles of a dozen empires is a feast for the eyes!
The Khyber Pass, part of the ancient Silk Road, connecting Afghanistan to the Indian Subcontinent, has been a contentious chokepoint for many a fallen invader, from Genghis Khan and the Mongols all the way to the British, it’s literally the Pakistani frontier!
Let’s go!! ???♂??♀✈?
Day 1 // Peshawar & Mahabat Khan Mosque
After early morning flight to Peshawar and immigration formalities, head to hotel for quick refresh before we hit the Qisakhwani Bazaar. Along the way we’ll stop at the colonial Islamia College and take a quick tour of the Sethi mansions. After a delicious local lunch, we’ll start our exploration of the grand Mahabat Khan Mosque and few other highlights in the neighborhood before heading back to hotel for dinner.
Day 2 // Khyber Pass & Bala Hissar Fort
After breakfast we’ll have a quick journey to the Khyber Pass, part of the original Silk Road and Central Asia’s gateway between Afghanistan and Pakistan. On the way back to Peshawar we’ll stop for lunch and few photo ops before we reach the Bala Hissar Fort. We’ll enjoy a kahwa and a kulfu in the Shahi Bagh gardens before exploring more of the Old City. Farewell dinner and last minute Afghan carpet shopping before returning to hotel and early morning departure to Dubai.
Level of difficulty: Easy, available to anyone.
Activities: Sightseeing, urban exploring.
Accommodation & meals: 5 star hotel double sharing & meals included. Single room at extra cost.
Cost: AED 3300 all incl. flights.
Specifically excluded: Any costs related to visa, insurance.
Visas: Most nationalities eligible for E-visa: https://visa.nadra.gov.pk/ We will guide you through the process.
See yah in Peshawar **
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