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Islamia College was founded in 1913 to educate the sons of the Pathan chiefs. The building is in impressive Moghul/Gothic style, so impressive that it also appears on the front of the hundred rupee note. A stroll around the immaculately maintained gardens and lawns is a delight.
Islamia College Peshawar is one of the earliest educational institutions in Frontier. It was built in 1920s and is now a part of Peshawar University.The historical Islamia College Peshawar is among those few institutions of the country, where a large number of sports facilities are provided to the students for their mental and physical training.
Peshawar or Pushpapur was the land of Buddhist Pilgrimage for Chinese, Tibitians, Koreans and Indians when the Buddhism was at its peak in the days of the Kushan Emperor Kanishka who ruled in AD 78. Not far from Ali masjid fort is Sphola Stupa of second century AD,stands on the right of the road above the railway at the village of Zarai.Beautiful Gandhara Sculptures of Bhudda were found here when the site was excavated at the beginning of this century. A guided tour to these historical settlements is must.Many of the findings from these sites can be found im Peshawar Museum.The fasting Buddha here is more haunting than the one in Lahore Museum. Kanishika build the empire's most magnificent Buddhist stupa at Shah j k Dheri but now it is site of brick factory.
Shagai Fort is an imposing red fort.It was built by the British in the 1920s and is now manned by the Frontier Force.The Fort was an important base in the tribal zone of Pakistan.For many years it is the headquarters of the Khyber Rifles - the traditional guardians of the pass and it is stragically placed at the centre of the Kyber.
One of Pakistan's prestigious boarding schools. It was founded in 1855 as the Sir Herbet Edwardes Memorial School. It has splendid Mughal -Gothic buildinds replete with ornate cupolas, baubles and pillars.
Sir Herbert Edwardes, Commissioner of Peshawar 1853-58 was most distinguished and faithful friend of the frontier. Under his wish and courageous leadership educational and medical works were started. When the Church Missionary Society founded this college in 1900 it was named Edwardes College in honour of him.
Directions: The College is situated in one of the most beautiful parts of Peshawar Cantonment, a few minute's walk from the railway station.
Phone: 091-275154, 275211
Peshawar club interior
The Peshawar club is located on Sir Syed Road near The Mall, is reserved for members and their guests, but anyone can go in to look around and browse in Libraray & enjo the hospitality. There is also a swimming pool which is surrounded by large shade trees. In the morning, half of it is curtained off by a Shamiana, behind which swim women in Purdah. Bells ring loudly just before noon to warn the ladies that they are about to be exposed.
Directions: Located on Sir Syed Road near the Mall......
St John's Cathedral
St John's Cathedral is the oldest in Peshawar, dating from 1851, the second year of British presence. The Christian cemetry is not beside the church, however, being located instead at two places beyond the residential area on the road to the khyber pass. The oldest graves are cemented into the wall closet to the road and tell evocative tales of death on the frontier. Donations for the unkeep of the cemetery are welcomed by the bishop at St John's Cathedral.
At the centre of the Saddar(new peshawar area) is the Khalid bin Walid or Company Bagh. An old garden laid out in the classical Mughal style, it has several large trees and is renowned for its rose bushes.Its huge ancient trees and gorgeous big roses are a sigh to remember.
An Old house in Old Peshawar
As an ancient town where the footprints of many diverse civilisations lay, Peshawar has several interesting historical sites. The old city was once a heavily guarded citadel with high walls. Today, not much remains of the walls, but the houses have an essence of days gone by. Most of the houses are made of unbaked bricks with wooden structures for protection against earthquakes. Many of them have beautifully carved wooden doors and latticed wooden balconies.
Peshawar is the great Pathan city. And what a city! Hoary with age and the passage of twenty-five centuries, redolent with the smell of luscious fruit and roasted meat and tobacco smoke, placid and relaxed but pulsating with the rhythmic sound of craftsmen's hammers and horses' hooves, unhurried in its pedestrian pace and horse-carriage traffic, darkened with tall houses, narrow lanes and overhanging balconies, intimate, with its freely intermingling crowd of townsmen. Tribal, traders and tourists - this is old Peshawar the journey?s end or at least a long halt, for those traveling up north or coming down from the Middle East or Central Asia, now as centuries before when caravans unloaded in the many caravan ?serais? now lying deserted outside the dismantled city walls or used as garages by the modern caravans of far-ranging buses.
Today a walk in the old peshawar streets looks like a historical hollywood movie setup....all is great about it!
qissa khawani bazzar
Extending from west to east in the heart of the city is the romantic 'Street of Story-tellers' - the Qissa Khawani Bazzar. In olden days, this was the site of camping ground for caravans and military adventures, where professional story-tellers recited ballads and tales of war and love to throngs of traders and soldiers. Today the story-tellers are gone but the atmosphere lingers on. Bearded tribesmen bargain with city traders over endless cups of green tea. Fruit stalls look small colourful pyramids. People from everywhere throng the crowded street. Afghans, Iraqis, Uzbeks, Tajiks, Afridis, and Shinwaris move around with ease and grace in their colourful native robes and run shoulders with the Western tourists-lost in a world so different, so enchanting.
Architectural Beauty...Peshawar Museum
The Peshawar Museum is a wonderful places full of a vertiable treasures of art, sculpture and historic relics. It was founded in 1907. Its red bricks building consist of spacious hall, for side galleries two on the ground and two on upper story. The main hall and three galleries are reserved for exhibition of Ghundjara Sculptures, terracotta figurines, lithic inscriptions, toilet, trays, household objects etc. we can see the colossal standing Buddha and a large number of Buddha heads in various sizes both in stone and stucco are on display here.
The other sections of museum covered the era of Muslims and Tribal. The prize possession of the museum is however, the Kanishka casket recovered from Shah-ji-Dheri on the outskirts of Peshawar during the archeological excavations conducted in 1908-9. The inscribed casket in Kharosti contained three fragments of bone of the Buddha, which were given by the British Government to the Buddhist Society of Burma, which re-shrined them at Madalay. This famous casket is on display in this museum.
There are some engraved gems, pottery, ivory shells and metal objects. Electrotypes of the early coins of the northwest frontier and lithic inscriptions in Kharoshti, sardar garhi.
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