The amazing Pakistani city of Peshawar is known for its traditional Pashtun hospitality. Guests are treated with reverence and respect and this spirit is found everywhere whether you stay in a five star hotel or in a low priced one. The high end hotel in Peshawar is the Pearl Continental Hotel and is obviously expensive.
Other places where you can experience the awesome Pashtun hospitality are Khan Club Hotel, Green’s Hotel, Rose Hotel, Emaraat Hotel, Hotel Grand Peshawar and Tourist Inn Motel. Hidayat Hotel is a budget Hotel but the service and general ambience is excellent.
Other budget hotels are Hotel Spogamy and Khani’s Hotel Peshawar are reasonable other budget hotels. A number of decent bed and breakfast and inns are also available in Peshawar with Shiraz Inn being the most recommended.
The old city of Peshawar has retained its charm and feel of old times. The narrow lanes of Kissa Khawani Bazar bring up images of travelers sitting around the fire and telling kissas (tales) of travels.
The Bazar-e-Kalan, Ghanta Ghar (clock tower), Chowk Yadgar, Tehsil Gorghatri are some interesting places in the old city that you must visit. You must also visit the Sunehri Masjid and Masjid Mahabat Khan. Masjid Mahabat Khan is worth the visit as it is one of the best examples of Mughal architecture.
The main attractions of Peshawar however remain the Bala Hisar Fort and the Khyber Pass. Bala Hisar Fort was built in the 16th century and has seen the rise and fall of the Mughals, Sikhs and the British. It is a heavily guarded place.
Bab-e-Khyber is the imposing gateway to Khyber Pass. Khyber Pass is situated 20 km from Peshawar and is the passage through which invaders, travellers and traders entered South Asia. Jamrud Fort and Kohat Pass are other historical places located outside Peshawar city.
If you want to go shopping in a fancy area, then Hayatabad is the place for you. Otherwise best shopping (both items and price wise) can be done at Saddar Bazar, Khyber Bazar, Namak Mandi and Bazar Shah Qabool Olia.