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This is the Khyber Pass connecting Peshawar and Kabul that Kipling wrote about, the Old Silk Road path for of dozens of invaders raiding India for thousands of years...
nowadays no foreigners use the Pass...they fly...because this route is not safe, never was actually... as I read Kipling, after having lived near Peshawar, different images and memories come to mind, lots of nostalgia..
for example the wondrous horses that were bred there and throughout Afghanistan...very special horses that
were brought in to sleep with their owners at night...and hidden in the Tora Bora caves by day when there were wars and conflicts.
The pride of kings and queens, the Akhai-Teke. The horse is so rare and highly prized that it has become the national emblem of Turkmanistan..and fewer than 3,000 eist in the world today...What distinguishes them is their shimmering metallic-like hair.
When I read Kipling, or dozens of legends from the region, even of Alexander the Great,I imagine them riding these fine horses...and when a horse falls in battle, I always hope it was not one of these...
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