Afghanistan Travel Guide

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Having spent decades in the news for all the wrong reasons, Afghanistan doesn’t look like stabilizing any time soon, and generally speaking you should probably think very seriously about where to travel at all. Visas are surprisingly easy to come by, though, and if you’re a true off-the-wall traveler, you’ll encounter a land of deserts and craggy peaks, relatively untouched natural sites and pock-marked cities suffering sanitation problems and destruction of heritage.

Capital Kabul is the most accessible destination, perched at 1,800 meters and guarded by a hillside citadel that’s slowly crumbled following decades of war. Kabul’s museum once housed many of Asia’s greatest treasures, but now hosts only the artifacts that were uninspiring enough for looters not to bother carrying them away. It’s not all gloom and doom though, with a colorful market scene, dozens of decorative mosques and the walled Gardens of Babur amongst Kabul’s surviving charms; not bad for a city forever in the headlines for its relentless destruction.

To the west, the turquoise lakes of Bande Amir are Afghanistan’s most infamous tourist attraction, and also fall at the heart of one of the country's most famous folk tales. The five eerily quiet mountainside pools – which sit under severe, flat-topped cliffs – are said to have been created when former leader Hazrat Ali built the damns that hold them up, a story that's almost certainly far from literal. Nearby Bamiyan, a tiny city sat under a soaring, dusty cliff side – was home to two huge stone Buddhas before the Taliban smashed them to pieces in 2001, leaving only ‘footprints’, as well as caves and a hilltop fortress to explore.

The notorious Khyber Pass to India is long closed to foreigners, and a serious death risk to attempt, but the beautiful Panjshir Valley does offer rugged hiking amongst snow-capped peaks. Newly accessible due to gemstone mining, yet sparse and littered with the simple traditional tombs of ethnic Tajiks, Panjshir makes a draw-dropping off-the-beaten-track hike.

As a volatile country rife with political difficulties and infrastructure problems, a visit to Afghanistan is not to be taken lightly (always check the latest safety updates regularly, both before leaving and once you arrive, and - wherever possible - carry several alternative communication methods). For travelers with an itch for the unusual and a taste for the wild, however, it might just satisfy the urge.

Kabul #1 most popular location
Kabul is the capital of Afghanistan. It sits about 5000 feet above sea level in a dusty valley surrounded by the Hindu Kush. The city is actually bisected by a small mountain range, popular…
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Kandahar #2 most popular location
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Bagram #3 most popular location
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Wakhan Corridor #4 most popular location
The Wakhan Corridor is one of the most remote corners of the world, and has tremendous strategic importance, since it separates what was once the British Empire from the Russian Empire. It i…
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Herat #5 most popular location
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Bamiyan #6 most popular location
Bamiyan is one of the prize location for world travelers. This serene valley of undescribable beauty was ravaged by the Taliban and the Afghan civil war. However, it is again possible to vi…
Keshem #7 most popular location
Mazar-i-Sharif #8 most popular location
Mazar-i-Sharif means the holy grave. Legend has it that Ali's body was taken from what is today Iraq, through the Persian Empire to its current location, the tomb of Ali which sits at the ce…
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Band-i-Amir #9 most popular location
The Band-i-Amir lakes mean the "dams of the king." These five natural lakes have been formed through the ages as minerals from the spring-fed water are deposited at the outlet of the lakes t…
Khosh Valley #10 most popular location
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Shewa #11 most popular location
Minaret of Jam #12 most popular location
Zibak #13 most popular location
Zebok is a remote valley in Badakhshan Provice at the foot of the Daliz Pass. It is best known for its beautiful lawn-like pasture that is kept green even in the dry months by the multiplici…
Jalalabad #14 most popular location
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Gardez #15 most popular location
Gardez is a city in east Afghanistan, located in the Paktia province. It’s at a junction between two important roads, one linking Pakistan with Ghazni, the other connecting Kabul and Khost.…
Panjshir Valley #16 most popular location