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    Getting lost in downtown Herat

    by Claus_Qvist Written Sep 17, 2003

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    Herat is an amazingly friendly town. The third-biggest in the country, but still nothing but a big colourful village.

    Cars are less common than in Iran and instead donkeys and carts carry the load. Women are completely veiled in their "burqa", and most of the men still look like reincarnations of Osama bin Laden.

    Anyone close to Afghanistan should try going to Herat, however, single women are adviced to pick up a "fake husband" before they enter. Sexual discrimination is extremely obvious in Afghanistan.

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    Chicken Street Market

    by jorgejuansanchez Written Oct 18, 2006

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    This is a real Oriental market, very exotic for a westerner, in the famous Chicken Street. There they sell everything unimaginable. Drinking chai with the sellers of handicrafts they started to propose me their goods and they were so affective and nice that I finished up buying them a lovely hand made carpet that today I care for like a treasure at home.

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    Darya-i-Kabul

    by Kanjoo Written Dec 23, 2004

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    All the way upto Kabul from Peshawar, one can see the places which are not possible anywhere else. however road condition is very poor but it runs through koh-i-sufaid and kabul river quite unique landscape all around.

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    BOLAN PASS

    by Natalia_Paris Updated Feb 22, 2005

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    Although this is a water color, Bolan Pass is truely an amazing place. Afghanistan has an amazing geography. It is mostly mountainous and hilly, towering majestic cliffs, flowing rivers and breathtaking marvelous greenery.

    When traveling in Afghanistan you will feel as if you are in one of those 1001Arabian Nights stories. Well dont forget, many stories in the Arabian Nights took place in Persia. At that time Afghanistan was part of the great Persian Empire. The mosques of Afghanistan are very colorful and extremely beautiful.

    Bolan pass is an important natural gateway through the Central Brahui Range in Balochistan province, Pakistan, on the border of Afghanistan connecting Sibi with Quetta by road and railway. For centuries it has been a route for traders, invaders such as the Arabs and Persians, and nomadic tribes between India and higher Asia. It comprises a series of long, narrow valleys or gorges and extends for 55 miles (89 km) from Rindli in the south to Darwaza.

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    General notes about what to see in Afghanistan

    by pazu Written Apr 24, 2004

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    ******** THINGS TO SEE IN KABUL ********

    "An Historical Guide to Afghanistan" lists some good place to see in Kabul, I highly recommend you to buy one. Here I just list some of my comments on the place.

    OLD PALACE (near Bagh-e Bala):

    Very much destroyed, but still quite stunning to see. You can still feel the glory of the Afghanistan 23 years ago, it's somehow quite sad to see a place destroyed like this. Try to find some postcards of the Afghanistan 30 years ago and you may want to ask for a stop on war.

    ARG:

    Can't go, it's an army station.

    BALA HISSAR:

    Can't go, it's an army station, but you can look from outside. Opposite of Bala Hissa is a village and quite interesting.

    ID GAH MOSQUE, PUL-I-KHISHTI MOSQUE, SHAH-DO-SHAMSHIRA MOSQUE:

    Interesting. You can buy some corns outside the SDS Mosque and feed the pigeons. SDS Mosque was rebuilt by the Turkish Government in 2002. Free entrance, but the Mosque is usually locked. You can go in the Pul-i-Khishiti Mosque, and you need to take off your shoes, but for "security reasons" you can take your shoes inside the praying hall, there's some shelves for shoes inside.

    KABUL ZOO

    Animals lovers would be very sad to see the condition, the only interesting animals are pigs (I've been traveling in Pakistan for 4 months before I go to Afghanistan, which means I haven't seen a pig for 4 months!). The lion is from China and the emergency food from London. Entrance Af5.


    **** THINGS TO SEE IN BAMIYAN *******

    Officially you need a permit to go up to the head of the Large Buddha (the one on the left hand side), it means you need to pay some baksheesh to the police and ask them to take you up. BEWARE: it's higher than 50 metres and the wall are full of cracks... There is a school and a hospital near the Buddha.

    There's a very beautiful lake near Bamiyan called Band-e Amir, you need to hire a car to go there and in winter time the road can be dangerous.

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    The Great Sunsets & Sunrises

    by AV8TOR Written Jan 8, 2005

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    Nothing starts or ends a day other than an awesome sun/moon rise or set. Afghanistan has some of the best to offer that I have ever seen. Along with awesome mountains which tower anything the U.S. has to offer as for rugged and height.

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    If Afghanistan ever stabilizes...

    by DesertRat Written Aug 24, 2002

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    If Afghanistan ever stabilizes and comes out of its Taleban-imposed Dark Age, you must include the lakes of Band-i-Amir on your itinerary. It's a truly magical place.

    Photo: Two of the five lakes at Band-i-Amir

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    Drive the Salang

    by michelleee Updated Apr 22, 2005

    I have driven the 12 hours from Kabul to Mazar-I-Sharif and back at least a dozen times and I fall in love with the majestic Hindu Kush all over again every time. The Salang Tunnel was built by the Russians during their occupation of Afghanistan. It is an amazing and eerie piece of architecture.

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    wild stuff, really!

    by grunberg Written May 8, 2006

    there's nothing to do except crossing the country and gaping at landscapes.
    perhaps the best thing is the central route, through highlands (passes till 3200 m), from kabul to herat. i did it in 10 days in march (incl 4 days walking - 2 of which were compulsory due to snow ont he pass and no cars). otherwise, you wait for toyota hiace 4x4 in bigger villages that take you to the next locations.
    herat has a wonderful blue persian mosque.
    mazar i sharif has ali's shrine and bouzkashi tournaments in march.

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    Town of Landi Kotal on way to Kabul

    by Kanjoo Written Dec 18, 2004

    on way to kabul my best and most recommended place to visit is the town of Landi Kotal very close to Torkhum border. its the highest railway track and station as well. and very popular for its bimonthly train service only for tourists.

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    Mausoleum o Ameerf Taimoor Leng

    by Kanjoo Written Dec 23, 2004

    Ameer taimoor leng, a self-made nomadic chieftain from Kish, taimoor lang, (or taimoor lane, because of some defect in his leg), temoor to the uzbeks, whose real name was Ameer Taimoor Sahib Qiran, was born a minor noble of a Tartar tribe in the middle of transoxiana. “at 12 years of age, i fancied that i perceived in myself all the greatness and wisdom.” he won leadership of his tribe at 24 and, after building up an army, proceeded to dominate first the whole of transoxiana, then much of the wider world – “perhaps the greatest self-made man who ever lived.”

    ameer taimoor ascended the throne in 1370 after conquering Balkh. thereafter Iran, Iraq, Syria, eastern Turkey and most of the Caucasus fell under his sway, followed by northern india and he took Delhi in 1398. Europe’s crowned heads trembled as he vanquished the ottoman sultan bayzid in 1402. The King of Constantinople and the Monarch of Castila paid homage to him. Taimoor lang made Samarqand his capital.

    he had a multicultural army of nomads and urbanites, muslims and christians, arabs, turks, tajiks, Persians, Georgians, Indians and Tartars. Taimoor lang ransacked Baghdad in 1401 and massacred 90,000 inhabitants, slaughtered 70,000 in isfahan and in afghanistan killed everyone who could not run fast enough.

    Taimoor lang was fond of chess, and played the “greater game” with a board of 10 squares by 11, which carried the usual complement plus camels, giraffes and war machines. he planned his campaigns with a chess player’s cleverness – and, like a good mongol, led from the saddle. he used the Mongol tactic of feigned flight to lethal effect, even feigning mortal sickness – vomiting up a bowl of boar’s blood he’d covertly swallowed – to ally an enemy’s fear.

    his tomb is in the popular Kabul district which is now famous by his name and also very popular road by his name where lots of places of livings in kabul. Most of the above text I have translated from a book named (tareekh-i-islam)

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    Bravest People - Pashtoons

    by Natalia_Paris Written Feb 22, 2005

    The Pashtoons are most famous for their incredible bravery, beauty, courage, hospitality, true friendship, loyalty and strict observance of Islam.

    They are the real face of Afghanistan. The Afghan people in general are among the most hospitable people in the world...

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    ATAN - NATIONAL DANCE OF AFGHANISTAN

    by Natalia_Paris Written Feb 22, 2005

    The ATAN dance is the most beautiful folkloric dance that I've ever seen. It conveys, power, bravery, religious aspects, toughness and it is all harmonized into one beautiful dance. The music of Atan is amazing and nostalgic. Dancers hold either swords or big drums called "doghs." On every drum beat you either clap your hands and swing to your feet (the most popular way) you can also stomp your feet, clap two swords or beat on drums. To hear ATAN you can go here:

    http://www.virtualafghans.com/music/wajiah/khaana_dil/

    Click on the last song no. 13 "PAKTIA PO DAAG KE"

    -This song in particular originated in the Pushtoon-dominated famous city of Paktya, Afghanistan.

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    AFGHAN BEAUTY - FAMOUS PHOTOGRAPHS

    by Natalia_Paris Written Feb 22, 2005

    No other country where the majority of the people are muslims has gained so much praise for beauty like Afghanistan. Afghanistan is the only Muslim country whose modern-day people have graced the covers of numerous international magazines. The most famous being this one, of the young pashtoon girl Miss Sharbat Gulah taken in 1984. Afghanistan, Pakistan and India have the most photographed people in the whole muslim world.

    The beauty of Afghans is due to the unique mix of Persians during the Persian conquest, Mongols, during Genghis Khan's conquest, Aryans, Pashtoons, Uzbek, Turkmen and Tajik peoples and Arabs during the Islamic regime.

    In the northern city of Badakhshan you can see blondes with fair complexions and light eyes. In Kabul you see more of the Persian influence and you'll see people with tan skin, looking like lighter skinned Indians. And in the south in Kandahar you'll see the Pashtoon people who are considered the most beautiful people in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Afghanistan is a beautiful mix of different races.

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    DARI - AFGHAN PERSIAN

    by Natalia_Paris Written Feb 22, 2005

    Pashto and Dari (Afghan Persian/Farsi) are the official languages of Afghanistan. Pashto was declared the National Language of the country during the beginning of Zahir Shah's reign, however, Dari has always been used for business and government transactions. Both belong to the Indo-European group of languages.

    Both Pashto and Dari are written primarily with the Arabic alphabet, however, there are some modifications. Pashto literature saw a massive rise in development in the 17th century, mostly due to poets like Khushal Khan Khattak, who is known today as the national poet of Afghanistan. Other noteworthy Pashto poets in history were Rahman Baba, and the founder of the modern Afghan nation, Ahmad Shah Abdali.

    Dari also has an extensive literature, actually, some of the worlds greatest poems have been written in Dari. Dari poems by Jalaluddin Rumi have been translated from its original Dari versions to numerous other languages, and is widely read even in the west. Many powerful kingdoms of the past such as those of the Moghuls in India, primarily used Dari in their royal courts.

    Dari is similar to the Farsi spoken in Iran. However Dari is more original and old.

    In the picture is a veiled Afghan Woman of Persian/Aryan descent. In Afghanistan the head veil is referred to as a "Chodar", in Arabic one would call it "Hijab."

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