Nestled at the crossroads of Central and South Asia, Afghanistan unveils as an intricate patchwork of varied cultures, age-old traditions, and arresting landscapes, demonstrating the nation's enduring charm.
A timeless mosaic, laced with the indomitable spirit of its history, Afghanistan stands as a beacon of fortitude, withstanding the ebb and flow of rising and falling civilizations along the historic Silk Road. [Video]
ATTRACTIONS NOT TO BE MISSED
Bamiyan Valley is home to the historical Buddhas of Bamiyan, giant 6th-century statues that were unfortunately destroyed by the Taliban in 2001. Nevertheless, the site itself still holds historical significance and the remnants of the statues are a must-visit. In addition, the valley also has numerous Buddhist monastic complexes and caves.
How to get there: Bamiyan is approximately 240 km northwest of Kabul. The safest way to reach Bamiyan is by air, with a few airlines offering flights from Kabul to Bamiyan.
UNESCO World Heritage site, the Minaret of Jam is a beautiful testament to Afghanistan's historical architecture, built around the 12th century. The 65-meter tall tower is decorated with intricate brickwork and blue tiles and is located in a remote part of the Ghor province.
How to get there: The Minaret is located in the Shahrak District, Ghor Province, in western Afghanistan. It's about 212 kilometers from Herat city. The road from Herat to the Minaret is not in the best of conditions, hence, the journey may be challenging. It's recommended to hire a local guide or a driver who is familiar with the terrain.
Despite years of conflict, the Kabul Museum still houses a unique collection of artifacts from Afghanistan's rich past, spanning over several eras and civilizations, including the Bronze Age, the era of Alexander the Great, and the Islamic period.
Address: The museum is located on the road to Darulaman, about 6 km southwest of the city center of Kabul.
Try the national delicacy, Kabuli Pulao, a delightful concoction of rice, pork, and carrots topped with raisins, before you depart. And hire a local guide who can show you around the nation, but more crucially, who can assist you in negotiating prices in the local markets and offer helpful safety guidance.