Peshawar experiences a semi-arid climate, with hot summers and mild winters. Although the city is not in a monsoon region, rain occurs during both the winter and summer, with the most rain falling between February and April.
Winter in the city is mild and runs from the middle of November to late March. If you don’t mind some rain, the winter can be a good time to visit and there is still plenty to do in the city. Visitors may also be able to find cheap flights to Peshawar and lower accommodation rates compared with the early and late summer periods.
The summer extends from May to September and it is generally very hot, with average maximum temperatures of 40 degrees Celsius and minimums of 25 degrees. During the months of June to August the humidity can be quite high. Some tourists choose not to travel to the city over the very hottest part of summer and instead opt for early or late summer when temperatures are more pleasant.
Festive season, school holidays and events like Eid celebrations may result in much higher rates on both hotel accommodation and flights to Peshawar. Some hotels and airlines offer peak season specials for a very short time, so look out for seasonal deals.
Vibrant Peshawar is the capital city of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa in beautiful Pakistan and a popular travel destination. Tourists book flights to Peshawar not only to explore its museums, mosques, markets and historic places and monuments, but also to enjoy some great food, art and music. As markets and bazaars go, the Smugglers bazaar offers a great location to shop, haggle and generally take in the hustle and bustle of this busy retail spot. The Peshawar museum is housed in a Victorian-Gothic style building and offers its visitors the opportunity to see the biggest collection of Ghandaran art in the world. The Balar Hisar fort provides a glimpse into the area’s military and cultural history. The tomb of Ziarat Rahman Baba is located in a lush, green area and is a shrine to this 17th century poet.
Ancient traditions blend with contemporary ones in Peshawar. It is most evident in the local cuisine that can be enjoyed in the area at a variety of restaurants, stalls and coffee shops which dot the city. The Army Stadium is a popular place to explore stalls and haggle over prices for traditional craft items. Saturday is family night at the stadium and families picnic, relax and stroll through the park enjoying the rides.
Buses or mini buses and auto rickshaws are frequently used as transport within the city, but it is not recommended to use them after dark or to travel by foot or bicycle. Coach buses are good quality and used for long distance transportation to neighbouring regions.
After taking a flight to Peshawar International Airport (PEW), visitors can choose to take a city bus, taxi, rental car, or an airport shuttle to reach the city. The Peshawar rail station links the city to other regions.