What to do and see in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Pakistan: The Best Places and Tips

July 30, 2017 Janean Rudisill

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (abbreviated as KP; Urdu: خیبر پختونخوا‬‎; Pashto: خیبر پښتونخوا‎) is one of the four administrative provinces of Pakistan, located in the northwestern region of the country along the international border with Afghanistan. It was previously known as the North-West Frontier Province (NWFP) until 2010, and is known colloquially by various other names. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is the third-largest province of Pakistan by the size of both population and economy, though it is geographically the smallest of four. It comprises 10.5% of Pakistan's economy, and is home to 11.9% of Pakistan's total population, with the majority of the province's inhabitants being Pashtuns, Hazarewal, Chitrali, and Kohistanis. The province is the site of the ancient kingdom Gandhara, including the ruins of its capital Pushkalavati near modern-day Charsadda. Originally a stronghold of Hinduism and Buddhism, the history of the region was characterized by frequent invasions under various Empires due to its geographical proximity to the Khyber Pass.
Restaurants in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province

1. Saif-ul-Muluk Lake

Saif-Ul-Muluk National Park, Naran, Pakistan
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4.5 based on 132 reviews

Saif-ul-Muluk Lake

Reviewed By Ranger_ofthe_North - Abbottabad, Pakistan

In good old days, Saif ul Muluk was a nice place to visit and to stay for some time. Now, we have spoiled this gem and have made it into a local bazaar.
Views are still stunning, if one gets a view.... mass tourism, coupled with cabins &shops have spoiled the serenity and the mystique of the place

2. Fort Bala Hisar

Peshawar, Pakistan
Excellent
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4.5 based on 42 reviews

Fort Bala Hisar

This 15-acre fort is probably about 2,500 years old.

Reviewed By Inam K

The BALA HISAR fort at Peshawar meaning higher Citadel is of historic importance and is constructed at high ground having a commanding view of the city and surrounds. its origin probably dating back more than 1500 years. today its used as head quarters of the frontier force.

3. Takht-i-Bahi

Mardan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa | 15 Km From Mardan City, Mardan, Pakistan
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5 based on 16 reviews

Takht-i-Bahi

The most complete Buddhist monastery in Pakistan founded in the 1st century.

Reviewed By asad i

Amazingly beautiful. Gabdhara civilization. One cant imagine whats there in a far off city of takh bhai. Its not fully explored. Enjot chapal kebabs from.takht bhai market and visit budhas palace and stopas up on the hills. I love the place. Visited many times.

4. Chitral Gol National Park

Chitral, Pakistan
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5 based on 12 reviews

Chitral Gol National Park

Reviewed By Khalil A

Chitral gol national park located over Chital just 1:5H from maintown.
The best moment to visit is when the moon is full and u just sit on a ridge facing lowe valley.
Its a place home to unique wild life .
Home to endangered species of the most beautiful cat....snow leopard
Common chukkor ,Pakistan national bird , red fox ,Tibetan wolf,lammergeyer
A PTDC motel is there but not funtional

5. Babusar Pass

Kaghan, Pakistan
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4.5 based on 14 reviews

Babusar Pass

Connects Kaghan Valley with Chilas via the Thak Nala

Reviewed By Kamal5372 - Islamabad, Pakistan

True to its reputation, Babusar Top/ Pass is the mountain pass over which the road from Kaghan/ Naran goes towards Chilas. The road is in excellent condition and the scenery all along the road is awesome. Once you reach the top, the views all around are magnificent. Some small stalls there sell snacks and tea etc.

6. Mukshpuri Top

Nathia Gali, Pakistan
Excellent
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4 based on 17 reviews

Mukshpuri Top

Reviewed By taimoorsalmanzahid - Lahore, Pakistan

The hike from lalazar to mukshpuri was amazing but tough. There is a zoo enroute to the peak housing native animals like leopards, snow leopards, black bears and goral but it only operates in summers. The views of the mountain are amazing and one feels in touch with nature. I would definitely go again

7. Islamic College University

Jamrod Road, Peshawar 25120, Pakistan +92 91 9222036
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4.5 based on 28 reviews

Islamic College University

Reviewed By Israr A

Islamia college is the oldest educational institute in Peshawar. The building is huge and historic. The Playgrounds, hostels and lawns are simply fascinating. This institute has contributed a lot to development of this region.

Nathia Gali, Pakistan +92 348 9221102
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4.5 based on 12 reviews

Miranjani

Reviewed By Saffia M

Had an amazing experience at the Alpine hotel and vacation homes. The location was absolutely amazing as were the rooms and the cottage itself in general. The owners/ managers- Mr. Ali and Mr. Azam were very hands on and were very accommodating and obliging and catered to our needs- (we went with a family of 20, people of all ages) and had a very pleasant stay! Our butlers Omar bhai and Shahid bhai were also very sweet, helpful and hardworking. However, with an improvement in heating, this place would be nothing less than perfect. But definitely the best choice to stay in Nathia!

9. Chitral Fort

Chitral Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pakistan, Chitral, Pakistan
Excellent
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4 based on 16 reviews

Chitral Fort

Reviewed By chitralimran - Islamabad Capital Territory, Pakistan

A great historical monument located in Chitral town just besides the royal mosque, famous for its 1895 siege of Chitral fort, but unfortunately not open for public.

10. Lalazar

21 km from Naran in Kaghan Valley, Kaghan, Pakistan
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4 based on 5 reviews

Lalazar

Reviewed By Kazi A - Orlando, Florida

This is a mountain Plateau at 11000 feet, it is about 25-30km(20-25 miles) from Naran on main Naran to Chilas/Babusar top road, U will see a small board pointing to a dirt jeep road on the right side coming from Naran, the climb is steep & very narrow bumpy dirt jeep track, takes about 45 minutes to reach Lalazar, Once on top the VIEWS are Amazing with cool mountain breeze, smell of pine & wild flowers, snow on the side & beautiful streams and water falls.
The Views are Breath taking, a true HEAVEN ON EARTH. You can clearly see Malika Parbat(Quuen of the Mountains) Peak, THE HIGHEST Peak in Kaghan Valley at nearly 17500 feet, from here.
Lalazar is a stepped Plateau. Locals plant Potatoes in Summer here in the steps. There is a small hotel selling fod/drinks. & toilet facility is also available but it is Eastern Toilet where you have to sit.
Water is Pure & drinkable here fresh from springs/streams.
A MUST VISIT NOT TO Be MISSED. Best time to go is from May to mid September. Closed during other months due to Snow.
You can hire jeeps from Naran town OR from Shogran, from Shogran it is about 5-6 hr drive depending on Road conditions & from Naran atleast a 2 hr drive depending on Road.

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