Saturday, November 17, 2012

Grand Trunk Road


The Grand Trunk Road GT Road was initiated by, and later constructed and extended by Sher Shah Suri, who then ruled much of northern India. Grand Trunk Road , the road that Kipling in his novel Kim, calls the backbone of India and is, in fact, the only major thoroughfare, busy and colorful truck with all sorts of vehicles and animals, which leads from Calcutta to Kabul, along the Pakistan.


Grand Trunk Road or GT Road is most commonly long and ancient communication route linking India to Pakistan and Afghanistan and a very high number of cars, buses, wagons, livestock, animals, bicycles and even pedestrians. For lovers of Indian cuisine, it is a pleasure to intersperse the long hours of travel and true with delicious snacks of spicy dhal, tandoori chicken and chapati.

The Grand Trunk Road, built in the 16th century to link the major cities of India to those of Pakistan and Afghanistan. It has not been changed since then. The road is congested with cattle cars, animals, bicycles, pedestrians, as well as from a large number of cars and buses. At times the road is two lanes in each direction and the traffic is flowing while, increasingly, it is conveyed in a single narrow carriageway and soon experience the improbable driving techniques of the Indian people. It's not unusual to see large Tata trucks pulled up on the pavement, with their load that impedes the passage and machines ripped from the mad power of impact.

 But the road is deserted, the only road border crossing between India and Pakistan is enveloped in a strange silence.

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