The prime attraction in this region is the Khyber Pass, situated in the Sulaimans Hills which form the western barrier of Pakistan. Tourists need a permit and an armed escort from the Political Agent in Stadium Road to visit the Khyber Pass. Residents in Pakistan get their Khyber permits from the Home Secretary at the Civil Secretariat. The permits are free and delivered immediately. The hills dip down here, leaving a passage sometimes as broad as 1½ km. (1 mile) and sometimes as narrow as 16 meters (52 feet). The pass begins near Jamrud Fort 18 km. (11 miles) from Peshawar and extends beyond the Afghan border of Pakistan at Torkham 58 km. (36 miles) away. The road runs west
from the cantonment and through University Town, Hayatabad and Karkhano Bazaar, before and after which the fields on either side of the road are covered with refugee camps. After the camps are the compounds of Pathan tribesmen, their high mud walls furnished with turrets and gunslits, their entrances guarded by huge corrugated-iron gates.