Photos of Peshawar

Editor’s Note: Rare black & white photos of Peshawar dating back to 1860s are in the last portion of this page.

Khyber Train SafariThe 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.

Khyber Train Safari at Shahgai Railway Station

Dean’s Hotel, Peshawar – 1946Dean’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.

Black and white photo of Dean's Hotel, Peshawar - 1946, old and rare photos of Peshawar

A Very Old Poster of Dean’s Hotel PeshawarThis undated poster was published in Bombay.

Peshawar Photos - Rare Old poster of Dean's Hotel Peshawar

Historic Dean’s Hotel, Peshawar – 1963. Photo taken by Bill Spence.

Old Pics of Peshawar- Historic Dean's Hotel, Peshawar-1963

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.

Old Pics of Peshawar- Outside Dean's Hotel, Peshawar

Balahisar Fort, Peshawar

Peshawar Photos - Image of Balahisar Fort Peshawar

Qila Balahisar, Peshawar in 1967

Photos of Peshawar: Photo of 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.

Peshawar City-2012

Sights & Sounds of Peshawar

Kawatra Building, Arbab Road, Saddar, Peshawar – 1963. Photo by Bill Spence.

Old Pics of Peshawar - Kawatra Building, Arbab Road, Saddar, Peshawar - 1963

A 19th century Palace, Arbab Road, Peshawar. It belonged to a young orphaned Sikh. Photo by Environmentalist.

Pictures of Peshawar; A 19th century Palace, Arbab Road, Peshawar - Photos of Peshawar, Images of Peshawar

Lansdowne Theatre, Peshawar. The majestic building of Lansdowne Theatre was demolished in February 2007. Photo by Environmentalist.

Pictures of Peshawar; Lansdowne Theatre, Peshawar - Photos of Peshawar, Images of Peshawar

Peshawar Gift House – 1963. Photo by Bill Spence.

Old Pics of Peshawar - Peshawar Gift House - 1963

Western Gateway of the Gorkhatri Caravan Serai, Peshawar. Old Tehsil office Gate. Photo by Willard 84.

Photos of Peshawar; Western Gateway of the Gorkhatri Caravan Serai, Peshawar

First Power House of Peshawar 

Pictures of Peshawar; Photo of first Power House of Peshawar - Photos, Images of Peshawar

Peshawar Museum. Photo by Khalid Mahmood.

Photos of Peshawar; Peshawar Museum

Sunehri Masjid (Golden Mosque), Peshawar. Photo by Khalid Mahmood.

Photos of Peshawar; Sunehri Masjid (Golden Mosque) Peshawar

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.

Photos of Peshawar; Mohabbat Khan Mosque, Peshawar

An Old Photo of Islamia College

An old photo of Islamia College, Peshawar - old and rare photos of Peshawar

Islamia College, Peshawar

Pic of Islamia College, Peshawar

University of Peshawar – 1963. Photo by Bill Spence.

Old Pics of Peshawar - University of Peshawar, Old Photos of Peshawar

Edwards College, Peshawar

Pictures of Peshawar; Photo of Edwards College, Peshawar - Photos, Images of Peshawar

Government School, Peshawar 

Pictures of Peshawar; Photo of Government School, Peshawar - Photos, Images of Peshawar

Virsa Cafe (Cafe de Viento), near Hayatabad, 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.

Photo of Hastings Memorial (now Chowk Yadgaar) Peshawar - Old and rare photos of Peshawar

Hastings Memorial (Now Chowk Yadgar) after Independence of Pakistan

Hastings Memorial (now Chowk Yadgaar) Peshawar. after Independence of Pakistan - Old photos of Peshawar

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.

Photo of Chowk Yadgar, Horse Shoe Style White Marble Arched Structure Built in 1969

Chowk Yadgar: Current Structure. In the early 1990s the horse shoe style white marble monument was replaced with another dome shaped structure.

Photo of Chowk Yadgar Monument, Peshawar - Current Structure Built in early 1990s

St. John’s Cathedral, Peshawar

Peshawar Pictures: Saint John's Cathedral, Peshawar - Images, Photos of Peshawar

Chowk Yadgar, Peshawar – 1963. The Monument is not visible in the photo. Its boundary fence can be seen. Photo by Bill Spence.

Old Pics of Peshawar - Chowk Yadgar, Peshawar - Old Photos of Peshawar

“Picture House” Cinema -1963. Photo by Bill Spence.

Old pics of Peshawar - Picture House Cinema, Peshawar - 1963

Metro Cinema, Peshawar – 1963. Showing “Deewana”, starring Sabiha, Ejaz, Deeba and Habib. Photo by Bill Spence.

Old Pics of Peshawar - Metro Cinema, Peshawar - 1963

Barracks at Badaber Station – 1963. Photo by Bill Spence.

Old Pics of Peshawar - Barracks at Badaber Station, Old Photos of Peshawar

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.

Old Pics of Peshawar - A snake charmer at Badaber Station - Old Photos of Peshawar

An Aerial View of Peshawar in 1963. Photo by Bill Spence.

Old Pics of Peshawar - An aerial view of Peshawar in 1963

Khyber Pass – 1963. Photo by Bill Spence.

Old Pics of Peshawar - Khyber Pass - Old Photos of Peshawar

Another Photo of khyber Pass – 1963. Photo by Bill Spence.

Old Photos of Peshawar - Khyber Pass, Old Pics of Peshawar

Tribesmen Sitting Outside a Shop in Landi Kotal – 1963. Photo by Bill Spence.

Old Pics of Peshawar - Landi Kotal - Old Photos of Peshawar

A Street in Dara Adam Khel – 1963Photo by Bill Spence.

Old Pics of Peshawar - A street in Dara Adam Khel - Old Photos of Peshawar

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.

Old Pics of Peshawar - A Gun Factory in Dara adam Khel - Old Photos of Peshawar

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.

Old Pics of Peshawar - A 'Gun Inspector' in Dara Adam Khel, Old Photos of Peshawa

Peshawar Bus Terminal 1959

Peshawar Pictures: Peshawar Bus Terminal 1959 - Images, Photos of Peshawar

Saddar Bazaar Peshawar, 1940s

Peshawar Photos - Old image of Saddar Bazaar Peshawar, 1940s

British India and Afghanistan Border, 1934 

Pictures of Peshawar;  British India and Afghanistan border, 1934 - Photos, Images of Peshawar

A Sikh Cloth Merchant in Peshawar Bazaar, 1928

Extremely rare Pictures of Peshawar: A Sikh Cloth Merchant in Peshawar Bazaar, 1928 - Old and rare Photos, Images of Peshawar

Royal Air Force Fighter Planes at Peshawar Airport, 1925

Extremely rare Pictures of Peshawar; Royal Air Force fighter planes at Peshawar Airport, 1925  - Old and rare Photos, Images of Peshawar

Ghanta Ghar (Cunningham Clock Tower), PeshawarIt 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.

Pic of Ghanta Ghar (Clock Tower), Peshawar - Old and rare photos of Peshawar

Peshawar Zoological Gardens, 1920s  

 Peshawar Photos - Rare Old image of Peshawar Zoological Gardens, 1920s

Caravan Serai, Peshawar, 1920

Old and rare Pictures of Peshawar; Caravan Serai, Peshawar, 1920 - Old and rare Photos of Peshawar, Rare Images of Peshawar

Edwards Gate, Peshawar – 1920

Photo of Edwards Gate, Peshawar - 1920, Old and rare photos of Peshawar

 British Infantry Lines Peshawar, 1910s

  Peshawar Photos - Rare Old image of British Infantry Lines Peshawar, 1910s

Saddar Bazaar Peshawar, 1910s

  Peshawar Photos - Rare Old image of Saddar Bazaar Peshawar, 1910s

Kissa (Qissa) Khawani Bazar, Peshawar – 1910

Photo of Kissa (Qissa) Khawani Bazar, Peshawar - 1910, Old and rare photos of Peshawa

The Duchess of Connaught Hospital, Peshawar, 1906 

The Duchess of Connaught Hospital, Peshawar, 1906 - Historical Old Pictures of Peshawar

A Caravan Arrived in Peshawar from Kabul – 1905

Photo of a caravan arrived in Peshawar from Kabul - 1905,  old and rare photos of Peshawar

Peshawar Zoo – 1890

Photo of Peshawar Zoo - 1890, Old and rare photos of Peshawar

North Entrance Gate of Peshawar City, 1880s

Extremely rare Pictures of Peshawar: North Entrance Gate of Peshawar City, 1880s - Old and rare Photos, Images of Peshawar

The Elephants Battery in Peshawar, 1880s 

Extremely rare Pictures of Peshawar: The Elephants Battery in Peshawar, 1880s - Old and rare Photos, Images of Peshawa

Jamrud Fort, at the Entrance of Khyber Pass, 1880s

Extremely rare Pictures of Peshawar: Jamrud Fort, at the entrance of Khyber Pass, 1880s - Old and rare Photos, Images of Peshawar

Kuki Khels Native Regiment, Peshawar, 1880s 

Extremely rare Pictures of Peshawar: Kuki Khels native Regiment, Peshawar, 1880s - Old and rare Photos, Images of Peshawar

Afridi Soldiers from Khyber Pass, 1887

Extremely rare Pictures of Peshawar: Afridi Soldiers from Khyber Pass, 1887 - Old and rare Photos, Images of Peshawar

Principal Street of Peshawar, 1886

Extremely rare Pictures of Peshawar: Principal Street of Peshawar, 1886 - Old and rare Photos, Images of Peshawar

The Tent of an Officer with Servants and Horses at Peshawar, 1883 

Extremely rare Pictures of Peshawar: The tent of an officer with servants and horses at Peshawar, 1883 - Old and rare Photos, Images of Peshawa

Pashtun Men with Governor and Deputy Governor, Outside Governor’s Compound, Peshawar, 1880

Extremely rare Pictures of Peshawar: Pashtun men with Governor and Deputy Governor, outside Governor's Compound, Peshawar, 1880 - Old and rare Photos, Images of Peshawar

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.

Peshawar Photos - Rare Old image of Peshawar and St. Johns Church, 1878

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

Extremely rare Pictures of Peshawar:  Khyber Chiefs with a British Political Officer at Jamrud Fort, 1878 - Old and rare Photos, Images of Peshawar.

Peshawar Fort – 1878. GT (Grand Trunk) Road is in the foreground.

Photo of Peshawar Fort - 1878, old and rare photos of Peshawar

A Market in Peshawar, Photo taken between 1860s to 1880s 

Extremely rare Pictures of Peshawar: A Market in Peshawar, Photo taken between 1860s to 1880s - Old and rare Photos, Images of Peshawa

Peshawar Bazar – 1865

Photo of Peshawar Bazar - 1865, old and rare photos of Peshawar

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Comments

  1. very very best pictures

  2. I was born in Peshawar and my maternal father was Harris Lawrence Phillips of Edwards College.
    I am looking for pictures of the old Peshawar Jail for some research work.

  3. Muhammad Asif says:

    Aik tareekhi shehr jis ka purana naam Persh pPra tha, phir Paishawar aur abb Peshawar bun gaya. Zama khug Pekhawar.

  4. Prem kumar says:

    beautifull Peshawar

  5. Peshawar kho Peshawar we kana.

  6. Noorzada says:

    Aaah… My beautiful Peshawar, I remember some places. Photos of some places which I saw in my childhood i.e Chowk Yadgar, etc. which still come in my dreams.

  7. Qazi Mohammad Asad says:

    It’s like time travel. The aura of the bygone era lingers but only in these spectacular pictures. Everything seems so well organised. Was a beautiful place worth living in compared to the chaotic concrete jungle it has become today. Wish Peshawar could be this beautiful again.

  8. Such an amazing collection of pictures…..it reminds me of a Golden age era…. beautiful Peshawar, part of my country.

  9. M Ali Gutza says:

    This is an absolutely amazing collection. The one of Qissa Khawani Bazar is my favorite. Thank you so much!

  10. Joan Meeks says:

    I lived in Peshawar 1937-1939 with my father’s regiment the 16/5th Queens Royal Lancers. I started school here when I was 4 or 5 yrs old. (I’m now 82)!! I have many wonderful black/white pictures of our life in India before the 2nd World War and before the separation. Just stumbled upon your site and found it absolutely wonderful and fascinating. Joan

    • Noor Khan says:

      Joan Meeks,
      It will be a wonderful addition to the collection of Old Peshawar and will be much appreciated. Please share these wonderful black/white pictures.

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