Wanderlust
67 Photos Of Peshawar You’ve Never Seen Before
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Published: Nov 9, 2015

Here are some pictures of Peshawar that you may have never seen before. Starting from the 1800’s to the 2000’s.

1. Peshawar Bazaar – 1865

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2. A market in Peshawar, photo taken between 1860s to 1880s

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3. Peshawar Fort – 1878. GT (Grand Trunk) Road is in the foreground.

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4. Khyber Chiefs with a British Political Officer at Jamrud Fort, 1878.

Extremely rare photos of Khyber Chiefs with a British political officer, Captain Tucker, at Jamrud Fort, at the mouth of Khyber Pass.

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5. View of Peshawar and St John’s Church, 1878.

Photograph of Peshawar, with a view across the cantonment towards St John’s Church and the distant mountains of the Khyber Pass, taken in 1878 by John Burke.

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6. Pakhtun men with governor and deputy governor, outside Governor’s Compound, Peshawar, 1880

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7. The tent of an officer with servants and horses at Peshawar, 1883

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8. Principal Street of Peshawar, 1886

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9. Afridi soldiers from Khyber Pass, 1887

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10. Kuki Khels native regiment, Peshawar, 1880s

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11. Jamrud Fort, at the entrance of Khyber Pass, 1880s

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12. The Elephants Battery in Peshawar, 1880s

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13. North entrance gate of Peshawar City, 1880s

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14. Peshawar Zoo – 1890

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15. A caravan arrived in Peshawar from Kabul – 1905

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16. The Duchess of Connaught Hospital, Peshawar, 1906 

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17. Kissa (Qissa) Khawani Bazar, Peshawar – 1910

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18. Saddar Bazaar Peshawar, 1910s

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19.  British Infantry Lines Peshawar, 1910s

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20. Edwards Gate, Peshawar – 1920

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21. Caravan Serai, Peshawar, 1920

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22. Peshawar Zoological Gardens, 1920s

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23. Ghanta Ghar (Cunningham Clock Tower), Peshawar

It was built in 1900 in commemoration of the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria. The clock tower was named the Cunningham Clock Tower after Sir George Cunningham, former British governor and political agent in the province.

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24. Royal Air Force fighter planes at Peshawar Airport, 1925

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25. A sikh cloth merchant in Peshawar Bazaar, 1928

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26. British India and Afghanistan Border, 1934

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27. Saddar Bazaar Peshawar, 1940s

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28. Peshawar Bus Terminal 1959

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29. A ‘Gun Inspector’ at Dera Adam Khel, 1963.

A ‘Gun Inspector’ is checking the quality control outside a Gun Factory in Dara Adam Khel. Photo by Bill Spence.

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30. A gun factory in Dera Adam Khel – 1963.

John Sheffer of United State Army Security Agency is seen in the photo.

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Photo by Bill Spence

 

31. A Street in Dera Adam Khel – 1963. 

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Photo by Bill Spence

 

32. Tribesmen sitting outside a shop in Landhi Kotal – 1963.

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Photo by Bill Spence

 

33. Photo of Khyber Pass – 1963.

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Photo by Bill Spence

 

34. Khyber Pass – 1963.

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Photo by Bill Spence

 

35. An aerial view of Peshawar in 1963.

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Photo by Bill Spence

 

36. A snake-charmer at Badaber Station – 1963.

Employees of the United States Army Security Agency and their families enjoying the performance of a snake-charmer at Badaber Station in 1963. Photo by Bill Spence.

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37. Barracks at Badaber Station – 1963.

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Photo by Bill Spence

 

38. Metro Cinema, Peshawar – 1963.

Showing “Deewana”, starring Sabiha, Ejaz, Deeba and Habib.

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Photo by Bill Spence

 

39. “Picture House” Cinema -1963.

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Photo by Bill Spence

 

40. Chowk Yadgar, Peshawar – 1963.

The monument is not visible in the photo. Its boundary fence can be seen.

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Photo by Bill Spence

 

41. St John’s Cathedral, Peshawar

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42. Chowk Yadgar: Horse-shoe style white marble monument

In 1969, the original Hastings Monument was demolished and a new horse-shoe style monument of white marble was built to commemorate the shuhadas of the 1965 Indo-Pakistan War.

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43. Chowk Yadgar: Current Structure

In the early 1990s, the horse-shoe style white marble monument was replaced with another dome shaped structure.

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44. Hastings Memorial/Chowk Yadgaar.

Colonel Hastings Memorial (built around 1884-92 in remembrance of the first British Commissioner of Peshawar, Lieutenant Colonel Edward George Godolphin Hastings) was the old name for “Chowk Yadgaar”. Original Chowk Yadgaar visible in this photo was demolished and horse-shoe shaped Chowk Yadgaar was built. Later on, that too was demolished.

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45. Hastings Memorial (now Chowk Yadgar) after Independence of Pakistan

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46. Virsa Cafe (Cafe de Viento), near Hayatabad, Peshawar

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47. Government School, Peshawar

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48. Edwards College, Peshawar

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49. University of Peshawar – 1963.

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Photo by Bill Spence

 

50. Islamia College, Peshawar

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51. An old photo of Islamia College

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52. Mohabbat Khan Mosque, Peshawar.

The Mohabbat Khan Mosque, named after the Mughal governor of Peshawar, Nawab Mohabbat Khan, who served under Emperors Shah Jehan and Aurangzeb and who was the grandson of Nawab Dadan Khan (who had been governor of Lahore), was built in 1630.

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53. Sunehri Masjid (Golden Mosque), Peshawar.

Photo by Khalid Mahmood.

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Photo by Khalid Mahmood

 

54. Peshawar Museum.

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Photo by Khalid Mahmood

 

55. First power house of Peshawar

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56. Western Gateway of the Gorkhatri Caravan Serai, Peshawar.

Old Tehsil office gate.

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Photo by Willard 84

 

57. Peshawar Gift House – 1963.

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Photo by Bill Spence

 

58. Lansdowne Theatre, Peshawar.

The majestic building of Lansdowne Theatre was demolished in February 2007. Photo by Environmentalist.

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Photo by Environmentalist.

 

59. A 19th century palace on Arbab Road, Peshawar.

It belonged to a young orphaned Sikh.

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Photo by Environmentalist

 

60. Kawatra Building, Arbab Road, Saddar, Peshawar – 1963.

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Photo by Bill Spence.

 

61. Qila Balahisar, Peshawar in 1967

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62. Balahisar Fort, Peshawar

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63. Another Photo of Dean’s Hotel- 1963.

Foreigners (Jan Kiviniemi and Juhn Hartberg of the United States Army Security Agency) bargaining with a rickshaw driver.

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Photo by Bill Spence.

 

64. Historic Dean’s Hotel, Peshawar – 1963.

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Photo by Bill Spence.

 

65. A very old poster of Dean’s Hotel Peshawar

This undated poster was published in Bombay.

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66. Dean’s Hotel, Peshawar – 1946

Dean’s Hotel was constructed in 1913. It was built on 7.21 acres and was one of the most famous hotels in undivided India. Among its distinguished guests were Rudyard Kipling, Sir Winston Churchill, Quaid-e-Azam, and King Nadir Shah of Afghanistan (in 1929). The hotel was demolished a few years back and a plaza was constructed in its place.

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67. Khyber Train Safari

The Khyber train safari was a tourist train which ran between Peshawar and Landi Kotal through Khyber Pass in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province. The Train has been closed in 2006 due to washed away of railway track and bridges by flood. In this photo, the train is about to depart from Shahgai railway station and descend out of the Khyber Pass back to Jamrud, near Peshawar. The local tribesmen are asserting their right to free travel on the trains, a condition of the railway being built through their land.

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All images were taken from here.