PESHAWAR – GOR KHATRI & BALA HISSAR FORT

This week we take a look at two structures of enormous verifiable worth; one that can be found in the focal point of the city and the other which can give you an all encompassing perspective on Peshawar as well as the Valley as well.

Gor Khatri

Sethi Street closes at a Mughal passage which prompts Gor Khatri. In the seventh century AD Buddhist priests came to visit the place of worship and cloister called ‘Tower of Buddha Alms Bowl’, today anyway there is no hint of that. The following notice one can discover is in Emperor Babur’s records where he expresses that it is where Hindu jogis would seek journey. Anyway Emperor Shahjahan’s little girl ‘Jahan Ara Begum’ changed over it into an Inn for voyagers/shippers and called it Sarai Jahanabad. She likewise had a Jamai Mosque built and a Hammam nearby two wells.

At the point when the Sikhs started administering they devastated the mosque in 1823 and assembled the sanctuary of Goraknath (demonstrated as follows) which remains in the south. The state of the structure resembles a serai, encased on all sides, yet having two entryways for example one in the east and one in the west,

From that point onwards it filled in as a central station and the home of General Avitabile (who had been charged by Mahraja Ranjit Singh). In 1912 a fire station was worked instead of his living arrangement. Two noteworthy models of fire motors of the Merry Weather London Company (1919 and 1921) still remain there (one can be found in the image beneath). At the point when the British came they changed over it into the control focus of the region police. Indeed, even till after Independence it filled a similar need.

A great deal of archeological work has occurred here, during the mid 90s and afterward in first decade of the 21st century which is the manner by which is has been built up that Peshawar is probably the most seasoned city on the planet.

The City Museum has been built on the southeastern side (where initially a fabulous house stood called ‘Serai-du-dar’ and it is accepted that the King of Afghanistan ‘Amir Sher Ali’ had lived there during 1869). It was opened to people in general on 23rd March 2006. There are 3 exhibitions which show an) unearthed things b) ethnic articles which speak to the way of life of Peshawar c) British collectibles

Gor Khatri is safeguarded under the Federal Government’s Antiquities Act of 1975.

Bala Hissar Fort

bala hissar fort

It is arranged in the northwestern corner of the city at a rise. Accordingly it has been relevantly named ‘raised or high fortification’ in Dari Persian (a type of Persian that is spoken in Afghanistan). It was given by Afghani King Timur Shah Durrani the child of Ahmad Shah Durrani who established the Durrani Empire (which is viewed as the establishment of the present day territory of Afghanistan). During his standard Timur made Peshawar the winter capital and would remain at the fortress.

It is accepted that this fortification was worked by Emperor Babur in 1530 on the vestiges of an old one. (Strangely there is another fortification by a similar name in Afghanistan which is the place Babur began to live after he caught Kabul in 1505. It was enormously created under the Mughal rule).

Bala Hissar was totally wrecked by Maharaja Ranjit Singh when he caught the city in 1823 and torched it. Word has it that he additionally removed the ‘Koh-I-Noor’ precious stone from the Afghan King who was living in the fortification around then.

The structure we see today was developed by the Sikhs in 1834. Some state that it was worked by Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s child Shera Singh, while some think it was General Hari Singh Nalwa. It was altered by the British in 1849. Anyway since 1947 it has been involved by the Frontier Corps.