Peshawar (pronounced pu-shah-wur) conjures images of romance, intrigue and danger – the archetypal frontier town. Sat at the foot of the Khyber Pass, it has been an important trading town and staging post for invasions for centuries, its fortunes often more closely linked to affairs in Kabul than the flat lands of the Indus and Punjab.
The Khyber Pass
It’s less the view but the idea of the place that attracts most people to the Khyber Pass. For centuries it has divided and linked empires and peoples, marking a watershed between Central Asia and the subcontinent. Darius the Great, Babur, Buddhist travellers, Scythian warriors and soldiers of the British empire have all been drawn through the pass.
Although Lahore may not be Pakistan’s capital city, it wins hands down as its cultural, intellectual and artistic hub. If history and architecture are your passion there’s an evocative mix, from formidable Mughal monuments to faded legacies of the British Raj. Indeed, even a ramble around the Old City can unfold into a mini-adventure.