A dusty ride from Peshawar to Landi Kotal in Pakistan

Pakistani bus driver Mohammad gives us a bumpy, dusty ride from Peshawar to Landi Kotal. He usually faces prolonged roadblocks on his way to Landi Kotal due to accidents. And opium smugglers, attacks on NATO trucks and the dust in his eyes are problems Arif faces on the road. He prays for a safe journey every single day.

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Lanḍī Kōtal is a town in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan, and the administrative capital of Khyber Agency. It is one of the largest towns in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, and is located 1,072 metres (3,517 ft) above sea level, on the route across the mountains to the city of Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan.[ Landi Kotal is at the western edge of the Khyber Pass that marks the entrance to the Nangarhar Province of Afghanistan, which is located just 5 kilometres (3 mi) to the west.

Landi Kotal is a tourist destination. It was the terminus railway station of Khyber Pass Railway. A tourist train, the Khyber train safari was run on this railway. However, the train was closed down in 2006 due to washing away of the railway track and bridges by flood.

Landi Kotal is the main shopping centre for the Shinwari, Afridi, and Mulagori tribes of Khyber Agency.