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Frontier Model School, Warsak Road, Peshawar

 

Peshawar Museum, formerly Victoria Memorial Hall, is situated between Deans Hotel and the Old city, about five minutes walk from Jail Bridge and the Railway station. The museum was built in 1905.

Its long hall, flanked by side galleries and with a raised platform at the end opposite the door, was the ballroom. The museum, open 8.30 am to 12.30 pm and 2.30 to 5 pm in summer, 9 am to 4 pm in winter, closed on Wednesday, has one of Pakistan's best collections of Gandhara art, and the pieces are well arranged and labeled. with sculptures illustrating the life. of the Buddha placed in chronological order. The fasting Buddha here is even more haunting than the one in Lahore Museum. The ethnological section, the Hall of Tribes, has wooden carvings from the Kalash people in Chitral. There is also a Muslim Gallery, displays Islamic treasure and also displays the tribal handicrafts. The Peshawar Club, on Sir Syed Road near The Mall, is the former cantonment club house. As in the past, its recruitment policy is still extremely exclusive, is reserved for members and their guests, but anyone can go in to look around and browse in the library. There is a reciprocal arrangement for temporary membership with the Rawalpindi, Quetta and Karachi clubs. The swimming pool is surrounded by large shade trees. The morning session reserved for women. A shamiana curtains off the ladies till noon, behind which swim women in purdah. Bells ring loudly just before noon to warn the ladies that they are about to be exposed.

 

The prime attraction in this region is the Khyber Pass, situated in the Sulaimans Hills which form the western barrier of Pakistan. Tourists need a permit and an armed escort from the Political Agent in Stadium Road to visit the Khyber Pass. Residents in Pakistan get their Khyber permits from the Home Secretary at the Civil Secretariat. The permits are free and delivered immediately. The hills dip down here, leaving a passage sometimes as broad as 1½ km. (1 mile) and sometimes as narrow as 16 meters (52 feet). The pass begins near Jamrud Fort 18 km. (11 miles) from Peshawar and extends beyond the Afghan border of Pakistan at Torkham 58 km. (36 miles) away. The road runs west

from the cantonment and through University Town, Hayatabad and Karkhano Bazaar, before and after which the fields on either side of the road are covered with refugee camps. After the camps are the compounds of Pathan tribesmen, their high mud walls furnished with turrets and gunslits, their entrances guarded by huge corrugated-iron gates.

 

24.1/2 km. (15 miles) away from Peshawar is the 228 meters (750 feet) long and 71 meters (235 feet) high Warsak Dam, built on the river Kabul in 1955-60. It has created a 42 km. (26 miles) long lake upstream of the dam, which is a favorite picnic spot. This multipurpose dam supplies water for irrigating Peshawar valley and generates 160,000 KW of electricity. You can hire a taxi for the trip.

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