Traveling on Grand Trunk Road all my life, it captured my imagination as a cultural curiosity when I read Rudyard Kipling’s Kim. At the beginning of the last century Kipling called it:
â€œa wonderful spectacleâ€¦. without crowdingâ€¦. green-arched, shade-flecked â€¦ a river of life.â€
But Pakistanâ€™s National Highway Number 5 (N5), alias the Grand Trunk Road, or simply the GT Road, presents a different impression now.
Commuting up and down the GT Road are caravans of trucks, buses, cars, animals and animal transport also auto-rickshaws, all having equal right of the way. On the GT Road every bus, truck, and a car must pass the vehicle ahead. â€œThe GT Road,â€ a veteran traveler John Otto wrote says, â€œreally belongs to the trucker.â€ And he is right in a way. Have you traveled there lately? Seen any changes?
Photo Credits: WesternRaider