Mazar-e Sharif Travel Guide

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Mazar-e Sharif Things to Do

  • Blue mosque

    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...

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  • Shrine to Ali

    It can't be missed -- this stunning blue tiled mausoleum in the middle of Mazar is probably one of the most beautiful Islamic buildings in the world.You can walk around the grounds once you've left your shoes at the gate. I was told not to enter the very centre of the building but was able to go inside. The outside is much nicer --you don't miss...

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  • Shrine to Ali

    It can't be missed -- this stunning blue tiled mausoleum in the middle of Mazar is probably one of the most beautiful Islamic buildings in the world.You can walk around the grounds once you've left your shoes at the gate. I was told not to enter the very centre of the building but was able to go inside. The outside is much nicer --you don't miss...

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Mazar-e Sharif Restaurants

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    by Cdnexpat Written Jul 26, 2005

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    The restaurant is part of the largest hotel in town. It has an indoor dining room and a large outdoor area in a park like setting. At my last visit there a month ago, I enjoyed the biggest and best tasting kebabs in many years.

    Favorite Dish: Definitely kebabs are the specilty here, but they also have very tasty mantous, good chicken and other Afghan dishes.

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Mazar-e Sharif Transportation

  • Horsecart

    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...

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  • Mazar to Dushanbe

    The bus station in Mazar is a few hundred meters east of the shrine, across from the university. Taxis east to Konduz leave from here (buses to Kabul seem to leave from the area just south of the shrine).The taxi to Konduz takes 5.5 hours and one seat cost me 350 Afghanis ($7US).From Konduz to the border the whole car cost me 400 Afghanis ($8US)....

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  • Kam Air/ Ariana Afghan offices

    Kam Air and Ariana seem to share the same office. It is on the street heading south from the shrine, about 100 meters down on the west side. Look for the signs.Kabul to Mazar on a Kam Air An-24 cost me about $32US.

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Mazar-e Sharif Shopping

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    Nabil's Superstore

    by Cdnexpat Written Jul 28, 2005

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    At Nabil's expats can find a variety of imported food, even cat food if they want a change from local cuisine. Not everything is there all tha time, but they make an effort to keep the custommers happy. This is almost a meeting place for foreigners.

    What to buy: This is the place for cigarettes, canned and dry imported food. You can even find syrup for your pancakes. Sliced bread is sometimes available, but most expats prefer the local nun.

    What to pay: The prices are reasonnable, considering that this is all imported from Iran, Pakistan, or Uzbekistan. There you can find probably the least expensive cigarettes in the world, legally. Korean cigarettes (ESSE and PINE) are now sold 3.00 USD a box of 200.

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Mazar-e Sharif Local Customs

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

    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...

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  • Candys

    The best candy ever i had is called Shirpera and it is the one on the top of the photo. Something like milk chocolate with nuts, delicious! Then almonds in sugar, raisins, big sugar and again sugar called Qand, totally pure.

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  • Nice and friendly people

    If I have ever met Afghan, it was always nice man. They are very friendly, try to help and talk to you. If you as: How are you? They reply fine. They are always satisfied with life, not like in Czech. They enjoy the life as much as they can, although it is not easy there.

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Mazar-e Sharif Favorites

  • by jkseddon Written Feb 25, 2005

    Favorite thing: Internet access with decent speed can be found about 200 meters west of the Shrine on the south side of the street. It's up a few flights of stairs so can be difficult to spot. Look for signs or failing that, ask boys or younger men who might know it for the gaming.
    Access is 60Af per hour.
    Get there outside of prayer times and be sure to be finished up before sunset.

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