Gor Khatri, which translates to 'warrior's grave,' refers to a typical Mughal-era serai that occupies a 25600 square meter space and is situated atop one of Peshawar's highest elevations.
The archaeological complex has preserved the history of the city in the form of a caravanserai from the Mughal era, a Hindu temple from the Gorakhnath Ji era, a Sikh pavilion from the Avitabile era, and a fire brigade building from the British era with two old fire engines that the government has recently repaired.
THINGS TO DO AT GOR KHATRI CARAVENSERAI:
Study the structure for regional influences:
A typical Serai from the Mughal era, GorKhatri is situated on one of Peshawar City's highest peaks. It is a fortified compound with a 160 by 160 square meter footprint. Its two conspicuous entrances are in the east and one in the west.
Most notably, Jahan Ara Begum, the daughter of Emperor Shah Jahan, converted it into a magnificent caravanserai (a lodging for travelers) in the middle of the 17th century. The Tower of Buddhas Bowl, where the holy alms bowl was housed, was located in Gor Khatri.
Learn about the history of the site:
The Italian mercenary General Paolo Avitabile [1838–1842] used the location as his residence and administrative headquarters during the Sikh control over Peshawar. The KP government rebuilt and conserved Gor Khatri's Western Gate, also known as the Avitabile Pavilion.
Find treasures that are uncovered:
Archaeologists have estimated the city's history from the 2200-year-old Indo-Greek epoch throughout this procedure. However, some researchers contend that the metropolis covered a 7000-year-old civilization's ruins.
After excavating up to forty-eight feet, artifacts dating from the British era to the thousand-year-old Hindu Shahi period have been discovered.
Archaeologists have excavated the property and discovered more than 2300 years old items. Archaeologists were drawn to the ample open space of the caravanserai because it offered a window into Peshawar's colorful past.
Pay homage to religious sentiments:
The Gorak Nath Temple, situated in the site's middle, is the most spectacular structure. Literal accounts claim that this Hindu temple dedicated to the god Shiva was built in honor of Gorak Nath, a reverend.
It was constructed in the early 19th century and is still in its original state. Until a few decades ago, it served as the city's principal Hindu religious center.
Explore the collections housed in the museum:
One benefit of this work is that a small museum was also set up inside the Gor Khatri complex, where artifacts discovered during the excavation have been placed, educating tourists about the city's past.
To restore Peshawar's arts and crafts, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa tourism department erected aluminum gates to each hotel and gave the artisans their supplies.