Friday, August 9, 2013

S2L77: Khyber Pass

From 1977 03 17 Pakistan

On to Afghanistan. The road from India and Pakistan to Central Asia leads through the Khyber Pass, the fabled route of trade and conquest for thousands of years. The Silk Road came through here. So, too, did the Persian army under Darius the Great, the Greek army under Alexander the Great, and the Mongol army under Genghis Khan. In 2001, the US military launched an attack on the nearby mountain caves of Tora Bora, Osama bin Laden's base in that most recent war.

Even in 1977, before the recent decades of war broke out, the route through the Khyber Pass was barely safe. The territory was controlled by warlords as much as by the central governments of Afghanistan or Pakistan. Travelers were warned to start their journey early in the morning in order to be safely in Kabul by nightfall. And not to leave the road for any reason.

More photos after the jump.

From 1977 03 17 Pakistan

From 1977 03 17 Pakistan
The green patch marks the border

From 1977 03 17 Pakistan
Money changers at the border

One of a continuing series.
Start: Around the World in 800 Days
Previous: Peshawar
Next: Kabul, Afghanistan

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