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‘Khan Club’, a Mughal era architecture masterpiece losing past glory

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By Fakhar Alam

PESHAWAR, Mar 10 (APP):Khan Klub-a unique histoical building of Mughal Era with eye-catching architectural designs and gorgeous artwork built over 200 years ago in heart of Peshawar City, has started losing its centuries-old architecture due to changing weather and earthquakes.

Located near historic Chowk Yadgar and Balahisar fort at Hasthnagri, Khan Klub (KK) is neither a hotel nor a guesthouse or Havalli, but it is a home of centuries old civilizations with a traditional craftsmanship, that witnessed the vigour of Mughals and onslaughts of warriors, kings and British who marched to the Subcontinent through the historic Khyber Pass.

Built in 1800 at a piece of five-marla land, this four-storeyed boutique style ancient building is in shambles as it is presently being used for trade and commercial purposes having no proper facilities for tourists, culture and art lovers for which it was once famous for.

Its main halls where foreign and domestic tourists had enjoyed traditional Peshawari music including ‘Rubab with Tabla’ prior to 2001, have been turned into flour godowns with particles of flour and dust smoke everywhere.

Khan Club with its glorious history accommodated thousands of people, art lovers and tourists by being used as a residence, guest-house and hotel. In 1995, KK was formally converted into full fledged hotel by a local influential Inayatullah Khan with support of an Irish American Martin Jay Davis and soon became the most preferred choice of foreign and domestic tourists due to its beautiful architecture, calmness and ideal location.

“Prior to 2001, foreign tourists came here in large numbers to........