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Exterior view of Fort Bala Hisar near Peshawar Serena Hotel

Fort Bala Hisar

Capital of the KP province, this place was also known as Puruṣapura in Sanskrit language which meant “city of men”.

The name Bala Hissar is derived from Persian and means “elevated or high fort”. The name was given by the Afghan Pashtun King Timur Shah Durrani. The fort was used as a royal residence for the Durrani Empire and was rebuilt during Sikh and British rules.