Travelling to Afghanistan

Travelling to Afghanistan

In today’s society Afghanistan is probably not going to be your number one holiday destination. Being an active war zone really makes you think twice before even considering a location for a holiday. Why would you want to take your family to a location where the odds of survival are not at their highest?

All that being said, Afghanistan is a beautiful country full of culture and riches. I would urge you to consider the tourism options available there, but maybe wait till the war completely subsides first…

Where is this country? The Asian continent; in a position that links the Middle East, Central Asia and the Indian Subcontinent.

What is the capital? Kabul.

What’s the population? 31,890,000 (at time of publication of this article)

What languages do they speak there?Arabic, Balochi, Dari, Nuristani, Pamiri, Pashai, Pashto, Turkmen, Uzbek

When should I go? The best time to visit is between September and November. The weather is at it’s best.

Is it expensive? Simply put it varies. Accommodation will be very high. So expect to pay top dollar for a good hotel. On the other hand, food, travel and daily expensive are extremely cheap.

Afghanistan is full of gems that are a wonder to see. There is so much culture to absorb and so many different new types of experiences to get involved in. There is a strong following for Islam and Buddhism in Afghanistan. If I go to Afghanistan where should I go??


Kabul

Kabul, the capital city of Afghanistan is a hostile war zone. It used to be a beautiful city, but since 9/11 war has really affected this city. On a daily basis, buildings change. When old ones fall, the locals are quick to clear up and start redeveloping. They are a very warm people who want to create a lasting legacy for their city. A city that picks itself up whenever somebody tries to push them over.

Unfortunately they don’t do as well as they had hoped. Many people do live on the streets, especially the poorer people. The poorer areas are always the last to be redeveloped. There are many areas of the city without running water or electricity.

Buddha's at Bamiyan
Buddha's at Bamiyan
Mosque at Herat
Mosque at Herat

Herat

Herat is a town that is well known for being part of the Silk Road. It is right in the middle of the trade routes that lead towards the Middle East, India and Central Asia. Herat has always been a rich powerful city, and even today it is one of the least war affected regions of Afghanistan. In the past the British and Russian army have invaded here, so there is a lot left in ruins, but it is still a sight to see. The mosque of Herat is one of the most magnificent buildings ever constructed. This town is very different from Kabul, and feels like a very different country. There Is agood water and power supply in this area.

Balkh & Mazar-e Sharif

Balkh is a place you have to visit if you are going to Afghanistan. It is one of the oldest places in Afghanistan, and one of the oldest historical places in the world.

Some people say the town was set up by Noah; after the great flood. It is also known to be the birth place of Zoraster, founder of the Zoroastrian religion. The city is also the place where the Persian Empire held their last stand against the Greeks. Through the years many important evens have taken place in the small confines of this town, and it is worth a visit. Many historical areas have been untouched for hundreds of years. The town is not far from Mazar-e Sharif, a good place to base yourself if you visit.

Mazar-e Sharif is a city that rose to fame for having a very important Muslim shrine. For many years people believed Ali, the Prophet Mohammed’s son in law was buried in a hidden tomb in the city. This turned it into a pilgrimage sight. Today the city is a mix of cultures. Many Tajiks, Uzbeks and Hazaras all live in the city. It is a great melting pot of cultures and cuisines.

Bamiyan

Bamiyan, one of the poorest parts of Afghanistan sits surrounded by beauty. It is one of the most tranquil spots you will ever find. It has been a very important spot for Buddhist pilgrimage, but unfortunately due to the war that has changed. Two giant statues of Buddha that dominated the landscape now lie in destruction.

Bamiyan has a strong history on the Silk Road, and has always been a passing point for travellers. There is much culture to pick up here as travellers from different destinations settled here.

There are many great places to see and visit in Afghanistan. Before you go make sure you do a lot of research. Here travel insurance is a must, and know where your home embassy is. If there is a problem be sure to call them. This is a truly beautiful country, and don’t let the opportunity of visiting it slip away.

Herat

Herat is a town that is well known for being part of the Silk Road. It is right in the middle of the trade routes that lead towards the Middle East, India and Central Asia. Herat has always been a rich powerful city, and even today it is one of the least war affected regions of Afghanistan. In the past the British and Russian army have invaded here, so there is a lot left in ruins, but it is still a sight to see. The mosque of Herat is one of the most magnificent buildings ever constructed. This town is very different from Kabul, and feels like a very different country. There Is agood water and power supply in this area.

Balkh & Mazar-e Sharif

Balkh is a place you have to visit if you are going to Afghanistan. It is one of the oldest places in Afghanistan, and one of the oldest historical places in the world.

Some people say the town was set up by Noah; after the great flood. It is also known to be the birth place of Zoraster, founder of the Zoroastrian religion. The city is also the place where the Persian Empire held their last stand against the Greeks. Through the years many important evens have taken place in the small confines of this town, and it is worth a visit. Many historical areas have been untouched for hundreds of years. The town is not far from Mazar-e Sharif, a good place to base yourself if you visit.

Mazar-e Sharif is a city that rose to fame for having a very important Muslim shrine. For many years people believed Ali, the Prophet Mohammed’s son in law was buried in a hidden tomb in the city. This turned it into a pilgrimage sight. Today the city is a mix of cultures. Many Tajiks, Uzbeks and Hazaras all live in the city. It is a great melting pot of cultures and cuisines.

Bamiyan

Bamiyan, one of the poorest parts of Afghanistan sits surrounded by beauty. It is one of the most tranquil spots you will ever find. It has been a very important spot for Buddhist pilgrimage, but unfortunately due to the war that has changed. Two giant statues of Buddha that dominated the landscape now lie in destruction.

Bamiyan has a strong history on the Silk Road, and has always been a passing point for travellers. There is much culture to pick up here as travellers from different destinations settled here.

There are many great places to see and visit in Afghanistan. Before you go make sure you do a lot of research. Here travel insurance is a must, and know where your home embassy is. If there is a problem be sure to call them. This is a truly beautiful country, and don’t let the opportunity of visiting it slip away.

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c1234rystal 5 years ago

Nice hub! I'm glad that you're exposing the riches of Afghanistan by letting people know that there's more to the country than war. I've never been, but Central Asia seems like quite an interesting and mysterious place to me and I'd love to see it someday. It's a shame that traveling there is so difficult and dangerous now...


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Kathleen Cochran 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Welcome to Hub Pages. You've written on a very interesting subject and a rarely covered subject. I have a son in Mazar-e Sharif so your hub instantly caught my eye.


Rashid 4 years ago

Hi. Great Hub. I agree with you that it is totally worth a visit, myself being born there. I can tell you it is a magical place, and as a race of people, we need tourism to survive, we really do love people and you will find all locals incredibly nice and helpful.

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