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Peshawar by crewmeal on 23 March 2005 12:03am
I have been following in Michael's footsteps. I stayed in Peshawar over Christmas and had a fantastic time. I was invited to Afghan weddings, to take tea at every opportunity with many people. Mouched through the bookshops in Sadar bizarre. I was even asked to a cockfight in a village!

I arranged a trip on the Khyber railway for Boxing day but it was cancelled at the last minute due to security reasons. I somewhat think it was due to lack of support. But never one to give up I arranged a road trip and used Mr Zahoor as my agent and he took me to the foothills of the Khyber. A truly memorable experience!!

I also visited 'Dental Street' and watched the locals making false teeth and even saw a sheep being fitted with special nashers!!

The Afghan market was an experience as I was 'whipped' by a type of traffic warden who insisted I move on and not chat to the locals blocking the street!!

Sadly I couldn't get on too well with the food and 18 imodium later...... say no more. I was so glad to buy a tin of baked beans in a supermarket.

I have even made a DVD 'Peshawar - the movie' I took my trusty camcorder along and spent a long night editing the tapes. All worth while and I look forward to my next trip there this year.

Re: Peshawar by jim on 24 March 2005 7:51pm
sounds like you had a great time Chris.After seeing that area on Hymalaya I also want to go. I've been to India 3 times so I know what an amazing part of the world that area is,although I've not yet been to Pakistan. I seem to have been luckier than you by not suffering from 'Delhi Belly'.
Re: Peshawar by abskii on 24 March 2005 8:07pm
jim> i spent 10 days with a pakistani family last year and had a great time - go for it. and the key to endearing yourself with most people is to demonstrate that you've tried to learn a few phrases - and ask their help with them! :)

crewmeal> did you travel alone or with other people?? I really want to tour pakistan or india for a couple of weeks (can't afford the type of trip that i want, so have to compromise!!) and need advice on it. please reply.... this country is driving me mad........
Re: Peshawar by crewmeal on 25 March 2005 10:54pm
I flew directly from Birmingham with PIA and based myself at the Shiraz hotel in Peshawar for 3 weeks. Its a great hotel which cater for weddings (hence the invites) with really friendly staff who stop at nothing to make your stay comfortable. I paid around £11 a night inc breakfast. To tour around the area I hired a car from a firm in Sadah for @ £20 a day with no deposit or driver. If you can stand the roads then its no problem. I was with a friend of mine who showed me around and even took me to meet his family in a village 3 hours from Peshawar.

Remember if you want to go to the Khyber pass you will need a permit and a reliable tour guide plus a guard to look after you.

I used the low cost airlines to travel around Pakistan(Air Blue is the best) and have stayed in Lahore, Pindi, Multan & Kharachi last summer.

If you need any further info let me know


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