KPK (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) is a province of Pakistan. It is located in the country’s north-western region, along the Afghanistan–Pakistan border and close to the Tajikistan border. The people of KPK are famous for their hospitality. It was previously known as the North-West Frontier Province (NWFP) until 2010 when the 18th Amendment to Pakistan’s Constitution changed its name to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and is known colloquially by a variety of other names. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is the third-largest Pakistani province in terms of both population and economy, despite being the smallest of Pakistan’s four provinces geographically. It is home to 17.9% of Pakistan’s total population, with the majority of residents being ethnic Pashtuns and Hindko speakers. The province is the location of the ancient region of Gandhara, which includes the ruins of its capital, Pushkalavati, which is located near modern-day Charsadda. Because of its proximity to the Khyber Pass, the region’s history has been marked by frequent invasions by various empires.
Basic Info About KPK
Province Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Capital City Peshawar
Old name North-West Frontier Province (NWFP)
Established 1 July 1970
Area 101,741 km2 (39,282 sq. mi)
Area Code 9291
Weather 38°F to 106°F
Language Pashto, Hindko, Saraiki, Khowar, Kohistani, Urdu
Time Zone UTC+05:00 (PST)
District includes Abbottabad, Bajaur, Bannu, Battagram, Charsadda, Dera Ismail Khan, Hangu, Haripur, Karak, and 25 more
Tehsils 119 Tehsils)
Places to visit in KPK
KPK is well-known as a tourist destination for adventurers and explorers. The province’s landscape is diverse, with rugged mountains, valleys, hills, and dense agricultural farms. The area is well known for its ancestors. Takht Bhai and Pushkalavati are two Buddhist archaeological sites from the Gandhara civilization. Here we summed up a list of famous valleys, lake parks, and historical places worth visiting in KPK.
Included are the Chitral Valley, Kaghan Valley, Kalam Valley, Kumrat Valley and Swat Valley
The following are the accessible lakes, Ansoo Lake, Daral Lake, Dudipatsar, Kundol Lake, Mahodand Lake, Jabba Zomalu Lake, Katora Lake, Lake Saiful Muluk, Lulusar, and Pyala Lake.
Broghil Valley National Park, Chitral National Park, Lulusar-Dudipatsar National Park Saiful Muluk National Park and Sheikh Buddin National Park are some of the important parks to visit
Bala Hissar Fort, Chitral Fort, Mahabat Khan Mosque, Kafir Kot, Khyber Pass Takht-Bahi and many other historical places worth visiting in KPK
Famous foods of KPK
KPK is well-known for its Pashtun cuisine. Pashtun cuisine is primarily composed of meat dishes such as lamb, beef, chicken, and fresh fish, as well as rice and other vegetables. These staples are accompanied by dairy products (yoghurt, whey, cheeses), various nuts, and fresh and dried fruits.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has some excellent cuisine. If you are visiting KPK, here are some must-try traditional Desi food options.
- Peshawar chapli kebab
- Kabuli pulao
- Peshawar karahi
- Dum pukht
- lamb chops
- Namkeen tikka
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