Peshawar, a city 40km from the border of Afghanistan, has a beautiful and rich history. The city’s history can be seen in its architecture, monuments, art, and religious and cultural spaces. One of the prime locations to explore is the recently revamped Heritage Trail.
The Heritage Trail begins at the historical Ghanta Ghar (5th image above). Visitors can then walk through Bazaar-e-Kalan and the Sethian Mohallah — a once upscale neighbourhood of the city which houses palatial wooden havelis built by the Sethis in 1882. It culminates at the archaeological complex of Gor Gathri, which was used by the Italian mercenary general Paolo Avaitable as his residence during the period when Sikhs ruled the city.
The complex also houses Serai Jahandad - which has been converted into an artisan village, a 17th century Hindu temple and a British-built fire brigade with two vintage fire engines dating back to 1912.
The complex also boasts a museum and an excavation site which is over 2,000-years-old.