Khyber Pass of Pakistan

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Khyber Pass

The Khyber Pass, is a mountain pass that links Pakistan and Afghanistan.  It has been an important trade route between Central Asia and South Asia throughout historyand a strategic military location. The summit of the Khyber Pass is 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) inside Pakistan at Landi Kotal and it cuts through the northeastern part of the Safed Koh mountains which themselves are a far southeastern extension of the Hindu Kush range. Situated in the Sulaiman Hills (also spelled as Suleman), Khyber Pass is one of the most famous passes in the world. The 53 kilometres narrow pass winds through the mountains on the border between northern Pakistan and eastern Afghanistan. The Khyber Pass is situated about 16 kilometres west of Peshawar and extends to Afghanistan border.

Driving on the Khyber Pass is a unique kind of experience. Many conquerors and rulers, who came from far off places like central Asia and Greek, used the pass in the past as the entry point to the Indian sub continent. Travelling through the pass is like passing through the layers of rocky mountain peaks and rugged barren landscapes.

The Khyber Pass links Peshawar in Pakistan to Kabul in Afghanistan. Before you decide to hit the rugged barren road, it is essential to collect all the information about the route and travel procedure. You may need a special permit to take the tour to Khyber Pass. 

The Kings and commanders who crossed the Khyber Pass with armmed armies eastward in the conquest of India, except for Chandragupta Maurya, Ranjit Singh, George Pollock and Sir Donald Stewart who crossed in the opposite direction.

  • Alexander the Great
  • Babur the Tiger
  • Cyrus the Great
  • Chandragupta Maurya
  • Demetrius I of Bactria
  • Mahmud Ghaznavi
  • Muhammad Ghori
  • Genghis Khan
  • Qutlugh Khwaja
  • Tamerlane
  • Ranjit Singh
  • Humayun
  • Shah Jahan
  • Nader Shah Afshar
  • Ahmad Shah Durrani
  • George Pollock
  • Sir Donald Stewart, 1st Baronet





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