SAFED KOH ("
See also:north-west frontier of India, extending like a 14,000 ft.
See also:wall, straight and rigid, towering above all surrounding hills, from the mass of mountains which overlook
See also:Kabul on the south-east to the frontiers of India, and preserving a strike which—being more or less perpendicular to the border line—is in
See also:strange contrast to the usual conformation of frontier
See also:ridge and valley . The highest
See also:peak, Sikaram, is 15,620 ft. above
See also:sea-level, and yet it is not a conspicuous point on this unusually straight-backed range . Geographically the Safed Koh is not an isolated range, for there is no break in the continuity of
See also:divide which connects it with the
See also:great Shandur offshoot of the
See also:Hindu Kush except the narrow trough of the Kabul
See also:river, which cuts a deep waterway across where it makes its way from Dakka into the
See also:Peshawar plains . Strategically it is an important topographical feature, for it divides the
See also:basin of the Kabul river and the Khyber route from the valley of
See also:Kurram, leaving no practicable pass across its rugged crest to connect the two . Its western slopes, where it abuts on the
See also:mountain masses which dominate the Kabul plain, are
See also:forest-covered and picturesque, with deep glens intersecting them, and bold craggy ridges; the same may be said of the
See also:northern spurs which reach downward through the
See also:country towards
See also:Gandamak and
See also:Jalalabad . Here the
See also:snow lies
See also:late and moisture is abundant—but on the
See also:sun-scorched cliffs but little vegetation is to be seen . Approaching the Peshawar plains the Safed Koh throws off long spurs east-
See also:ward, and amongst the foothills of these eastern spurs the
See also:Tirah long remained hidden from
See also:European eyes .
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