Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Grand Trunk Road

During the time of Mauryas overland trade with western Asia and the Hellenic world went through the cities of the north-west, primarily Taxila. As a result the city of Taxila was well connected by roads with other parts of the Mauryan empire. The Mauryans had built a Royal Highway from Taxila to Pataliputra, a road which was rebuilt throughout the centuries and which today survives as the Grand Trunk Road. Thus Sher Shah Shuri in the 16th century did not lay the foundation stone for a new road but had merely reconstructed what existed for centuries.

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