Se hva du kan gjøre og oppleve i Peshawar

Historically an important trading centre, Peshawar sits not far from the Khyber Pass, once part of the legendary Silk Route, and an important gateway to the Indian subcontinent travelled by prominent conquerors and explorers. Things remain volatile in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa border province, of which Peshawar is the capital, but recent trends seem to indicate a decline in criminality and a budding resurgence of urban life.

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Peshawar Museum

Nowhere else in the world is there a collection of Gandharan art more extensive than that of the Peshawar Museum, housed inside an attractive Victorian building (much of the Gandharan section was closed for renovations as of fall 2017, so do give a call prior to visiting).
Adresse: Saddar Rd, Peshawar
Telefon: +92 91 9210985
Åpningstider: Sat-Thurs 8.30am-12.30am

Islamia College

The grounds of beautiful Islamia College are open to the public, allowing anyone to enjoy the glory of its Victorian architecture and tranquil, green premises. It is a reputable academic institution, too, and one important enough to be displayed on the 1000 Pakistani Rupees banknote.
Adresse: College Rd Hawal, Srinagar
Telefon: +91 194 242 6819

Mahabat Khan Mosque

The splendid Mahabat Khan Mosque is a fine example of 17th century Mughal architecture, with its ornate interior and courtyard water reservoir especially inviting to visitors. Entry is allowed, and private tour guides offer their services at a moderate fee.
Adresse: Ander Sher Bazaar, Peshawar

Sethi Street

The Sethi Mohallah area within the walls of Peshawar's old town contains rare examples of Central Asian-inspired architecture, building constructed by the once prosperous trader family. The intricate woodwork and carvings, along with ornamental interiors and stained glass windows and ceilings, make for a fascinating look around (mind that most houses are now privately owned).
Adresse: Sethial St, Peshawar

Bala Hisar Fort

The imposing fort was once the seat of Afghan Durrani royals; ownership was transferred to the Sikhs in the 19th century, the fort eventually being rebuilt by Britain to achieve the look it has today. Bala Hisar now houses the paramilitary forces of Pakistan (which makes a look inside problematic), but an on-site museum is open to the public.
Adresse: Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Cunningham Clocktower

The Cunningham Clocktower, known locally as "Ghanta Ghar", lies a mere couple of hundred metres away from the city's busy centre, Chowk Yadgar. It was inaugurated in 1900, to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of British queen Victoria. The Kalyan Bazar road that runs from here is lined with interesting examples of old merchant dwellings.

Khyber Pass

Security is of concern at present and trips to the Khyber Pass are best left for a better time (check official safety advice at your planned time of travel), but do seize the opportunity when the opportunity comes. The pass has long been a gateway to South Asia (part of the ancient Silk Route), travelled by merchants, explorers and conquerors, the likes of Alexander the Great and Mughals, a channel that now connects Pakistan to the troubled Afghan territories via Torkham. Michni Checkpoint is as far as most visitors can count on getting.


For a BBQ feast the region is know for, try the excellent Habibi, whose best offering is a special BBQ platter (the full version serves a party of 4 or 5, while the 1/2 is enough to feed a couple), which includes a variety of chicken, mutton, and fish dishes, as well as the Afghani rice-based speciality kabuli palaw.
Adresse: Phase-III Chowk, Peshawar
Telefon: +92 91 5701818
Åpningstider: Daily 11am-11.50pm

Shiraz Ronaq

The restaurant is a longtime local favourite, enjoyed especially by large parties and families for its spacious setup. Dinners are the busiest time, with a varied buffet of Pakistani, Afghani, and even Chinese dishes. Book a table in advance to ensure seating.
Adresse: 1 Saddar Rd, Peshawar
Telefon: +92 91 5284201
Åpningstider: Daily 12.30-3.30pm, 7.30-10.30pm

Charasi Tikka

Meat is ordered by the kilo at this reputable Old Town establishment, diners' selection then sent straight to the open kitchen to be cooked to their liking before their very eyes. Transparency is certainly part of the appeal, and so is the traditional ambience and authentic cuisine of Peshawar, where meats are cooked on low heat.
Adresse: Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa, Namak Mandi Rd, Peshawar
Telefon: +92 300 5922978
Åpningstider: Daily 11am-11pm

Hong Kong

The longest-standing Chinese restaurant in town is an unpretentious eatery and a family favourite. The menu is dazzlingly extensive, with forty-eight varieties of soup alone, and a further many noodle, rice, and meat dishes. Prices are reasonable and seating ample.
Adresse: 24, D The Mall, Mall Rd, Peshawar
Telefon: +92 91 5284166
Åpningstider: Daily 11.30am-3pm & 6.30-10.30pm


The rooftop barbecue restaurant is one of the finest dining establishments in the entire city, offering panoramic views, live music, and traditional floor seating for those who prefer it. Both a la carte and buffet service are available. Prices are higher than at most local establishments, which means there are rarely too many diners.
Adresse: Khyber Rd, Peshawar
Telefon: +92 91 111 505 505

Cafe Crunch

Cafe Crunch is a pleasant surprise - unlike at many other city eateries, guests are welcome to linger for longer than the exact amount of time it takes to finish a meal, which is great news for those who happen to love the breezy courtyard. The menu lists a selection of meals and snacks, including the recommended steaks and pizza, as well as desserts and soft drinks. There is live music in the evenings.
Adresse: N Canal Rd, Peshawar
Telefon: +92 91 5701061
Åpningstider: Daily 11am-11.30pm

Chief Burger

One of the very first fast casual restaurants in Peshawar, Chief Burger is still going strong years after its opening, serving good quality, inexpensive casual meals, with burgers and pizza at the forefront, and other offerings including steaks, salads, soups, and dessert.
Adresse: University Rd, Peshawar
Telefon: +92 91 5844788
Åpningstider: Daily 10am-12am

Jan's Deli

Jan's is a pleasant University Town area spot for casual meals (they serve everything from burgers to steak and pasta) or coffee breaks, with enticing, scrumptious cakes displayed at the shop front. The set meals are of great value, and highly recommended.
Adresse: Circular Lane, Iqra Chowk, University Town, Peshawar
Telefon: +92 91 5701687
Åpningstider: Daily 11.30am-11pm

Mr. Cod

Mr. Cod is a local take on the traditional UK fish and chip shop, with a fast food menu that includes fish burgers, deep-fried prawns, chicken rice, and fish tikka, all of which come as part of great value combo meals with fries. The breakfast special includes an egg muffin sandwich, red beans, salad, and a hot beverage.
Adresse: 3-A Park Ave, Iqra Chowk, University Rd, Peshawar
Telefon: +92 91 5843048
Åpningstider: Mon-Sat 11am-1am, Sun 11am-12am

Cafe de Milano

The Italian bakery and restaurant Cafe de Milano occupies the basement of Aman Center in the Main University Road (use the Telenor office as a reference point). Many come here for the scrumptious cakes, but meals like steaks, barbecue, seafood, and even Thai and Chinese dishes are served.
Adresse: University Rd, Peshawar
Telefon: +92 91 58 440 44

Pearl Continental Hotel

The Pearl Continental is one of the very few places in Peshawar that serve alcoholic drinks to non-Muslim foreigners, including beer produced by Pakistan's longest standing Murree Brewery. The dining offer is extensive, and includes Italian and Chinese cuisines, as well as a rooftop barbecue restaurant. Live music and shows set the scene on occasion.
Adresse: Khyber Rd, Peshawar
Telefon: +92 91 111 505 505

Nishtar Hall

The recently revamped Nishtar Hall is a cultural centre aimed at preservation of the Pashtun traditions and art. Plays and musical performances marked it being re-opened in 2016 after forced shut down nearly a decade prior; exhibitions and other cultural events are hosted here on a regular basis.
Adresse: Saddar Rd, Peshawar

Saddar Bazaar

A city's busiest shopping area across Pakistan and India is often known as "saddar", Peshawar being no exception. The array of shops and vendors is simply staggering, and may prove overwhelming to the unprepared visitor, so do consider hiring a local guide. Haggling is acceptable at both markets and stores.
Adresse: Saddar Rd, Peshawar

Deans Shopping Mall

If taking to the shopping streets proves overwhelming, Deans is a viable alternative: much less hectic and plenty more organised, one of the city's largest shopping centres houses thousands of shops selling everything under the sun, from quality fabrics to electronics.
Adresse: Saddar Rd, Peshawar
Åpningstider: Mon-Sat 9.30am-10pm

Street of Storytellers

The part of Khyber Bazaar known as Qissa Khawani, or the "street of storytellers", is where traders and travellers of olde shared tales of grand adventures in foreign lands - hence the poetic nickname. Much has changed since, but Qissa Khawani remains a vibrant market street, where clothing, teas, spices, crockery and metal housewear are still sold.
Adresse: Qissa Khawani, Peshawar

Ander Sher Bazaar

Best known as the place to get quality jewellery (including pieces featuring authentic precious stones), Ander Sher is a popular market with an abundant offering of various ornaments - and not only. A separate section within specialises in items of gold. Custom-made pieces may be ordered.
Adresse: Qadimi Shehr, Peshawar
Telefon: +92 300 9336999
Åpningstider: Mon-Sat 10am-7.30pm

Smugglers' Bazaar

The Karkhano Market has gained notoriety for the weapons and opiates sold in its closed-off-to-foreigners far end; venturing here without a trusted guide is an endeavour we do not endorse. The sprawling shopping area leading up to here, however, can be visited freely, although remaining vigilant at all times is essential.
Adresse: Jamrud Rd, Peshawar
Telefon: +92 331 9131818
Åpningstider: Sat-Thurs 9am-6pm


Multiple terrorist attacks have been carried out in Pakistan in recent years, including at places of interest attractive to tourists like markets, cinemas, restaurants, and other places known to be frequented by foreigners. This applies to Peshawar especially, party due to the city's proximity to the Afghanistan border and lawless Tribal Areas, through which guns and drugs are known to flow freely. At the time of writing (early 2018) all but essential travel to Peshawar is advised against. Threat of terrorist attacks and kidnappings is imminent, and solo exploration, particularly for female travellers, is not recommended, and strongly advised against after sundown. Modesty in dress is advised, which implies loose-fitting clothing that covers shoulders and legs.

Passport / Visa

Most travellers will need to apply for an entry visa via one of Pakistan's diplomatic missions. Visa on arrival may be issued in certain cases, but only applies to a selected number of nationalities, and only for visitors travelling as part of an organised tour group or on business. Visa-free entry is granted to nationals of the Maldives, Nepal, Samoa, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago. Indian residents are subject to extra regulations and are not issued tourist visas, but may enter the country on a different type of visa. Citizens of India, along with Bangladesh, Bhutan, Israel, Nigeria, Palestine, Somalia and Uganda are required to register with the police upon arrival.

Bacha Khan International Airport

The Bacha Khan International Airport (formerly Peshawar International Airport) is one of the busiest air hubs in the country. It services multiple destinations within Pakistan and abroad. The airport is located a short drive away from the city centre. It is possible to hire a rental car or taxi upon arrival. Afridi Rent a Car Concourse Hall & Car Parking Area PABX BKIAP: +9291 9211525

Best Time to Visit

In terms of weather, the months that boast most comfortable temperatures are late spring's April and May, as well as early autumn's September and October. As for the safety situation, it can change and deteriorate quickly, so doing research immediately prior to travel is absolutely essential.

Public Transport

While the rapid transit system for Peshawar remains under construction (as of early 2018), the best way to get around town on the cheap is by manoeuvrable auto-rickshaws. Public busses are advised against, being overcrowded and rather inefficient.


The taxi hiring app Careem operates in Pakistan. Insaf Cabs +92 91 5811101


Time's Pharmacy Spogmay plaza, Univeristy Town, Peshawar Mon-Sat 9am-11.45pm, Sun 11am-11.45pm Al-Syed Pharmacy Old Jamrud Rd, Peshawar +92 333 9104919 Mon-Sat 9am-11pm, Sun 5-11pm Pharma 7 Namak Mandi Rd, Peshawar Mon 8am-12am, Tue-Sat 24 hours, Sun 12-8am +92 345 9037355


For shipping valuables, there are private delivery services such as DHL (1080 Saddar Rd). Pakistan General Post Office
Adresse: Saddar Rd, Peshawar
Telefon: +92 91 9211642
Åpningstider: Mon-Sat 9am-4pm


+92 (Pakistan country code) 91 (Peshawar area code)


230 V, 50Hz "Euro" plugs type C and three round pin type D plugs used