|Combo meal at McDonalds||$5.07|
|Imported beer at restaurant||$5.07|
|1 Pair of Nike shoes||$43.95|
|One-way ticket (local transport)||$0.15|
|Utilities (Electricity, Heating, ...) for medium apartment||$89.59|
|Mid range bottle of wine||$7.10|
Pakistan has a very interesting culture, thanks to the different influences it acquired from its neighboring countries like India and Afghanistan. The British has given the Pakistani culture a distinct flavor as well. One of the cities which embody all those essences is Peshawar. This top tourist destination has its own international airport, only 25 minutes away from the center of the city. Cheap flights to Peshawar are therefore, quite easy to find.
The Old City Center of Peshawar is a must-see. One will find bazaars like the Quissa Khwani and Bazar-e-Kalan. These are great places to shop, especially for those looking for local products like fabrics, carpets and other handicrafts. It is also an amazing place to eat their traditional Halal food. Bala Hisar Fort, which literally means high fort, is possibly the most historic place in Peshawar. The Chinese pilgrim Hiuen Tsang passed through this area and called it a royal residence. Islamia College is another remarkable spot with its beautiful architecture and picturesque gardens. Ghanta Ghar (Clock Tower Square) features a clock given by Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom to the people of Peshawar. One should go to the Peshawar Museum to see artifacts which have Moslem, Hindi, Sikh, Buddhist and British Raj influences.
History lovers should know that there is an ongoing excavation in Peshawar, specifically in Gorkhatri. Experts believe that here lies the oldest living city in South Asia. Nature lovers, on the other hand, will love the hiking tours to the mountains of this region. These are offered by some hotels in Peshawar like the Greens Hotel, Pearl Continental and Peshawar Cantt. For jewelry hunters, the Shah Qabool Gems Street is a great place to go to. If one just wants to walk or jog around, the newly developed park that is Ghani Bagh is a great place.
One can go to Peshawar by rail (from Karachi) or by bus (from Islamabad). Of course, with an airport in town which services airlines like Air Arabia, Qatar Airways, Etihad and Emirates, why go all the trouble of land travel? Cheap flights to Peshawar from local cities like Islamabad and Lahore are available. You will even find international flights from Muscat, Jeddah, Bahrain and so many other Middle Eastern countries.