Khyber Pass

The Khyber Pass is a famous pass located in the white Koh mountain range of Hindukush between the border of northwest Pakistan and Kabulistan plain in Afghanistan. It is a natural erosion in the white Koh chain at an altitude of 1070 m (3510 ft). This pass allows you travel between the Indian subcontinent and Central Asia and has left a deep impression on the history of the two regions.



TheThe Khyber Pass is 33 miles (about 52.8 km) long and the narrowest part is only 10 feet wide. This narrow road is lost in the midst of large mountains at a height of 600 to 1000 feet.




History of Khyber Pass

Peshawar and Landi Kotal are located at the eastern (Indian) end of this pass, from where the route to Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, is routed. Most of the invaders who attacked India from the north-west came to India through this pass. Now this pass connects the western Punjab province of Pakistan with Afghanistan.




The Hindu kings of ancient times could not protect this pass from foreign invaders. It is believed that during the Muslim rule, Taimur, Babur, Humayun, Nadirshah and Ahmed Shah Abdali invaded India through this pass. When Punjab came under British rule, only the Khyber Pass could be properly guarded and after that there was no further invasion of India by this route.




 

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