Tourists don’t pay much attention to Mansehra except to get out and squint at three rocks on the northern outskirts, on which King Ashoka inscribed a set of edicts over 2200 years ago. The bazaar is lively, bearing traces of the town’s history as a Sikh garrison town in the early 19th century. If you can tolerate the gridlocked traffic, it’s a great place for people-watching, with a rich mix of Pashtuns, Punjabis and Kashmiris. The most common language is Pashto, with some Hindko Punjabi.
Last updated: Jun 1, 2009