Afghanistan is a landlocked country between Near East and Indoasia and is at the heart of Asia, traditionally part of the Greater Middle East region, it is bordered by Pakistan to the south and east, Iran to the west, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan to the north is shown in Map of Afghanistan. There is a short border with Occupied Turkestan in China to the far northeast but in extremely inaccessible terrain.Afghanistan lowest point is the Amu Darya at 242m, and the highest is Nowshak at 7,489m. Afghanistan is an ethnically diverse country. Tribal and local allegiances are strong, which complicates national politics immensely.The largest ethnic group is the Pashtun, followed by Tajik, Hazara, Uzbek and others.Map of Afghanistan is shown below.
Afghanistan has been the centre of many powerful empires for the past 2,000 years. However, in the last 30 years the country has been in chaos due to major wars — from the Soviet invasion of 1979 to their withdrawal in 1989 and from warlordism to the removal of the Taliban in 2001 and the ensuing American and NATO invasion. The country is currently going through a nation-wide rebuilding process.Throughout its history, Afghanistan has been a country united against invaders but divided against itself. Its allure, spread by Great Game romantics and travel literature alike, has only been heightened by its inaccessibility over the last 30 years.
The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office advises against all but essential travel to Afghanistan. Please check with your relevant national government.
Afghanistan is a gorgeous country. It’s housed many religions and been the heart of many empires. Hospitality flows in Afghans’ blood, and the food is a mouthwatering mix of Persian, Central Asian, and South Asian influences. It’s easy to see why one would want to travel there.Afghanistan is definitely the place for the most breathtaking mountains, preserved nature and endless outdoor beauty.The most pleasant weather in Kabul is during April, May and September.
The mountains of Afghanistan are stunning. plains in north and south-west.The Hindu Kush mountains are geographical backbone of Afghanistan run northeast to south-west, dividing the northern provinces from the rest of the country, with the highest peaks found in the northern Wakhan Corridor. South of Kandahar is a desert. Kandahar is beautiful in many places.
Afghanistan had formed part of the original overland hippie trail, beguiling its visitors with great mountain ranges, a rich mix of cultures – and the Afghan people themselves, who greeted all with an easy charm and ready hospitality.A battered, but beautiful and proud country, Afghanistan’s road to recovery lies as strewn with pitfalls as ever, and the resilience of its people remains under strain.Here is Map of Afghanistan.
- PANJSHIR VALLEY
- SALANG PASS
- SHRINE OF ALI
- BUDDHAS OF BAMYAN
- MINARETS OF HERAT
- BAND-E AMIR
Afghanistan is a multilingual country in which two languages – Persian (Dari) and Pashto are both officials with Persian being most widely spoken in the country. People will generally call Dari “Farsi”, though it’s slightly different from its Iranian counterpart. Dari is more commonly spoken in the north and west, while Pashto, the language of the Pashtun people, is spoken in the south and in the regions close to the Pakistan border. However, many Pashtuns also speak Dari.
English is not commonly spoken in Afghanistan outside of Kabul, and even there, it’s limited. It would behove you to learn to read and pronounce Persian numerals, and ask basic questions in Farsi/Dari such as “How much?” and “Where is…?”
- Visit Gardens of Babur
- Explore history in Kabul Museum and Landmine Museum
- Chicken Street – old tourist giftshops from the Hippy Trail days
- Take a day trip to Panjshir Valley (Nature, destroyed tanks, Massoud’s tomb)
- Explore Salang Pass most scenic and adventurous drives
- Visit Darul Aman Palace is arguably one of the most famous war ruins in the world
- Share good stories with local over a cup of green tea.
- Go and watch a Buzkashi game.
- Visit markets located right in the heart of Afghanistan’s capital
- Discover the ethnic diversity
“TRAVEL IS ONLY THING YOU BUY, THAT’S MAKE YOU RICHER.”