Photos of Nowshera

Nowshera (known locally as Nowkhaar or Nowshaar) is a district in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistan. The city of Nowshera is the capital of the district. Nowshera city is  located 27 miles east of Peshawar. The district was part of the Peshawar Division until the administrative reforms of  2000 by the Government of Pakistan. The district is administratively divided into two tehsils (subdivisions); Nowshera and Pabbi. The famous Grand Trunk Road (GT Road) runs through the district. Nowshera cantonment is located on the  bank of Kabul River. The Grand Trunk Road (G.T. Road) passes right through the cantonment. The city still has post Aglo- Sikh wars barracks built in 1852-60. However, lately the old trees which bordered the GT Road in the Cantt area have been felled to widen the road and old British Raj time bungalows have been pulled down and replaced by much smaller Bhawani and Economy type class bungalows. Akora Khattak, Nowshera is the birthplace of the Pashtun warrior and poet Khushal Khan Khattak. Brirf History: The district was a part of Afghanistan as Nowkhaar Province till it was annexed into British India via the Durand Line Agreement. During British rule, Nowshera was a town and cantonment as well as tehsil of the Peshawar District (later Peshawar Division).

Railway Bridgeon Kabul River near Nowshera on Nowshera-Mardan Section. This bridge is on on Nowshera-Mardan Section of railway line.

Nowshera Photos - Image of railway bridge on Kabul River near Nowshera

Taj Building at GT Road, Nowshera. 

Taj Building was constructed in 1920s by Khan Bahadur Taj Mohammad Khan of Badrashi village, Nowshera. He was a famous colonial-era contractor and landlord.

Nowshera Photos - Image of Taj Building at Grand Trunk Road, Nowshera

Boat Bridge over Kabul River, Nowshera, 1970This bridge is no more there, it was washed away in floods.

Nowshera Photos - Image of Boat Bridge over Kabul River, Nowshera, 1970

Another Photo of Boat Bridge over Kabul River near Nowshera, 1960s

Nowshera Photos - Image of Boat Bridge over River Kabul near  Nowshera, 1960s

Entrance Gate of Bagh-e-Jinnah, Nowshera Cantonment. Photo by .

Pictures of Nowshera, KPK Province; Photo of Entrance gate of Bagh-e-Jinnah, Nowshera Cantonment - Images of Nowshera

Armoured Officers Mess, Nowshera Cantonment. Photo by .

Pictures of Nowshera, KPK Province; Photo of Armoured Officers Mess, Nowshera Cantonment - Images, photos of Nowshera

Mazar (tomb) of Khushal Khan Khattak, Akora Khattak, Nowshera. It is located near the Railway Station of Akora Khattak in the Nowshera district.

Nowshera Photos - Image of Mazar (tomb) of Khushal Khan Khattak, Akora Khattak, Nowshera

Khushal Khan Khattak Memorial Library, Akhora Khattak, Nowshera. Photo by by .

Pictures of Nowshera, KPK Province; Photo of Khushal Khan Khattak Memorial Library, Akhora Khattak, Nowshera - Images, photos of Nowshera

A Trolley crossing Kabul River near Akhora Khattak, Nowshera  

Nowshera Photos - Image of Trolley crossing Kabul River near Akhora Khattak, Nowshera

Pakistan Air Force Academy Risalpur, District Nowshera   

Nowshera Photos - Image of Pakistan Air Force Academy Risalpur, District Nowshera

Locomotive Factory Risalpur, Nowshera District 

Nowshera Photos - Image of Locomotive Factory Risalpur, Nowshera district

A Barrack of 9 Field Regiment, Royal Artillery, at Nowshera, 1946

 Old image of a Barrack of 9 Field Regiment Royal Artillery at Nowshera, 1946

Old photo of Officers Club Nowshera 

 Nowshera Pictures - Old photo of Officers Club Nowshera

Khartoum Barracks in Nowshera Cantonment, 1920s – 30sThese barracks still exist in Khartoum Lines.

 Nowshera Pictures - Khartoum Barracks in Nowshera Cantonment 1920s - 30s - Old Photos of Nowshera

Old photo of Cherat Hills, Nowshera, 1910s  

Nowshera Photos - Rare Old image of Cherat Hills, Nowshera, 1910s

Rare Photo of Military Hospital Nowshera, 1888. It was the largest and last major hospital during the 2nd Afghan War (1878-80).

 Nowshera Photos - Rare Old image of Military Hospital Nowshera, 1888

British Infantry Lines, Nowshera – 1872. Photo by Major Hilbert, Peshawar Elephant Gun Battery.

Old and rare Pictures of Nowshera; A Very Rare Photo of British Infantry Lines Nowshera in 1872 - Old and rare Photos of Nowshera, Rare Images of Nowshera


  1. Syed Ali Hamid says:

    I want the source of the pic of the Regimental Institute at Nowshera to get permission to publish it in my book on the History of the Pakistan Armoured Corps. Do you know where it was obtained from? Thanks.

  2. Waqas jamal says:

    Very interesting article…

  3. Tanzeela Shamsher says:

    Very knowledgeble Post.

  4. Col (R) Shah Alam says:

    First many thanks to the Editor for creating a post on Nowshera. Now for me to stumble upon a blog on my native town and walking away without recording a note of my memories and appreciation would be disrespectful.

    Oh! My dear Nowshera. How much I miss you!

    The town of Nowshera is divided in to two localities naturally delineated by River Kabul running between them. The area North of the river is referred to as Par Nowshera or Nowshera Kalan while the area South as Nowshera Cantt (Cantonment). It’s the Nowshera Cantt where I lived during my childhood years: my memories thence relate in context to those early years of my life – the mid 1950s to 1960s.

    Nowshera then wasn’t host to many recreation spots or places of historical significance but the few that it had have adequately been covered by the photographs in this blog. The Cantt area was laid out well architecturally with all its streets and lanes drawn geometrically at right angles. The one iconic building that stood out was the Taj Building (as shown in one of the photos): it housed two cinemas, one gas station, two photographer shops and the Post Office. With many road-side-hotels on the opposite side of the building (across the GT Road) blaring songs on the gramophones at high volumes and bright lights, this area provided for the open space for stroll till late evening hours.

    Back in the 1950s its shopping centre consisted of the main bazaar which though small was large enough to accommodate the needs of the Army and Air force troops stationed in Nowshera and Risalpur. In addition it also served as the shopping hub for the small suburban communities of Amangarh, Pir Sabaq, Hakimabad, Badrashi, Manki Sharif and Ziarat Kaka Sahib.

    When it comes to landscape, I am not aware of another city of this size offering such an expansive mix of landscape – a river, undulating land, ample greenery yet pockets of desert and even some mountainous area as one traveled further south towards Ziarat Kaka Sahib. Come to think of it as a package deal offering an extraordinary mix of landscape within four square miles.

    The Cantt area was populated by simple, affable and hospitable people. Though the population of the Cantt area residents was dominated by the non-Pashto-speaking, the influence of Pathan culture prevailed. Indeed one had no difficulty communicating in Urdu or Punjabi but Pashto provided for better discretion and recognition. So it wasn’t long before I and my siblings easily settled down acquiring another language skill – the Pashto.

    The schooling then was only limited to the Government provided primary, middle and high schools. The two high schools were located very picturesquely on the banks of River Kabul. Later in the 1960s the Army Public School was commissioned providing for better education. Some of the residents also sent their children to Risalpur Convent School but it not only involved more expense but also arranging for a daily commute. I was put through the local schools first but my father soon admitted me to a more attractive option of the Cadet College at Hasan Abdal.

    It may be relevant to mention here that I wasn’t born in Nowshera nor were my parents. How and why we landed there? The answer is simple serendipity. As a military contractor my father had businesses at the PAF Academy Risalpur and OTS Kohat, and it suited him administratively to manage both by locating himself in this small town. So the family lived there for as long as it was necessary but didn’t hesitate moving on as the children grew and prospected for better opportunities else where. Ironically over time the entire family has left the town losing that association as is customary with one’s home town. Yet there is one eternal bond that still ties our family to that small town: it’s the bond of lineage. My parents are buried in Nowshera (may Allah bless their souls): hence for so long as I live I’ll continue to visit my native town whenever I can.

  5. Rehman Khattak says:

    Very interesting.

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