National Geographic : 1990 May
GRAND TRUNK Road of conquest and culture CHINA PAKISTAN BANGL S Stretching from Calcutta to INDIA During the 16th cen Peshawar, the Grand Trunk " tury Emperor Sher Shah Road also spans the centuries. built a tree-lined military Emperor Candragupta Maurya, road from Sonargaon through who ruled from 321 to 297 B.C., Delhi to the Indus River. This high built a road from Pataliputra, his way, which came to be known as the Scapital, toward the northwest. Grand Trunk Road, was improved A forerunner of today's highway, and rerouted through Aligarh by the royal road had rest houses, the British in the mid-1800s. Today, S was sloped for drainage, and had SRIL A as part of the national highway sys \ : officers assigned to maintain it. tem, it remains a strategic artery. , - ,BHUTAN PRADESH m -. .K e SA*RNATHr " -. \ M B(/ ":N V /MEGHALAYA ' , ' Allahabad GNng ' . SA - na . ' nhasi (Pataliputra) ( .TI T6 . T(Bana Sas IPamA . ,aanb E Durgapu BIHAR Do Burd Rich in natural resources India has only recentlyS BENGAL oTit ar begun-to meet its economic objectives Industry . Howrho "brgeons along the road in esBea andBihar oo Where coal is mid Refineries in Haryana and Uttr .. .. River- . e the alth to chemical ,izers and high y~ed seeds, .I u introduceby the gn revon of the 1960s. SSK,'" * IB , /'^^ ej^^ ^f^Et^o^ ",j '^ '' ^tS^^^ .