Afghanistan Travel Guide

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    Just leaving Herat during one of my...
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    Afghan women walking across the mountain
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See all 139 Kabul Tips
  • Find a car service if you're not...

    Kabul Transportation

    Traveling around Kabul is very dangerous. Find a car service that the hotel you are staying with trusts. As you call them make sure that the driver can speak your language well enough. Foreigners can make some people nervous as they think that they may be targeted if they seem like a spot where foreigners hang out. So make sure your driver knows...

  • Kabul Serena Hotel

    Kabul Hotels

    After almost 4 years in Afghanistan, for a change, I thought of spending some nights in the most...

  • Alcohol in Kabul, Afghanistan

    Kabul Favorites

    Another member stated do not bring alcohol into Afghanistan or it will be confiscated. I do not know where that information came from as you are allowed to take in two x one liter bottles of spirit IE vodka, whiskey whatever. You can carry it in using the normal duty free bag quite openly, customs will look and it does not get confiscated and there...


Mazar-e Sharif

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  • Blue mosque

    Mazar-e Sharif Things to Do

    Imam Ali Mosque (Shrine of Hazrat Ali) is always surrounded with thousands of pigeons. It is said, that this place is so holly, that every pigeon get purely white within 40 days. The shrine is blue like sky with a lot of beautiful mosaics, yellow or dark blue. It is not allowed to entry for non-muslims, but i think it is so gorgeous, that it is...

  • Kam Akhtar/Eid ul-Fitr (or just Eid)

    Mazar-e Sharif Local Customs

    This is not really a local custom but we arrived near the end of Ramadan and I had never been in any other predominantly Muslim environments at this time of the year, so Mazar-e Sharif was the first place that I ever experienced Eid. Ramadan is the Islamic holy month of fasting and self-consecration to Allah. Eid ul-Fitr is a three day holiday...

  • Horsecart

    Mazar-e Sharif Transportation

    I know in most of the countries, especially in Europe going by a horsecart is something special and you have to pay a lot of money to use it. Mostly, tourists use the horsecart for example here in Prague to go around, but in my country Afghanistan horsecart is used as a normal way of transportation and it is a lot cheaper than Taxi. Horsecart was...



See all 49 Bamiyan Tips
  • Sites to see in Bamyan

    Bamiyan Things to Do

    Once you make it to Bamyan, you can check-in at one of two hotes there, then organize your sight seeing trips.There are a few nice places to visit.Obviously, the Buddha site is the most interesting. It is close to the city, ans one can easily walk there.The Red City is 20 minutes by taxi, from the city. Then it takes 15 minutes to walk to the top,...

  • Hike or drive - look at the mountains!

    Bamiyan Things to Do

    You will need the best hiking shoes. Stones, sands, slopes - they make hiking not easy. The sights of Grand Canyon-like mountains make you forget the difficulties.

  • Don't mind the crowd

    Bamiyan Things to Do

    Afghan people are kind-hearted although they are not wealthy. If you see crowds, don't be scared. Unlike in other countries where they would gather if guys are fighting or is being mobbed, in Afghanistan, they gather together if somebody's playing a musical instrument, if there's a film shooting, if guys are having fun dancing their steps "Atan"....



See all 8 Jalalabad Tips
  • Travel Warning

    Jalalabad Warnings and Dangers

    Apart from international staff work for INGOs or UN agencies, as far as I know there is no single traveller interested to discover Jalalabad yet. The number of international staff non UN are 35 persons only until the moment I built my webpage.Threat of kidnapping especially to foreigners, suicide bombers, rocket missiles done by Taliban, Al-Qaeda,...

  • Be ready!!!

    Jalalabad What to Pack

    Muslim style clothing for women for summer season: sjaal is a must to cover the head, baggy clothes no tight clothes, "european style winter clothes", "punjabi" style, if possible "chadari" or "burqa". For (young) man: jeans, t-shirt, ... but afghan style man clothing is preferable. Sport shoes, sandal, slippers, socks Bring your own complete...

  • Fresh fruits throughout the year

    Jalalabad Restaurants

    Throughout the year, Jalalabad has variety of fruits in the market. Autumn and winter: banana, orange called "kino". Summer and spring: melon, watermelon, mango, grape. The price is very cheap. All the fruits are ripen from the trees and most of them are brought from Pakistan. So easy for me to make fresh natural fruit juice during the hot season:...



See all 9 Kandahar Tips
  • the mess

    Kandahar Restaurants

    the army mess-- fixed time for meals of course- airconditioned- guns on the floor- diet pepsi cans in hand- huge big men in uniform and a few women- going chomp chomp...a bit too early for me usually- each meal. later i would end up feeding upon the packed MRE meals that were lying around at the media room...

  • not a great many options...

    Kandahar Transportation

    while figuring out ways to get from kabul to kandahar, there were two modes to consider- road and road, it takes almost two days, and we were advised not to venture out without a band of armed guards. that option was quickly consigned to the air- some journalists often take a ride on american military helicopters and airplanes...

  • chopper in chopper out!

    Kandahar Off The Beaten Path

    i was told that servicing a helicopter can take upto a month back in america. here they turn them around in just a few days...blackhawk, chinook, and apache helicopters are usually lying there opened up and bieng worked upon.


Pol-e Khomri

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    by Nourin Updated May 16, 2005

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    Go to Samangan (Aibak) and see Takht-e Rustam; The Throne of Rustam, a king and hero from Persian mythology, is a round stone Buddhist hill temple with a cave monastery. Dating from the 4th and 5th centuries, it rose in three levels for the king (uppermost), his court (middle level) and commoners (ground level). There is a cave inside the hill and a square building on top. Outside there are two conference halls; one is 22 metres by 22 metres and the other is round. This site has been cleaned and de-mined and has a security guard, although there has been little problem with looting here.

    Takht-e rRstam
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