GRAND TRUNK ROAD The Grand Trunk Road was built by Emperor Sher Shah Suri during his brief rule of India It was a marvelous feat of engineering The road, some 2,000 kilometers long, connected Peshawar in the northwest of Suri’s domain with Bengal in the southeast Trees were planted to provide shade on both sides of the road Wells were dug to provide water to the travelers, who could also use numerous serais (rest houses) that were constructed at suitable intervals The Grand Trunk Road-or GT Road as it is commonly called-remained the main communication artery for both West Pakistan and north India It was only with the construction in the 1990s of the Lahore-Islamabad Motorway that an alternate route was developed in Pakistan

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