"Contraband City" Landi Kotal by JohnniOmani

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Lawless Land

Landi Kotal has lost some of its status as a Smugglers goldmine and hideout but this old city still houses gunshops and if your armed escort is willing you can walk around and take in the views of M16s, AK 47s, pistols and shotguns hanging in the store windows. You can also buy Afghan money for a souvenir but the atmosphere is intense. It is also home to the Khyber Rifles Officers Mess, with a small museum chronicling the Rifles history and its many famous visitors. Landi Kotal has a wild buzz and chances are you will be the only foreigner. If excitement and danger are true elements of adventure than Landi Kotal does not disappoint travelers.

The Khyber Railway

British engineers planned the track in 1880 and construction began in 1920. After an estimated R200 Million, the track was completed as far as Landi Kotal and the first train too off in 1924. Later the track was extended to the Durand line, but that section of track has been in a state of decay for years. In return for letting the British build a track, tribespeople travelled for free and everyone else paid 5 rupees. One story goes that tribesmen objected strongly to the station and the track until one British engineer quietly reminded them that the trains ran very slowly and were therefore easy to loot. Public services stopped in 1985 because of fears of sabotage. Currently, the train makes the journey to the near border town of Landi Kotal.

  • Last visit to Landi Kotal: Apr 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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