Afghanistan Things to Do

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    Afghan women walking across the mountain
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  • Things to Do
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  • Things to Do
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Afghanistan Things to Do

  • Visit the orphanages

    Decades of war have created over two million orphans in Afghanistan. If you have an opportunity to visit the orphanages, stop by to visit, . And if you can bring any donations of clothes or school supplies, they are greatly appreciated. The children we visited were divided into a girls class and a boys class. They were all so very happy and eager...

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  • Not just any kebab

    In Afghanistan, locals are very choosy when it comes to kebab. Before you try Afghan kebab, ask the locals where the best shop is and for sure they will point you to their favourites.Kebab is to Afghans as fish and chips is to Brits. Afghans wrap their Kebabs using used newspapers. Not clean really but well, that's how they do it in Afghanistan....

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  • Picnics - An Afghan Outdoor Activity

    Afghans love to have picnics! They build tents, sit down on their carpets and pillows while others roast lambs or sheeps. And picnic is no real picnic if there's no lake nearby. That's Afghan picnic, you see. Foreigners should not go alone as they will be considered invading territory. Wait till you getinvited by an Afghan family and benefit from...

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  • Lashkar Gah

    Lashkar Gah, the capital city of Helmand Province, is relatively clean and decent looking city considering the area that it is in. Probably one of the reasons for that is because American engineers in the 1950s built modern Lashkar Gah as there headquarters for an irrigation project in the area. The history of this place does go back 1,000 years...

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  • Chicken Street Market

    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...

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  • Kandahar

    Kandahar is Afghanistan's second city after Kabul with a population of around 315,000-320,000. It is also the capital city of Kandahar Province. It is a very old city where modern Kandahar dates back to around 4th century BC and founded by Alexander the Great. In recent history it is most famous for the Taliban. It is here were they first conquered...

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  • War Wreckage

    Since the entire country of Afghanistan is practicaly one giant battlefield, there is bound to be some leftovers from past battles. The Soviet war provides most of the war wreckage that you can see and there pieces of their military in many places over the country. The Soviets first came on Christmas Day in 1979 and February 15, 1989 they had...

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  • wild stuff, really!

    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...

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  • See the Wall

    This wall goes right up the mountainside and really accentuates all of the homes built on the way up.

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  • Kabul Zoo

    The Kabul Zoo is not the best zoo out there, as it is a bit sad. There are over 100 animals, including lions, bears, pigs, vultures, etc... The zoo is popular with locals and can see up to 3,000 people per week."Marjan" the one-eyed lion was the most famous resident of the Kabul zoo. Unfortunately, he died in January 2002 at the age of 40. Marjan...

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  • Darulaman Palace

    This palace built in the 1920s by King Amannullah. As with most of Kabul, much of the building is destroyed from fighting that has taken place since1992. The palace was used by King Amannullah and later used as the Justice ministry and Defence ministry. Behind this palace is the former Defence Ministry.

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  • Royal Family Mausoleum

    King Nadir Shah's Mausoleum is the resting place for Afghan's royal family. It is visible from most of Kabul and you can imagine how magnificant this monument must have been in it's original glory.There were a few guards present and an unofficial tour guide who spoke good English. Little boys ran around our legs, offering soda and cookies. They...

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  • Ancient Budhas in Bamyan

    Human beings are human beings, therefore destruction will always exist.Sad but true.Anyway don't miss to visit the location of the ancient Budhas, at least the shape is amazing.

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  • Bande Amir Lakes

    The most beautiful place in the world, right in the middle of Afghanistan. Why the hell the whole world wants to destry this country???

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  • Drive the Salang

    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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  • BADAKHSHAN

    Badakhshan is a region comprising parts of northeastern Afghanistan and of Tajikistan. Badakhshanis constitute a distinct ethno-linguistic and religious community. They are descendent of the Iranians who populated the region in 1000 B.C. In Afghan Badakhshan the prevelant language is Persian.Badakhshan has incredible natural beauty, with meandering...

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  • BOLAN PASS

    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...

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  • Blue Mosque at Mazar-e-Sharif

    Mazar-i-Sharif (in Persian مزار شریف), is a city in northern Afghanistan and the capital of Balkh province. The dominant language in the city is Persian. Mazar-i-Sharif ("Tomb of The Chosen One") is home to the great Blue Mosque, Tomb Of Hazrat Ali, cousin and son-in-law of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH),...

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  • BAMIYAN PROVINCE- "CITY OF DREAMS"

    Bamiyan province is one of the thirty-four provinces of Afghanistan. It is in the center of the country. Its capital city is also called Bamiyan. Bamiyan city is the largest city in the Hazarajat region of Afghanistan, and is the cultural capital of the Hazara ethnic group that predominates in the area.In antiquity, central Afghanistan was...

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  • KABUL - "MAJESTIC CAPITAL OF EMPIRES"

    Snow capped mountains of the Hindu Kush range surround the Afghan capital of Kabul.Kabul is on the Kabul River, situated at an elevation of about 1800 m (about 5900 ft) making it one of the highest capital cities in the World. The population is around 1 million people. An ancient community, Kabul rose to prominence in 1504, when it was made the...

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  • DARI - AFGHAN PERSIAN

    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...

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  • AFGHAN BEAUTY - FAMOUS PHOTOGRAPHS

    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,...

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  • ATAN - NATIONAL DANCE OF AFGHANISTAN

    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...

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  • Bravest People - Pashtoons

    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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  • The white mosk

    These Musk located at the center of Kabul was built by the same architect that built the Taj Mahal and he used exactly the same materials.Now is under reconstruction

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  • THe first locomotive in Afghanistan

    Right in front of the King's Palace you can find the first and the last locomotive in Afghanistan that joined Pakistan with the central lands.The locomotive is from 1923

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  • Parghma Lake

    These lake is 30 Km away from Kabul. Is a beautifull place where the Russian built a dam to provide the city of Kabul with water.

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  • King's Palace

    The King's Palace is an ancient palace which suffered massives rocket attacks during the 25 years of war. Now is completely destroyed but you can see how beautifull and powerfull was this country years ago.

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  • Construction

    This is one of the bridges that we are building in Bamyan, the central region of Afghanistan. Probably is one of the most beautifull regions in the country.

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  • Sight seeing

    The most typical picture of Kabul. The bakery, the afghan bread, a Massoud's picture and the kid with his bycicle.

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  • Sight seeing

    An Afghan woman at the bazaar in Kabul.Just a few local women still wearing their burkas, a reminder of the Taliban Reign.

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  • Construction

    This is a small part of my job.This picture was taken when we were building a Government Building in Jalalabad.The idea is to create the construction business in the country. Good business for a long time.

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  • Sight seeing

    This is not like hell.After a few months you get used to live here. Is a very interesting country full of history and pain.

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  • The Great Sunsets & Sunrises

    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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  • Mausoleum o Ameerf Taimoor Leng

    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...

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  • Darya-i-Kabul

    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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  • Town of Landi Kotal on way to Kabul

    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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  • Gozara Village

    If you - by any chance - should get tired of the calm and chaotic streets of Herat, the village of Gozara, some 40-50 kms south of Herat is not a bad place for an excursion.Gozara is nothing but a mud house village but a very nice one, and the experience is quite different from being in Herat. The town itself is nothing but a mud labyrinth, but,...

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  • Minar-e-Jam

    Reportely, the remote and distant Minar-e-Jam, close to the very center of Afghanistan, is the second largest free-standing minaret in the whole world. Only surpassed by Q'tab Minar at Delhi, India, Minar-e-Jam was built more than 800 years ago and is tucked away in a narrow valley 350-400 kms east of Herat.The minaret has not been built in...

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  • Salang valley

    The road from Kabul to Mazar-e-Sharif passes by this beautiful and meandering valley. The mountains are dry and reddish but the bottom is very green... and small villages nestled on the rugged slopes.

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  • Hindukush mountains

    The magnificent mountains north of Kabul are something you can't miss.We had the opportunity to see them (very closely!) going north to Mazar-e-Sharif.The road built by the Russians in the 50's climbs up to the scary Salang pass at 3800m of altitude.You can suffer of lack of oxygen there... so be careful !

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  • General notes about what to see in...

    ******** 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,...

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  • Crosing the Shilami Plains

    If you're heading for the Punjshir valley then you'll pass through this region. The Shimali plains marked the former line of control between the Taliban and Northern aliance. Everywhere is debis. Tanks lay scattered and houses flattened. It's a pretty desolate place but still inhabited. There's plenty of de-mining going on in this region. I took a...

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  • Visiting Massoud's tomb

    Ahmed Shah Massoud was the former Northern Alliance leader, foreign minister following the Soviet withdrawal, and the Mujahiddin's most famous leader. He was assasinated 2 days before 9/11and to many Afghans is the Martyr of all Martyrs. Around Kabul his face is everywhere. The trip from Kabul to the Punjshir valley is a journey in itself. Numerous...

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  • Getting lost in downtown Herat

    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...

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