Here are some pictures of Peshawar that you may have never seen before. Starting from the 1800’s to the 2000’s.
1. Peshawar Bazaar – 1865
2. A market in Peshawar, photo taken between 1860s to 1880s
3. Peshawar Fort – 1878. GT (Grand Trunk) Road is in the foreground.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. Pakhtun men with governor and deputy governor, outside Governor’s Compound, Peshawar, 1880
7. The tent of an officer with servants and horses at Peshawar, 1883
8. Principal Street of Peshawar, 1886
9. Afridi soldiers from Khyber Pass, 1887
10. Kuki Khels native regiment, Peshawar, 1880s
11. Jamrud Fort, at the entrance of Khyber Pass, 1880s
12. The Elephants Battery in Peshawar, 1880s
13. North entrance gate of Peshawar City, 1880s
14. Peshawar Zoo – 1890
15. A caravan arrived in Peshawar from Kabul – 1905
16. The Duchess of Connaught Hospital, Peshawar, 1906
17. Kissa (Qissa) Khawani Bazar, Peshawar – 1910
18. Saddar Bazaar Peshawar, 1910s
19. British Infantry Lines Peshawar, 1910s
20. Edwards Gate, Peshawar – 1920
21. Caravan Serai, Peshawar, 1920
22. Peshawar Zoological Gardens, 1920s
23. 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.
24. Royal Air Force fighter planes at Peshawar Airport, 1925
25. A sikh cloth merchant in Peshawar Bazaar, 1928
26. British India and Afghanistan Border, 1934
27. Saddar Bazaar Peshawar, 1940s
28. Peshawar Bus Terminal 1959
29. A ‘Gun Inspector’ at Dera Adam Khel, 1963.
A ‘Gun Inspector’ is checking the quality control outside a Gun Factory in Dara Adam Khel. Photo by Bill Spence.
30. A gun factory in Dera Adam Khel – 1963.
John Sheffer of United State Army Security Agency is seen in the photo.
31. A Street in Dera Adam Khel – 1963.
32. Tribesmen sitting outside a shop in Landhi Kotal – 1963.
33. Photo of Khyber Pass – 1963.
34. Khyber Pass – 1963.
35. An aerial view of Peshawar in 1963.
36. A snake-charmer at Badaber Station – 1963.
Employees of the United States Army Security Agency and their families enjoying the performance of a snake-charmer at Badaber Station in 1963. Photo by Bill Spence.
37. Barracks at Badaber Station – 1963.
38. Metro Cinema, Peshawar – 1963.
Showing “Deewana”, starring Sabiha, Ejaz, Deeba and Habib.
39. “Picture House” Cinema -1963.
40. Chowk Yadgar, Peshawar – 1963.
The monument is not visible in the photo. Its boundary fence can be seen.
41. St John’s Cathedral, Peshawar
42. 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.
43. Chowk Yadgar: Current Structure
In the early 1990s, the horse-shoe style white marble monument was replaced with another dome shaped structure.
44. 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.
45. Hastings Memorial (now Chowk Yadgar) after Independence of Pakistan
46. Virsa Cafe (Cafe de Viento), near Hayatabad, Peshawar
47. Government School, Peshawar
48. Edwards College, Peshawar
49. University of Peshawar – 1963.
50. Islamia College, Peshawar
51. An old photo of Islamia College
52. 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.
53. Sunehri Masjid (Golden Mosque), Peshawar.
Photo by Khalid Mahmood.
54. Peshawar Museum.
55. First power house of Peshawar
56. Western Gateway of the Gorkhatri Caravan Serai, Peshawar.
Old Tehsil office gate.
57. Peshawar Gift House – 1963.
58. Lansdowne Theatre, Peshawar.
The majestic building of Lansdowne Theatre was demolished in February 2007. Photo by Environmentalist.
59. A 19th century palace on Arbab Road, Peshawar.
It belonged to a young orphaned Sikh.
60. Kawatra Building, Arbab Road, Saddar, Peshawar – 1963.
61. Qila Balahisar, Peshawar in 1967
62. Balahisar Fort, Peshawar
63. Another Photo of Dean’s Hotel- 1963.
Foreigners (Jan Kiviniemi and Juhn Hartberg of the United States Army Security Agency) bargaining with a rickshaw driver.
64. Historic Dean’s Hotel, Peshawar – 1963.
65. A very old poster of Dean’s Hotel Peshawar
This undated poster was published in Bombay.
66. 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.
67. 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.
All images were taken from here.