Editor’s Note: Rare black & white photos of Peshawar dating back to 1860s are in the last portion of this page.
Khyber Train Safari. The Khyber train safari was a tourist train which ran between Peshawar and Landi Kotal through Khyber Pass in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province. The Train has been closed in 2006 due to washed away of railway track and bridges by flood. In this photo, the train is about to depart from Shahgai railway station and descend out of the Khyber Pass back to Jamrud, near Peshawar. The local tribesmen are asserting their right to free travel on the trains, a condition of the railway being built through their land.
Dean’s Hotel, Peshawar – 1946. Dean’s Hotel was constructed in 1913. It was built on 7.21 acres and was one of the most famous hotels in undivided India. Among its distinguished guests were Rudyard Kipling, Sir Winston Churchill, Quaid-e-Azam, and King Nadir Shah of Afghanistan (in 1929). The hotel was demolished a few years back and a plaza was constructed in its place.
A Very Old Poster of Dean’s Hotel Peshawar. This undated poster was published in Bombay.
Historic Dean’s Hotel, Peshawar – 1963. Photo taken by Bill Spence.
Another Photo of Dean’s Hotel- 1963. Foreigners (Jan Kiviniemi and Juhn Hartberg of United States Army Security Agency) bargaining with rickshaw driver. Photo by Bill Spence.rickshaw driver. Photo by Bill Spence.
Balahisar Fort, Peshawar
Qila Balahisar, Peshawar in 1967
Beautiful Peshawar in 1967. These photos have been taken in 1967-68 by an employee of US Air Force Security Service posted at Peshawar Base. It is the same Base from where ill-fated U-2 Mission was flown into Soviet Territory in 1960.
Sights & Sounds of Peshawar
Kawatra Building, Arbab Road, Saddar, Peshawar – 1963. Photo by Bill Spence.
A 19th century Palace, Arbab Road, Peshawar. It belonged to a young orphaned Sikh. Photo by Environmentalist.
Lansdowne Theatre, Peshawar. The majestic building of Lansdowne Theatre was demolished in February 2007. Photo by Environmentalist.
Peshawar Gift House – 1963. Photo by Bill Spence.
Western Gateway of the Gorkhatri Caravan Serai, Peshawar. Old Tehsil office Gate. Photo by Willard 84.
First Power House of Peshawar
Peshawar Museum. Photo by Khalid Mahmood.
Sunehri Masjid (Golden Mosque), Peshawar. Photo by Khalid Mahmood.
Mohabbat Khan Mosque, Peshawar. The Mohabbat Khan Mosque, named after the Mughal governor of Peshawar Nawab Mohabbat Khan who served under Emperors Shah Jehan and Aurangzeb and who was the grandson of Nawab Dadan Khan (who had been governor of Lahore), was built in 1630.
An Old Photo of Islamia College
Islamia College, Peshawar
University of Peshawar – 1963. Photo by Bill Spence.
Edwards College, Peshawar
Government School, Peshawar
Virsa Cafe (Cafe de Viento), near Hayatabad, Peshawar
Hastings Memorial/Chowk Yadgaar. Colonel Hastings Memorial (built around 1884-92 in remembrance of the first British Commissioner of Peshawar, Lieutenant Colonel Edward George Godolphin Hastings) was the old name for “Chowk Yadgaar”. Original Chowk Yadgaar visible in this photo was demolished and horse shoe shaped Chowk Yadgaar was built. Later on that too was demolished and present day ugly junk of concrete was built at its place.
Hastings Memorial (Now Chowk Yadgar) after Independence of Pakistan
Chowk Yadgar: Horse Shoe Style White Marble Monument. In 1969, the original Hastings Monument was demolished and a new horse shoe style monument of white marble was built to commemorate the shuhadas of the 1965 Indo-Pakistan War.
Chowk Yadgar: Current Structure. In the early 1990s the horse shoe style white marble monument was replaced with another dome shaped structure.
St. John’s Cathedral, Peshawar
Chowk Yadgar, Peshawar – 1963. The Monument is not visible in the photo. Its boundary fence can be seen. Photo by Bill Spence.
“Picture House” Cinema -1963. Photo by Bill Spence.
Metro Cinema, Peshawar – 1963. Showing “Deewana”, starring Sabiha, Ejaz, Deeba and Habib. Photo by Bill Spence.
Barracks at Badaber Station – 1963. Photo by Bill Spence.
A Snake Charmer at Badaber Station – 1963. Employees of United States Army Security Agency and their families enjoying the performance of a snake charmer at Badaber Station in 1963. Photo by Bill Spence.
An Aerial View of Peshawar in 1963. Photo by Bill Spence.
Khyber Pass – 1963. Photo by Bill Spence.
Another Photo of khyber Pass – 1963. Photo by Bill Spence.
Tribesmen Sitting Outside a Shop in Landi Kotal – 1963. Photo by Bill Spence.
A Street in Dara Adam Khel – 1963. Photo by Bill Spence.
A Gun Factory in Dara Adam Khel – 1963. Photo by Bill Spence. John Sheffer of United State Army Security Agency is seen in the photo.
A ‘Gun Inspector’ at Dara Adam Khel, 1963. A ‘Gun Inspector’ is checking the quality control outside a Gun Factory in Dara Adam Khel. Photo by Bill Spence.
Peshawar Bus Terminal 1959
Saddar Bazaar Peshawar, 1940s
British India and Afghanistan Border, 1934
A Sikh Cloth Merchant in Peshawar Bazaar, 1928
Royal Air Force Fighter Planes at Peshawar Airport, 1925
Ghanta Ghar (Cunningham Clock Tower), Peshawar. It was built in 1900 in commemoration of the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria. The clock tower was named the Cunningham Clock Tower after Sir George Cunningham, former British governor and political agent in the province.
Peshawar Zoological Gardens, 1920s
Caravan Serai, Peshawar, 1920
Edwards Gate, Peshawar – 1920
British Infantry Lines Peshawar, 1910s
Saddar Bazaar Peshawar, 1910s
Kissa (Qissa) Khawani Bazar, Peshawar – 1910
The Duchess of Connaught Hospital, Peshawar, 1906
A Caravan Arrived in Peshawar from Kabul – 1905
Peshawar Zoo – 1890
North Entrance Gate of Peshawar City, 1880s
The Elephants Battery in Peshawar, 1880s
Jamrud Fort, at the Entrance of Khyber Pass, 1880s
Kuki Khels Native Regiment, Peshawar, 1880s
Afridi Soldiers from Khyber Pass, 1887
Principal Street of Peshawar, 1886
The Tent of an Officer with Servants and Horses at Peshawar, 1883
Pashtun Men with Governor and Deputy Governor, Outside Governor’s Compound, Peshawar, 1880
View of Peshawar and St. John’s Church, 1878. Photograph of Peshawar, with a view across the cantonment towards St. John’s Church and the distant mountains of the Khyber Pass, taken in 1878 by John Burke.
Khyber Chiefs with a British Political Officer at Jamrud Fort, 1878. Extremely rare Photos of Khyber Chiefs with a British Political Officer, Captain Tucker, at Jamrud Fort, at the mouth of Khyber Pass
Peshawar Fort – 1878. GT (Grand Trunk) Road is in the foreground.
A Market in Peshawar, Photo taken between 1860s to 1880s
Peshawar Bazar – 1865
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