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    A motorbike tour of the ancient Walled City of Peshawar
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    A wonderful way to discover the ancient city on two-wheels. I own a Suzuki Inazuma 250. It is the perfect travel companion for leisure trips. I chose an early morning time on a Sunday (holiday) when the traffic is thin and the city is waking up.

    A motorbike tour of the Walled City Peshawar -1683749

    Peshawar (pronounced Pe-SHAH-wur), the capital of Khyber-Pukhtunkhwa (NWFP), is a frontier town, the meeting place of the subcontinent and Central Asia. It is perhaps the oldest Living City in this part of Asia ? a place where ancient traditions jostle with those of today, and where the bazaar in the old city has changed little in the last hundred years except to become the neighbour of a modern university, some modern hotels, some international banks and one of the best museums in Pakistan.


    No other city is quite like old Peshawar. The bazaar within its walls is like an American Wild West movie costumed as a Bible epic. Pathan (Pukhtun or Pashtun) tribesmen stroll down the street, their hands hidden inside their shawls and their faces partly covered by the loose ends of their turbans (they have now been forbidden to walk armed in town). With his piercing eyes and finely chiselled nose, the Pathan must be the handsomest man on earth. Overlooking all the crowded and narrow streets are the massive Balahisar Fort ? still used by the army, and the elegant Mahabat Khan Mosque.
    A motorbike tour of the Walled City Peshawar -1683750 (Behind the Qissa Khwani or The Storytellers' Bazaar)

    The railway, built by the British, divides Peshawar?s old town from the Cantonment, laid out by the British after 1850, with wide tree-lined streets bordered by once gracious administrative buildings and spacious bungalows in large gardens. Clubs, churches, schools, The Mall, Saddar Bazaar and the airport are all part of the British contribution to modern Peshawar. Peshawar University, founded in 1950, and surrounded by University Town, lies to the west on the road to the Khyber Pass. Hayatabad, the newest suburb, is west of the university nearer the Khyber Pass.


    Peshawar is divided into four sections:
    ?The old walled city,
    ?The British cantonment,
    ?University Town
    ?Hayatabad
    A motorbike tour of the Walled City Peshawar -1683751 (A handy map by Dr Sayed Amjad Hussain, useful for navigating the narrow alleys and streets)

    Walled City of Peshawar
    The most exciting part of Peshawar is the old city, which dates from Buddhist, Mughal and Sikh times. It is a labyrinth of narrow lanes and colourful bazaars, a mosaic of traders, travellers, Pathan tribesmen and Afghans. Until the 20th century, it was surrounded by a wall. In typical Asiatic style, shops selling similar wares are found together; they are almost always open except during Jumma prayers on Friday afternoon. A tour taking in all the most interesting and picturesque bazaars, and some of the specialist shops and workshops, can be accomplished in two to three hours on a bike if you do not stop for the endless cups of tea offered by the shopkeepers.
    A motorbike tour of the Walled City Peshawar -1683752 (Bazaar e Kalaan, or the Main Street of the Walled City)

    The Gor Khatri was once a Mughal caravanserai crowning the hill at the top end of Sethi Street. Huge Mughal gateways on either end lead into a large courtyard, over 200 metres square, that was once surrounded on all four sides by rooms for travellers. The site has been considered holy for more than 2,000 years. In the second century AD, it was a Buddhist shrine and monastery known as the Tower of the Buddha?s Bowl. Remains of a Hindu temple to Gorakhnath, a yogi sect, stand in the south-eastern corner of the courtyard, with a shrine to Nandi beside it.


    An ongoing archaeological dig in the north-eastern corner of Gor Khatri has established that Peshawar is one of the earliest living cities in this part of Asia, inhabited continuously from the 4-6th century BC, when it was a province of the Persian Achaemenian Empire. From then onwards it was ruled in turn by the Mauryans, Greeks, Scythians, Kushans, Sasanians, White Huns, Hindu Shahis, Ghaznavids, Ghorids, Suri Afghans, Mughals, Durrani Afghans, Sikhs, and the British, before becoming Pakistan in 1947.
    A motorbike tour of the Walled City Peshawar -1683753 (The Western Gateway of the ancient site of Gor Khatri)

    Sethi Street continues up the hill to the Mughal caravanserai (Gor Khatri). Most of the old interconnected houses here belong to the Sethi family, one of the oldest merchant families in Peshawar. They once had offices in Czarist Russia and Shanghai; they imported silks and china and exported cloth, indigo and tea. The tall houses with wooden balconies have intricately carved wooden doors leading into spacious courtyards. Cool cellars, 15 metres deep, provide a retreat from the heat in summer. Victorian glass chandeliers evoke 19th-century opulence. Hidden inside these houses, covering their ceilings and walls like a mantle, is decorative woodwork of exquisite quality. Through a galaxy of pre-Islamic, Moghul, Sikh and even British motifs, much of Peshawar?s rich and varied cultural history can be traced.
    A motorbike tour of the Walled City Peshawar -1683754 (Inside the Sethi Mohallah)

    A motorbike tour of the Walled City Peshawar -1683755 (Carved doorway in Peshawar's Mohallah Sethian)

    A motorbike tour of the Walled City Peshawar -1683757A motorbike tour of the Walled City Peshawar -1683758

    General scenes of the Walled City:

    A motorbike tour of the Walled City Peshawar -1683761A motorbike tour of the Walled City Peshawar -1683762A motorbike tour of the Walled City Peshawar -1683763A motorbike tour of the Walled City Peshawar -1683764A motorbike tour of the Walled City Peshawar -1683765

    (Ali Jan is a travel writer and can be reached on alijan98 @ gmail . com)


    A motorbike tour of the Walled City Peshawar -1683766

    Taken from TCKP's Peshawar Booklet by Isobel Shaw and Ali Jan

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    Good coverage and detail with beautiful bike. Best of luck.

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    Nice coverage. I wish they had some rental hotel/motel places in these areas of Old cities of Pakistan. I would like to visit Pakistan on vacation and live among the natives. Purani yaadain tazaa karnay kaliye. Maybe live in those old city areas for a week for a month. It sounds like fun.

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    Soo Good

    Thanks for sharing

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    Assalamu'alaikum Wa Rahmatullah !!

    Brother very beautiful thread no doubt Peshawar is historical city of Pakistan with some brilliant history memories. After the Soviet- Afghan war and due to the arrival of Afghan refugees this city has been changed. Some historical signs are still there and telling the stories (Qassa Khwani bazaar, Shahi Bagh, Wazir Bagh, Kotia Mohsin Khan, Kapoor Haveli,,Bala Hisar Fort,Chowk Yadgar,Gorkhatri, Shah G Ki Dheri, Mohabbat Khan Mosque, Qasim Ali Khan Mosque etc. You have narrated and captured awesomely and your driving machine is also looking very good. God bless u & ur family.

    Thanks & regards,

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    Thanks a lot for your kind comments Travel-Pole, Silver_Knife and Basic
    @RN100, Absolutely, there is growing awareness in both government and private circles about the historical worth of these areas. There used to places like Khan Klub which unfortunately don't exist anymore. One of the suggestions put forward for adaptive reuse of the Sethi House was to turn it into a Khan Klub like motel. Chairman of PTI Imran Khan is very keen on turning these historical quarters into attractive tourist worthy sites and trails. North West Heritage Hotel (outside Hashtnagri near Firduas area) is a popular place to stay. (ph: 091-2215881) and another Hotel is the Al-Emarat Hotel (3 star) in Namakmandi chowk, it is nestled between the Sikri and dubgari gates of the Walled City and one can stay here in comfort and walk about exploring every section of the Walled City at ease. (website: Emaraat Hotel | Hotel In Peshawar | 3 Star Hotel In Peshawar )
    @nishat12 Thank you very much brother for your nice wishes. Your knowledge of Peshawar's heritage and tourism sites is excellent MA. I hope more members can share experiences of their Peshawar visits here. Regards and all good wishes. AJ

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    Quote Originally Posted by peshawargallery View Post
    A motorbike tour of the ancient Walled City of Peshawar
    by
    Ali Jan

    A wonderful way to discover the ancient city on two-wheels. I own a Suzuki Inazuma 250. It is the perfect travel companion for leisure trips. I chose an early morning time on a Sunday (holiday) when the traffic is thin and the city is waking up.

    A motorbike tour of the Walled City Peshawar -1683749

    Peshawar (pronounced Pe-SHAH-wur), the capital of Khyber-Pukhtunkhwa (NWFP), is a frontier town, the meeting place of the subcontinent and Central Asia. It is perhaps the oldest Living City in this part of Asia ? a place where ancient traditions jostle with those of today, and where the bazaar in the old city has changed little in the last hundred years except to become the neighbour of a modern university, some modern hotels, some international banks and one of the best museums in Pakistan.


    No other city is quite like old Peshawar. The bazaar within its walls is like an American Wild West movie costumed as a Bible epic. Pathan (Pukhtun or Pashtun) tribesmen stroll down the street, their hands hidden inside their shawls and their faces partly covered by the loose ends of their turbans (they have now been forbidden to walk armed in town). With his piercing eyes and finely chiselled nose, the Pathan must be the handsomest man on earth. Overlooking all the crowded and narrow streets are the massive Balahisar Fort ? still used by the army, and the elegant Mahabat Khan Mosque.
    A motorbike tour of the Walled City Peshawar -1683750 (Behind the Qissa Khwani or The Storytellers' Bazaar)

    The railway, built by the British, divides Peshawar?s old town from the Cantonment, laid out by the British after 1850, with wide tree-lined streets bordered by once gracious administrative buildings and spacious bungalows in large gardens. Clubs, churches, schools, The Mall, Saddar Bazaar and the airport are all part of the British contribution to modern Peshawar. Peshawar University, founded in 1950, and surrounded by University Town, lies to the west on the road to the Khyber Pass. Hayatabad, the newest suburb, is west of the university nearer the Khyber Pass.


    Peshawar is divided into four sections:
    ?The old walled city,
    ?The British cantonment,
    ?University Town
    ?Hayatabad
    A motorbike tour of the Walled City Peshawar -1683751 (A handy map by Dr Sayed Amjad Hussain, useful for navigating the narrow alleys and streets)

    Walled City of Peshawar
    The most exciting part of Peshawar is the old city, which dates from Buddhist, Mughal and Sikh times. It is a labyrinth of narrow lanes and colourful bazaars, a mosaic of traders, travellers, Pathan tribesmen and Afghans. Until the 20th century, it was surrounded by a wall. In typical Asiatic style, shops selling similar wares are found together; they are almost always open except during Jumma prayers on Friday afternoon. A tour taking in all the most interesting and picturesque bazaars, and some of the specialist shops and workshops, can be accomplished in two to three hours on a bike if you do not stop for the endless cups of tea offered by the shopkeepers.
    A motorbike tour of the Walled City Peshawar -1683752 (Bazaar e Kalaan, or the Main Street of the Walled City)

    The Gor Khatri was once a Mughal caravanserai crowning the hill at the top end of Sethi Street. Huge Mughal gateways on either end lead into a large courtyard, over 200 metres square, that was once surrounded on all four sides by rooms for travellers. The site has been considered holy for more than 2,000 years. In the second century AD, it was a Buddhist shrine and monastery known as the Tower of the Buddha?s Bowl. Remains of a Hindu temple to Gorakhnath, a yogi sect, stand in the south-eastern corner of the courtyard, with a shrine to Nandi beside it.


    An ongoing archaeological dig in the north-eastern corner of Gor Khatri has established that Peshawar is one of the earliest living cities in this part of Asia, inhabited continuously from the 4-6th century BC, when it was a province of the Persian Achaemenian Empire. From then onwards it was ruled in turn by the Mauryans, Greeks, Scythians, Kushans, Sasanians, White Huns, Hindu Shahis, Ghaznavids, Ghorids, Suri Afghans, Mughals, Durrani Afghans, Sikhs, and the British, before becoming Pakistan in 1947.
    A motorbike tour of the Walled City Peshawar -1683753 (The Western Gateway of the ancient site of Gor Khatri)

    Sethi Street continues up the hill to the Mughal caravanserai (Gor Khatri). Most of the old interconnected houses here belong to the Sethi family, one of the oldest merchant families in Peshawar. They once had offices in Czarist Russia and Shanghai; they imported silks and china and exported cloth, indigo and tea. The tall houses with wooden balconies have intricately carved wooden doors leading into spacious courtyards. Cool cellars, 15 metres deep, provide a retreat from the heat in summer. Victorian glass chandeliers evoke 19th-century opulence. Hidden inside these houses, covering their ceilings and walls like a mantle, is decorative woodwork of exquisite quality. Through a galaxy of pre-Islamic, Moghul, Sikh and even British motifs, much of Peshawar?s rich and varied cultural history can be traced.
    A motorbike tour of the Walled City Peshawar -1683754 (Inside the Sethi Mohallah)

    A motorbike tour of the Walled City Peshawar -1683755 (Carved doorway in Peshawar's Mohallah Sethian)

    A motorbike tour of the Walled City Peshawar -1683757A motorbike tour of the Walled City Peshawar -1683758

    General scenes of the Walled City:

    A motorbike tour of the Walled City Peshawar -1683761A motorbike tour of the Walled City Peshawar -1683762A motorbike tour of the Walled City Peshawar -1683763A motorbike tour of the Walled City Peshawar -1683764A motorbike tour of the Walled City Peshawar -1683765

    (Ali Jan is a travel writer and can be reached on alijan98 @ gmail . com)


    A motorbike tour of the Walled City Peshawar -1683766

    Taken from TCKP's Peshawar Booklet by Isobel Shaw and Ali Jan

    Inazuma GW250 (Black)
    "Creamy smooth ride, excellent control and balance for both intracity sight-seeing and long journeys"
    Nice Details and Nice bike... (Y)..

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    Lovely insights and images of the city very close to my heart.

    I am sure many people who visit Pekhawar for short business trips wouldn't have known the wonderful places outlined in your article.

    Thanks for sharing and looking forward to see more images from other parts of this great town.

    PS. lovely ride, Masha Allah
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    Thank you zohair.rwp
    @makpak @mak_pk Thank you for your kind comment. In another thread you have given a link of a budget helmet cam (without wifi) Have you tried and tested it yet. I've also ordered it online, I received a conformation email but there's no activity on the tracking order link. It's been 3 days. Thanks

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    @peshawargallery bro,

    Unfortunately, I haven't tested the camera yet for recording. Just took it out of box, turned it on/off and checked accessories. Seems to be working ok.

    Insha Allah, you should get your package in the mail today/tomorrow (may be delayed due to weekend). Have you contacted them on 0311-1523333 ?
    Just an ordinary guy ... @Mak_pk

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    @makpak Thanks for sharing their number
    I called the jadeed.pk to enquire about my order status. He replied that they were out of stock!
    I told him 1. If they are out of stock then why does their website still list it as "In Stock" and 2. And suppose if they had gone out of stock after I had placed the order they could have communicated it to me earlier. I had placed the order on 25 May.


    His reply: We can send you the wifi version instead
    Me: At the same price?
    Him: No. At the wifi version price. But we might give you a further Rs 1000 discount
    Me: Thank you. Will it be a factory packaged brand new one, or a used/ returned model?
    Him: (Pause) Cough. Don't worry it will work
    Me: (I repeated my question: For the low price will it be a factory packaged brand new one, or a used returned model?)
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    @peshawargallery LOL ... interesting discussion.

    Well, I believe you did the right thing. Good luck!
    Just an ordinary guy ... @Mak_pk

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    Quote Originally Posted by peshawargallery View Post
    A motorbike tour of the ancient Walled City of Peshawar
    by
    Ali Jan

    A wonderful way to discover the ancient city on two-wheels. I own a Suzuki Inazuma 250. It is the perfect travel companion for leisure trips. I chose an early morning time on a Sunday (holiday) when the traffic is thin and the city is waking up.

    A motorbike tour of the Walled City Peshawar -1683749

    Peshawar (pronounced Pe-SHAH-wur), the capital of Khyber-Pukhtunkhwa (NWFP), is a frontier town, the meeting place of the subcontinent and Central Asia. It is perhaps the oldest Living City in this part of Asia ? a place where ancient traditions jostle with those of today, and where the bazaar in the old city has changed little in the last hundred years except to become the neighbour of a modern university, some modern hotels, some international banks and one of the best museums in Pakistan.


    No other city is quite like old Peshawar. The bazaar within its walls is like an American Wild West movie costumed as a Bible epic. Pathan (Pukhtun or Pashtun) tribesmen stroll down the street, their hands hidden inside their shawls and their faces partly covered by the loose ends of their turbans (they have now been forbidden to walk armed in town). With his piercing eyes and finely chiselled nose, the Pathan must be the handsomest man on earth. Overlooking all the crowded and narrow streets are the massive Balahisar Fort ? still used by the army, and the elegant Mahabat Khan Mosque.
    A motorbike tour of the Walled City Peshawar -1683750 (Behind the Qissa Khwani or The Storytellers' Bazaar)

    The railway, built by the British, divides Peshawar?s old town from the Cantonment, laid out by the British after 1850, with wide tree-lined streets bordered by once gracious administrative buildings and spacious bungalows in large gardens. Clubs, churches, schools, The Mall, Saddar Bazaar and the airport are all part of the British contribution to modern Peshawar. Peshawar University, founded in 1950, and surrounded by University Town, lies to the west on the road to the Khyber Pass. Hayatabad, the newest suburb, is west of the university nearer the Khyber Pass.


    Peshawar is divided into four sections:
    ?The old walled city,
    ?The British cantonment,
    ?University Town
    ?Hayatabad
    A motorbike tour of the Walled City Peshawar -1683751 (A handy map by Dr Sayed Amjad Hussain, useful for navigating the narrow alleys and streets)

    Walled City of Peshawar
    The most exciting part of Peshawar is the old city, which dates from Buddhist, Mughal and Sikh times. It is a labyrinth of narrow lanes and colourful bazaars, a mosaic of traders, travellers, Pathan tribesmen and Afghans. Until the 20th century, it was surrounded by a wall. In typical Asiatic style, shops selling similar wares are found together; they are almost always open except during Jumma prayers on Friday afternoon. A tour taking in all the most interesting and picturesque bazaars, and some of the specialist shops and workshops, can be accomplished in two to three hours on a bike if you do not stop for the endless cups of tea offered by the shopkeepers.
    A motorbike tour of the Walled City Peshawar -1683752 (Bazaar e Kalaan, or the Main Street of the Walled City)

    The Gor Khatri was once a Mughal caravanserai crowning the hill at the top end of Sethi Street. Huge Mughal gateways on either end lead into a large courtyard, over 200 metres square, that was once surrounded on all four sides by rooms for travellers. The site has been considered holy for more than 2,000 years. In the second century AD, it was a Buddhist shrine and monastery known as the Tower of the Buddha?s Bowl. Remains of a Hindu temple to Gorakhnath, a yogi sect, stand in the south-eastern corner of the courtyard, with a shrine to Nandi beside it.


    An ongoing archaeological dig in the north-eastern corner of Gor Khatri has established that Peshawar is one of the earliest living cities in this part of Asia, inhabited continuously from the 4-6th century BC, when it was a province of the Persian Achaemenian Empire. From then onwards it was ruled in turn by the Mauryans, Greeks, Scythians, Kushans, Sasanians, White Huns, Hindu Shahis, Ghaznavids, Ghorids, Suri Afghans, Mughals, Durrani Afghans, Sikhs, and the British, before becoming Pakistan in 1947.
    A motorbike tour of the Walled City Peshawar -1683753 (The Western Gateway of the ancient site of Gor Khatri)

    Sethi Street continues up the hill to the Mughal caravanserai (Gor Khatri). Most of the old interconnected houses here belong to the Sethi family, one of the oldest merchant families in Peshawar. They once had offices in Czarist Russia and Shanghai; they imported silks and china and exported cloth, indigo and tea. The tall houses with wooden balconies have intricately carved wooden doors leading into spacious courtyards. Cool cellars, 15 metres deep, provide a retreat from the heat in summer. Victorian glass chandeliers evoke 19th-century opulence. Hidden inside these houses, covering their ceilings and walls like a mantle, is decorative woodwork of exquisite quality. Through a galaxy of pre-Islamic, Moghul, Sikh and even British motifs, much of Peshawar?s rich and varied cultural history can be traced.
    A motorbike tour of the Walled City Peshawar -1683754 (Inside the Sethi Mohallah)

    A motorbike tour of the Walled City Peshawar -1683755 (Carved doorway in Peshawar's Mohallah Sethian)

    A motorbike tour of the Walled City Peshawar -1683757A motorbike tour of the Walled City Peshawar -1683758

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    (Ali Jan is a travel writer and can be reached on alijan98 @ gmail . com)


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    Taken from TCKP's Peshawar Booklet by Isobel Shaw and Ali Jan

    Inazuma GW250 (Black)
    "Creamy smooth ride, excellent control and balance for both intracity sight-seeing and long journeys"
    bhai ye be bata dy k anazuma per litter main ketna jata hai

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    @tashfen143 I've owned other bikes. In comparison it is surprisingly quite economical because despite its bulky look it is just 250cc with a dual cylinder/ exhaust. It is brand new. Plus, the Suzuki Fuel Injection system cuts the fuel costs considerably.
    On Long Drives: (Since it is under the 1600km mark and still under running i.e. engine is in the breaking in process) I avoid unecessary revs and have ridden it a couple of times between Peshawar and Islamabad. It gives me 35-40 Km per litre on long routes with alternating RMP but always keeping less than 5K
    Within the City and real hard riding: it averages 25-30km per litre

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