Grand Trunk Road: What Are Your Memories?

Posted on September 12, 2009
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S.A.J. Shirazi

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:

“a wonderful spectacle…. without crowding…. green-arched, shade-flecked … a river of life.”

But Pakistan’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. “The GT Road,” a veteran traveler John Otto wrote says, “really belongs to the trucker.” And he is right in a way. Have you traveled there lately? Seen any changes?

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12 responses to “Grand Trunk Road: What Are Your Memories?”

  1. Owais Mughal says:

    Rumi saheb. yes I remember the ‘tayyara’ buses of pre-AC pre- Daewoo days :) I also remember the red color buses of GTS. The GTS buses that plied on Lahore-Peshawar GT Road route were of blue color and they also came fitted with a sleeping berth towards the front :)

  2. Rumi says:

    I remember traveling on GT road in my childhood and later. Ahh..what pleasant memories. Those were the pre-AC-bus days when Tayyara busses ruled the GT road. Buses, Trucks and Trees.. and that Full moon peeping from the window.. what a nostalgia.

  3. adeel says:

    I traveled on the GT road a few months ago, the section between Mureedke and Kamonke was really in shambles. Roadworks were on for miles…

  4. Owais Mughal says:


    N5 is from Karachi to Landi Kotal.

    Between Lahore and Peshawar, N5 and GT Road are the same roads. The historical GT road’s Lahore-Peshawar portion became part of N5 when NHA gave number markers to Pakistani highways.

  5. adeel says:

    Correct me if I’m wrong, GT road goes (Kabul-)Peshawar-Rawalpindi-Gujaranwala-Lahore-Del hi.

    N5 is interchangeable with GT road between RawalPindi and Lahore, reaching which, it forks and continues further south Okara-Multan-Bahawalpur-Sukkur-Hyderabad-Karachi.

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