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Back in the early 1970s, over 100,000 tourists a year came from all over the world to visit Afghanistan. They came to experience the unique beauty and the warm hospitality, that had made this country famous with adventurous travellers everywhere. In spite of four decades of war, the beauty and hospitality of this country remain outstanding. Visitors are still greeted with the widest of smiles and the vibrant street life and breath-taking scenery leave unforgettable impressions. For even the most well-travelled world explorers, a trip to Afghanistan is often the trip of a lifetime.
On our tours through Afghanistan you will experience more than five thousand years of our history and dazzling scenic beauty, including :
- The World-Heritage-listed site of the two 6th century Buddha statues of Bamyan. Although the statues themselves were destroyed by the Taliban in 2001, the immense niches where the Buddhas stood, and the surrounding complex of caves and temples are still an extraordinary historic site to explore
- The tomb of Hazrat Ali, also known as “The Blue Mosque,” in Mazar-e Sharif, was originally built over a thousand years ago. The current building dates from the 15th century. It’s exquisite tiled decoration and great flocks of white doves, always offer the visitor stunning photo opportunities.
- The magnifcient Herat citadel, which dates back to 330 BC, was restored by UNESCO in the 1970s, and completely restored again betwenen 2006 and 2011.
- The deep lapis-lazuli waters of the Band-e Amir lakes in Afghanistan’s first National Park, make a striking contrast to the muted colors of the surrounding mountains.
"Let's be friends Afghanistan" was established in 2015 to once again welcome visitors from around the world to Afghanistan. Our team of guides are waiting to show you the magnificence of our home country, in complete comfort, safety and security.
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Tourism in Afghanistan
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Toursim in Afghanistan:
Tourism in Afghanistan was at its glorious best in the 1970s. Over 90,000 tourists visited Afghanistan from all over the world to see the unique beauty of the Country and experience the treat of one of the most hospitable group of people. Today, despite decades of war, Kabul remains a fascinating city that embraces both the old and the new. With the ever increasing presence of the international community and the ongoing redevelopment projects, Kabul has been given a touch of modern architecture that gives the city hope of a peaceful and prosperous future.
Afghanistan has a history of more than six thousand years, with many historical sights and attractions, among these are the more than two thousand year old famous Buddha Statues, the tomb of Hazrate Ali (the son in law of Prophet Mohammed p.b.u.h and the fourth caliph of Islam) in Mazar-e Sharif, the beautiful city of Balkh (also known as the Mother City of all Cities), the lakes of Band-e Amir, the deep lapis lazuli blue of the waters are a shocking contrast to the plain colours of the surrounding mountains.
Afghanistan has also been of great strategic importance for invading armies, from Genghis Khan to Alexander the Great. All these armies have left astonishing trails behind, trails that have been forgotten due to decades of war but are yet to be discovered. The Government is working to rebuild the war torn infrastructure of Afghanistan, a major project to develop transport links and a nationwide telecommunication link between Kabul and the other provinces has being established.
Furthermore, to assist the Tourism Industry of Afghanistan, the Government strongly encourages and offers its full support to the private sector to invest into the Tourism Industry. With ever increasing global tourism, the Afghan Tourist Industry has tremendous potential to become profitable. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan is willing to support any attempt that will further develop the tourism industry of Afghanistan.
Places of Interest:
Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan since 1776, is a fast growing city where tall modern buildings nuzzle against bustling bazaars, wide avenues are filled with colorful flowing turbans, gaily striped chapans (cloak) and a multitude of handsome faces. The city is ringed with mountains gleaming emerald green in spring and glistening white in winter. In summer, they have an ever changing beauty turning from deep purple to brilliant pink under the rising and setting sun. Two craggy ranges crowned with ancient bastions divide the city and the Kabul River flows through a narrow pass between them to meander through the heart of the city. Travelers have written glowingly of Kabul for centuries and modern visitors continue to be captivated by its charm.
Photo Gallery of Kabul's New face after the fundamentalist regime of Taliban
Major Places of Interest in Kabul
Rising above the plain, the citadel (ca. 6 th C. A.D.) served for centuries as the seat of the rulers of Afghanistan. It witnessed most of the exciting events of the country's history until 1880, when it was destroyed during the Second Anglo-Afghan War.
Amir Abdur Rahman (1880-1901) built this citadel to replace the Bala Hissar palaces. Within the Arg are the Salam Khana (Hall of Salutation) and the Dilkosha Palace (Heart's Delight). Presently, it houses the Presidential Offices and Mohammad Zahir Shah, the former Monarch's Residence.
OLD CITY WALLS:
The ancient walls of Kabul begin at Bala Hissar. They are 7 meters high, 3meters thick and assigned to the Hephthalite period (5 th Century A.D.).
The tomb of Timur Shah, son of Ahmad Shah Durrani, who moved the capital from Kandahar to Kabul, was built in 1817.
A charming landmark of the city is the mausoleum of Amir Abdur Rahman, one of Afghanistan's most dynamic rulers. It stands in Zarnegar Park, in the center of the city as a fine example of 19 th Century architecture remaining in Kabul.
The imposing white-marbled, blue domed mausoleum of Nadir Shah stands on the hill known as Tapa Maranjan overlooking Kabul.
A graceful, many domed palace glimmers on a hill to the north of the city. Built as a summer residence with a huge swimming pool and surrounded by pine trees, it is currently being refurbished as a Foreign Ministry guest house for foreign dignitaries.
Laid out by Babur, the founder of the Moghul Dynasty, in the middle of the 16 th Century, the gardens include a summer pavilion added by Amir Abdur Rahman Khan, a commemorative mosque built by Emperor Shah Jahan and the tomb of Babur himself. Babur died in Agra in 1530 but he so loved these gardens that he asked to be buried here, a wish which was fulfilled by his Afghan wife Bibi Mobaraka.
Located at Darulaman, contains an impressive collection of artifacts illustrating Afghanistan's past from prehistory to modern times.
Kabul's many colorful bazaars attract a large numbers of visitors for shopping and sightseeing. Kocha-e-Murgha (Chicken Street) in Shahr-e-Now is the most famous.
Kabul has many interesting mosque. The most famous ones in the center of the city are:
Masjide Pule Kheshti
Masjide Shahe Du Shamshira
Masjide Sherpur (Blue Mosque)
Masjide ld Gah
Masjide Sayed Majnun Shah.
Istalif lies to the north of Kabul in the Koh Daman, a valley ringed by barren hills dotted with villages nestled within green orchards. It is one of the largest, most ancient and lovelies of all the valleys. Istalif is famous for its green and blue pottery and its picturesque bazaar. A visit to this place combines beautiful scenery with an introduction to Afghan Village life.
Belonging to the Shamali Plains, the area is famous for over 100 types of grapes.
Afghanistan is a country if impressive gorges and the Kabul Gorge (Tange Gharu) is it's most spectacular. A large piquet house stands at the top of the gorge from where one can savor this fantastic scenery at leisure. 3 km of switchback road leads down to the foot giving a full experience of its ruggedness.
An interesting historical site of the 4 th Century standing on a platform having a square base with Corinthian columns; statues once occupied the niches. The walls present a fine example of Kushan workmanship known as diaper masonry. The stupa was originally plastered and painted ochre-yellow with red designs.
Paghman is the most favored summer resort of Kabul. The imposing victory arch, standing in the central square, was built by King Amanullah in commemoration of the War of Independence in 1919. The road passes by the Baghe Umumi (Public Garden) where tea and snacks are served. Returning to Kabul, one may pass by Kargha Lake with the Spozhmay (moonlight) restaurant and the Kabul Golf Course, established by Amir Habibullah Khan in early 1900s.
Ghazni, an important market town, particularly famous for embroidered sheepskin coats, was the dazzling capital of Ghaznavid Empire from 994-1160 encompassing much of northern India, Persia and Central Asia. Many campaigns into India were launched from here resulting in the spread if Islam to the East. This glorious city was razed to the ground by Arab invaders in 869, by the Ghorid Sultan Alauddin in 1151 and by Genghis Khan in 1221.The city did not recover its former grandeur, however, it enjoys a strategic position in the country's economy.
Major Places of Interest in Ghazni:
One of the most imposing fortresses to be seen in Afghanistan, destroyed during the First Anglo-Afghan War, rebuilt, however, but never to regain its previous splendor.
Palace of Sultan Massoud III:
The very centre of the Ghaznavid Court is a vast complex including a throne room, government offices, soldiers' quarters, a mosque with its minarets and pockets of gardens in addition to the royal apartment.
The two remaining Minarets in Ghazni, built by Sultan Masoud III (1099-1114) and Bahram Shah (1118-1152), now only a fraction of their original height, served as models for the spectacular tower of Jam (built in 1194) which in turn inspired the Qutob Minar at Delhi. The intricate decoration is in square Kufic and Noskhi script, in addition to panels of floral and geometric designs. The minaret of Sultan Masoud is more elaborate.
Other Interesting sites:
Other places of interest include the Mausoleum of Sultan Mahmud, Museum of Islamic Art, Tapa sardar Stupa and the Tomb of Fateh Khan Barakzai.
Kandahar, the birthplace and first capital of modern Afghanistan, founded by Ahmad Durrani in 1747, today home to less than a million people, is located on the Asia Highway halfway between Kabul and Herat. The area is rich with ancient history. Here, Alexander the Great founded Alexandria of Arachosia and the region was repeatedly fought over for by the Staffavids and Moghuls. It was the independent minded Afghans of Kandahar, first under the leadership of Mirwais Hotaki, its mayor and then of Ahmad Shah Durrani, who hastened the decline of both empires and annexed much of their territories to the young Afghan Kingdom in the 18 th Century.
Major Places of Interest in Kandahar:
This shrine containing the cloak of the Prophet Mohammed is the most sacred one in Afghanistan. This relic was brought to Kandahar by Ahmad Shah Durrani.
This interesting monument consists of 40 stairs leading to a chamber carved into a rock. Inside is an inscription stating that it was built by Babur, the founder of the Moghul Empire, and listing the domains of the Emperor.
Other Interesting Sites:
Zor Shar (Old City), Shrine of Haratji Baba, Shrine of Baba Wali, Charsuq (Bazar of 4 arcades).
Mausoleums of Ahmad Shah Durrani and Mir Wais
Lashkargah is the capital of the Helmand Province, built around the Helmand Arghandab Valley Authority which seeks to transform the deserts of the region into fertile fields as green as they were centuries ago before conquerors and anarchy consigned them to their present barrenness.
Ancient Lashkargah Bost, now lies to the south of the modern administrative town. Bost is recognized in the Zoroastian hymns of the AVESTA, in Achaemenid town lists and in 1st Century accounts. These references, however, are vague but there is no doubt that the citadel was taken by Arab conquerors around 661A.D. In the 9 th Century, the city grew to become the second city of the southwest. An Arab traveler in the middle of the 11the century describes the city as: " .one of the principle cities in the province of Seistan, except Zaranj, no city is larger. The inhabitants are polite and generous..It is a city well supplied with provision, fruits and dates." From the 11 th until the middle of the 12 Century, Bost prospered as the winter capital of the Ghaznavids, was burned and looted in 1151 by the Ghorids and then completely demolished by Genghis Khan in 1220.
Today the remains of the great palace of Mosoud still give the visitor an idea of the splendor of the court if what was then the greatest Empire of the East. The most remarkable monument is the magnificently decorated arch which has a span of 80feet.
This history of Herat has been one of repeated destruction and reconstruction. Conqueror after conqueror, from the time of Alexander the Great, has taken it, destroyed it and then rebuilt it. In the 4 th Century B.C. Alexander the Great built the fort which is still standing in the center of the City. From 1040 to 1175 the city was ruled by the Seljuks who defeated the Ghaznavids and destroyed the fortress. Herat was then captured by the Ghorids until the city fell under the control of the Khwarazm Empire. In 1221, Herat was taken by the Mongols and Tuli, the son of Genghis Khan, who ruled for a time, but the citizens revolted and killed the Mongol garrison chief. Extremely angered, Genghis Khan rode upon the city with 80, 000 troops and besieged it for six months, leaving only forty people living. In 1245, Herat was given to the Kart Maliks. Tamerlane destroyed Herat in 1381. However, his son, ShahRukh, rebuilt it and started the cultural renaissance which made it the center of learning and culture. During the Timurid rule, the famous poet of Herat, Jami and the miniaturist, Behzad were born, Queen Gawhar Shad's Musalla was built and Gazergah restored. For the second time in its history, the city flourished. In 1718 the Afghan clan Chief Hotaki, struggled for Herat's independence which continued until 1880, when finally the city became an integral part of Afghanistan.
Photo Gallery of Herat's New face after the fundamentalist regime of Taliban
Major Places of Interest in Herat:
This fort, originally built by Alexander the Great, suffered repeated attacks over the history, but still dominates the landscape of Herat. Held by the Ghaznavids, the Seljuks, the Ghorids, the Mongols, the Timurids, the Safavids and others, the citadel is a reminder of the times of kings, conquerors and great pageantry.
This great mosque, in the center of the city has been a place of worship since the time of Zoroaster. Rebuilt several times, the mosque now stands in perfect splendor.
The Great Mosque, Herat
The tomb of the famous 11 th Century poet and mystic Khaja Abdullah Ansari was restored by Shah Rukh in 1428. Inside the courtyard lies the tomb of Amir Dost Mohammad Khan.
Gawhar Shad's Mausoleum:
This mausoleum was built for Gawhar Shad, wife of Shah Rukh, youngest son of Tamerlane. The brightly colored, ribbed domes were very popular with the Timurids.
One of the greatest 15 th Century poets, Mawlana Nuruddin Abdur Rahman Jami, born in 1414, achieved widespread fame during his lifetime. He died in Herat in 1492 and is buried in a grave unadorned, save for a pistachio tree which has sprung from the tomb itself.
Today, only six of the original twelve minarets remain of Queen Shad's great Musalla complex, built in the late 1400's. It was the Queen's contribution to the Timurid Empire during a period of cultural accomplishments. It consisted of a madrassa or place of learning and a musalla or place of worship. These magnificent buildings flanked by the minarets had been described at one time as the most imposing and eloquent structures to be seen in all Asia.
Herat's Bazzars are full of fascination and color and were once an important trading centre at the caravan route from Europe to China. Today, items of interest to visitors include the famous hand-woven Herati Carpets and the beautiful and rustic blue glass produced by the traditional glass blowers of the city.
THE ROAD TO BALKH
The road to Balkh crosses the Hindukush via Salang Pass through the highest tunnel in the world (3363m). A drive over this pass offers, besides scenic beauty, a thrilling experience of high altitude.
En route about 240 km from Kabul (12 km from Pule khumiri) lies Surkh Kotal, site of a great religious temple, founded 130 in A.D. by Knishka the Great, King of the Kushans. It is one of Afghanistan's most important archeological sites, which was finally burned by the Hephthalites, nomadic rivals and ultimate successor to the Kushans. 70 km further north lies Aibak, the capital of the Samangan province. 2 km nearby is an important Buddhist site, dating back to the 4th Century A.D., locally known as Takhte Rustam (Rustam's Throne). Rustam, the hero of Firdausi's great epic, the Shahnama (Book of Kings), written in Ghazni around 1010, married the beautiful daughter of the King of Samangan, Tahma. The stupa cave crowns the hill in front of the monastery which was most probably destroyed by Hephthalites around 460 A.D. 60 km north is Tashkurghan (Khulm) with one of the last traditional Central Asian Covered Bazzars left in Afghanistan. A stroll through this bazaar is special interest. So are the Bala Hissar, the charming palace of Amir Abdur Rahman (Baghe Jahan Numa) and the tomb of Qilich Ali Beg, the most notable ruler of Khulm (1786-1817).
The famous blue mosque. Mazar-e Sharif
Mazar-e Sharif, the capital of Balkh province, is a major trading center famous for Karakul, a great variety of traditional Turkman carpets and high-quality, long-staple cotton. The city is named for the magnificent shrine of Hazarate Ali, cousin and son-in law of Prophet Mohammed, the Fourth Caliph of Islam. Hazarate Ali was assassinated in 661 and buried at Kufa, near Baghdad. Local tradition, however, relates that his followers, fearing enemies may take revenge on the body, placed his remains on a white she-camel which wandered until she fell exhausted. On this spot the body was buried. All knowledge of the final resting place was lost until its existence was revealed and the great Seljuk Sultan Sanjar ordered a shrine built here in 1136. Genghis Khan destroyed this building and again the grave lay unmarked until a second revelation during the reign of the Timurid Sultan Husain Baiqara. He ordered an elaborate shrine constructed in 1481. None of the 15th Century decoration remains but modern restoration has returned the building to its original beauty. Thousands of white pigeons make their home there. Amir Sher Ali Khan lies buried here with other member of Amir Dost Mohammad's family. The largest tomb is that of the Amir's illustrious son, Mohammed Akbar Khan, who played a prominent role during the First Anglo-Afghan War of 1838-1842.
Mazar-e Sharif is visited by countless pilgrims throughout the year and particularly on Nawroz (21 March) when the great Janda (religious banner) is raised to announce the beginning of spring and the coming of the New Year which is the most elaborately celebrated festival in Afghanistan.
Balkh, today only a small town, is very famous for its glorious past. Zoroaster preached here sometime in 6th Century B.C. Rites at the shrine to Anahita, Goddess of the Oxus, attracted thousands during the 5 th Century and Alexander the Great chose it for his base in the 4 th Century B.C. Under the Kushans, when Buddhism was practiced throughout Afghanistan, many holy temples flourished in Balkh. The Arabs called Balkh Umm-ul Bilad, the 'mother of cities'. By the 9 th Century, during the rule of the Samanid Dynasty, about 40 Friday Mosques stood within the city.
Major Places of Interest in Balkh:
The Madressa (college) of Sayid Subhan Quli Khan.
The ruins of the ancient city including the old city walls.
The Shrine and Mosque of Khwaja Abu Nasr Parsa.
The tomb of Rabia Balkhi.
The Masjide No Gumbad (Mosque of the nine Domes)
This exquisitely ornamented mosque, also referred to Haji Piyada, is the earliest Islamic monument yet identified in Afghanistan.
Balkhi is the home of Rabia Balkhi, the first poetess of Islamic period and of Mauwlana Jalaluddin Balkhi (Rumi), perhaps the most distinguished Sufi poet. His Masnawi is considered as the greatest poem collection ever written in the Persian language. Balkh's glorious history closed in 1220 when the mounted men of Genghis Khan rode through and left it utterly devastated. The city, nevertheless, lying on an important trade route recovered under the enlightened rule of Shah Rukh and his Queen Gawhar Shad, of Herat.
Jalalabad lies 150 km east of Kabul, passing Kabul Gorge, Naghlu, Sorobi and Darunta Lakes. The capital of Ningrahar province is an oasis ringed by mountains. Palaces, large gardens and tree-lined avenues speak of its long history as a favored winter capital. Today hundreds of small villas indicate its popularity as a resort town. Among many festivities taking place in this city, the most famous and outstanding are the Mushaira or Poet's festival dedicated to Jalalabad's orange blossoms and Waisak, a religious Hindu festival.
Seraj-ul-Emart, the residence of Amir Habibullah and King Amanullah was destroyed in 1929; the gardens however, retain vestiges of the past and offer a peaceful afternoon's stroll. The Mausoleum of both rulers is enclosed by a garden facing Seraj-ul-Emart.
Jalalabad is a junction and as a result, a favored stopover for travelers to Nuristan and Khyber Pass.
11 km south of the city lies Hadda, one of the most sacred spots of Buddhist world dating from the 2nd to the 7th Century A.D. Countless pilgrims from every corner of the earth come to worship at its many holy temples, maintained by thousand of monks and priests living in large monastery complexes. Even during his lifetime, Buddha visited Hadda.
This important archaeologist site is still under excavation with much of it turned into an open air museum.
Nuristan refers to the area of Laghman and Ningrahar inhabited by approximately 600,000 Nuristanis. The area covers approximately 5,000 square miles with five main and numerous side valleys, each inhabited by a separate tribe speaking its own language, which, in many cases are mutually unintelligible and are grouped under the name Dardic, within the Indo-European language family. There are many physical and cultural differences between the people of Nuristan and those living around them.
The fact that they prefer stools and chairs to a rug on the floor is another obvious difference. Nuristani music is quite distinct, as are their instruments, among which the harp is certainly the most noticeable. Alexander the Great invited the young men to join his army for the Indian campaign. They proved their fighting quality with distinction. Many so-called "Greek" motifs and customs found in the Nuristani culture may well date from this experience.
Throughout the centuries that followed, the people of these mountains successfully defied conquest and conversion even as Buddhism and Hinduism were replaced by Islam on the plains below. The Muslims labeled them Kafirs because they worshipped a wide pantheon of nature spirits and practiced other customs incompatible with the Muslim religion.
In 1895 the army of Amir Abdur Rahman finally succeeded in subduing the Kafirs and converted them to Islam. When his victorious army arrived in Kabul, the Amir announced that henceforth Kafiristan (Land of the infidels) was to be known as Nuristan (Land of light).
A large part of Nuristan is inaccessible to all but those on foot for the trails are so difficult and precipitous, the foot-wide bridges, 30 feet and more above angry frothing waters, are so dizzying that horses simply cannot maneuver them.
Perhaps the most dramatic account of the hazards of traveling in Nuristan is told by the great Tamerlane. To subdue this little pocket of dissidents would be nothing for the World Conqueror. Confidence soon turned to despair as he recounts the hardships the terrain inflicted upon him. At one point he was being lowered down the cliffs in a basket, a maneuver unbefitting his image. Equally distressing was the attempt to lower his horses down in the same manner. All but two were dashed to death against the rocks. Tamerlane ends the account of his Nuristani campaign with a prayer of thanks for his deliverance from the inhospitable Kafiristan.
Almost all Nuristani villages are built on the tops of high peaks, the houses spill the mountainside one on top of the other, the roof of one serving as the front porch and playground of the house above. Children play vigorous games on these roofs, hanging precariously over drops of many hundreds of feet, but rarely, so say their parents, do they plunge into the depths below.
Bamiyan, with its archeological remains, is the most conspicuous tourist site of Afghanistan. The village lies about 2500m above sea level, 240km west of Kabul and attracts thousand of visitors annually. The exquisite beauty of this valley is embraced by the snow capped range of the Kohe Baba mountains in the south and in the north by the steep cliffs in which massive images of Buddha are carved. The pastel colors of its surroundings give visitors an impression of the magnificence and serenity of nature.
The area of Bamiyan developed under Kanishka the Great to become a major commercial and religious center and the smaller statue of Buddha (38m high) was built during his reign. Two centuries later the colossal Buddha statue (55mhigh) was carved. Thousands of ornamented caves, inhabited by yellow robed monks, extended into Folladi and Kakrak valleys where a smaller statue of Buddha (6.5m) stands. Pilgrims from the entire Buddhist world pour into Bamiyan to admire its spectacular and sacred sites. Bamiyan fell to the Islamic conquerors in the 9th Century.
Statue of Buddha - Before
After it was destroyed by Taliban Extremists in March 2001
Major Places of Interest in Bamyan:
Bamiyan was destroyed by Genghis Khan in 1221 to revenge the death of his grandson Mutugen. The ruins of the citadel, called 'city of noise', still give evidence of its magnitude before the Mongol devastation.
This mass of ruins was once a principle fortress, protecting the entrance to the city of Bamiyan during the reign of the Shansabani Kings in the 12th and 13th Centuries. It also was a victim of Genghis Khan's vengeance.
This beautiful valley, embraced by picturesque mountains of fascinating formations and glooming ever changing colors, with a clear sparkling stream, full of trout, leads into a breathtaking chasm and is an unforgettable site for every visitor.
Visitors to Afghanistan have marveled at the country's natural beauty. The formidable Hindu Kush, the vast Turkestan plains, and the seclusion of the southern deserts have impressed travelers from Alexander the Great to Marco Polo. It is the unspoiled natural beauty that forms the visitor's first and most enduring impression of the country. But of all the natural wonders of Afghanistan, the lakes of Bande Amir are perhaps the most out-standing. Situated in the mountainous Hazarajat at an altitude of approx.3000m, 75km from Bamiyan, these majestic blue lakes are of legendary beauty.
MINARET OF JAM (Central Route)
Minaret of Jam
The Central route from Kabul to Herat is undoubtedly a fascinating experience but should only be undertaken by adventurous or pioneering travelers. Passing the first highlights, Bamiyan and Bande Amir, this route leads via Panjaw to Cheghcharan, the capital of the Ghor province. The road continues via Sharak towards north, where in a lonely, remote valley, closely surrounded on all sides by towering barren mountains stands the 65m high Minaret of Jam, at the southern bank of the Hari Rod River. Only the Qutob Minar in Delhi, built by Qutbundin after conquering India, is higher. It is the only well preserved architectural monument from the Ghorid period. En route to Herat, the Ghorid tombs of Cheste Sharif and the hot mineral springs of Obay are favored stopovers.
Minaret of Jam
Most road building occurred in the 1960's, funded by the U.S. and the former Soviet Union. In 1964, a road and tunnel was built through the Salang tunnel, connecting northern and southern Afghanistan. A highway connecting the principal cities of Heart, Kandahar, Ghazni, and Kabul with links to highways in neighbouring Pakistan formed the primary road system.
Sine 2001, many sections of Afghanistan's highway and regional road system are undergoing significant reconstruction. The U.S. (with assistance from Japan) completed a highway linking Kabul to the southern regional capital, Kandahar. Construction is soon to begin on the next phase of highway reconstruction between Kandahar and the western city of Herat. The Asian Development Bank has nearly completed a road reconstruction project between Kandahar and Spin Boldak, located at the southeastern border with Pakistan.
Afghanistan's national airline, Ariana, operates domestic and international routes, including flights to New Delhi, Islamabad, Dubai, Moscow, Istanbul, Tehran, and Frankfurt. A private carrier, Kam Air, commenced domestic operations in November 2003.
Ariana Afghan Airlines is the country's national carrier and flies to many of the major cities in Asia and Europe. For information on domestic flights, check with Ariana overseas and local offices or see the website: http://www.flyariana.com
Private Airline called KAMAIR in Afghanistan provides domestic and international flight schedules, online booking, fleet information, baggage and offices abroad.
Although conventional categories cannot be assigned to hotels outside Kabul, the larger cities generally offer acceptable lodging. Kabul has hotels ranging from the upscale Inter-Continental to various good first class hotels such as the Mustafa Hotel, and inexpensive but low standard lodging located throughout the city. The Hyatt is in the process of constructing a 5 STAR hotel in Kabul.
1: Serena Hotel
The Kabul Serena Hotel, conveniently located in the centre of Kabul city overlooking the famous Zarnegar Park, is situated close to all the Embassies and Ministries, and is just 20 minutes from the airport. Built in 1945, amid landscaped gardens, the hotel has undergone a complete refurbishment, through the rehabilitation of the existing building and the addition of a completely new section. The hotel dominates a busy junction and is situated in the city’s commercial centre.
2 : Mustafa Hotel
Rooms start from $20-100 a night.
Provides 24 hour security, off street parking.
Provides Kabul's famous Kebab night every Thursday.
Tel: + 93 (0) 70276021
Fed Ex Express
Afghan' Express Ltd.' (License of Federal Express Corporation)
Kart 3, Khai Street, House # 326, North of Ministry of Commerce, Kabul, Afghanistan
Mobile: + 93 (0) 70286 028/9, Tel: (020) 2500525
Fax: (020) 2500524
The Oasis Salon - Kabul's First Full Service Salon
. Cutting, Colour, Highlights, Foils, Perms, Styles
. Manicure, Pedicure, Facial, Massage, Waxing, Threading and Permanent Makeup
. All hairdressers are western trained
. Operating in accordance with western hygiene standards
. Visa & Master card accepted
Open Sat - Wed 12:30 - 9:00 pm, Thurs & Fri 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Major hotel's such as the Inter-Continental and Mustafa hotel, as well as numerous internet cafes around Kabul offer internet connection.
Mobile phones, inter-changeable SIM Cards and calling cards can be purchased all over Kabul. Afghan Wireless and Suraya vendors can be spotted throughout the city. Three major mobile companies, Afghan Wireless, Areeba and Roshan are active.
Link - Afghan Wireless: http://www.afghanwireless.com
Link - Roshan: http://www.roshan.af
Link - Areeba: http://www.areeba.com.af
International and Afghan dishes are readily available in many of Kabul's modern restaurants.
Afghanistan is essentially known for its variety of palaws (rice cooked with meat, chicken, or vegetables in various ways), which are found throughout the country. Afghan Kabob (charbroiled skewered meat), Bolani and Ashak (Afghan-style ravioli stuffed with leeks topped with yogurt and cooked ground beef) are a few of the many tasty dishes.
Named after a Croatian national song, the Vila Velebita in Wazir Akbar Khan is the latest on Kabul's growing list of restaurants. The Velebita offers seafood, steaks, wood fired oven pizzas ($5-8) and more, with all ingredients flown in from Germany and Italy. It is the pricier league of Kabul international restaurants.
. Offers Steaks, seafood, pizzas and more
Open 12 / 3 pm and 6 / 11 pm - Wazir Akbar Khan, Street 10, just before the Standard Chartered Bank / Tel + 93 (0) 79 16 0368
. Multi Cuisine Restaurant serving authentic Indian-Chinese Thai food
. Warm Environment with Rustic Decor
. Bakery and Confectionary Outdoor Catering
. Lunch from 11-3, Dinner from 7-11
Central location: Behind UNICA Guesthouse, opposite of Dutch Embassy
Contact: + 93 (0) 79 317 745
Sufi is an Afghan Restaurant managed by a foreigner and provides anything but your standard lunchtime fare. As soon as you enter the candle lit room you feel as though you've just entered the land and time of Ali Baba. All the plates, glasses and interior furnishing are Afghan and the room is filled with brightly colored carpets and cushions. There are also tables and chairs for those who prefer not to sit on the floor and cutler is also provided.
. Mantoo and Ashak $ 5
. Qabuli Pilau $ 9
. A number of Kebabs $ 9 - $ 11
. Kofte Chalau, mince, plums and saffron served on basmati rice $ 9
Address: Cinema Aryub, Bagh-e-Bala, Karte Parwan (Located at the foot of the Intercontinental Hotel hill in Karte Parwan)
Telephone: + 93 (0) 70 21 0651
(Open every evening except Sundays, with special events on Wednesday evenings)
. European restaurant, espresso cafe'
. Leafy courtyard dining, pool table, big screen TV
Address: From the city centre, take the road of the former British Embassy, turn left opposite to the new mosque and then take the 3rd on the right. Mediterraneo Club is at the end of the road
Telephone: + 93 (0) 79 44 77 33
Open 10am till late, 7 days
Elbow Room Restaurant
. International Cuisine
. Outdoor seating & dining
. New Lunch menu
Open everyday, dinner 6:30 - 11pm, Lunch 11am - 3pm
Telephone: + 079 352 538, + 070 254 432
Flower Street Café
. Serving Kabul's best cappuccino, latte, and fresh juices, with gourmet sandwiches, salads and munchies
. Indoor and garden seating available or take away
. Open daily 8 am to 7pm
. Brunch - Fridays & Saturdays - served 9am to 2pm
Address: Located at House # 57, Street 7, Qalai Fatullah
(between Taimanee and Qalai Fatullah roads)
Tel: + 93 (0) 70.29.3124 or + 93 (0) 79.35.6319
In addition, there are other wonderful Iranian, Chinese, Thani and Afghan ethnic cuisine restaurants.
Handicrafts and Shopping
Afghanistan offers the visitor a rich selection of handicrafts such as luxurious Afghan carpets, karakul coats as well as Afghan fur overcoats and jackets. Embroidered material, caps, and waist-coats, hand-woven silk fabrics and antiques are some of the items that tempt the traveller. Exportation of antiques requires authorization from appropriate authorities. Purchase of artifacts belonging to the Kabul museum or heritage of Afghanistan is punishable by law and will be confiscated.
Thirteen private and international Banks have received their licenses from the Central Bank in the past three years. The National Bank, Pashtani Tejarati, Standard Chartered, Pakistan National Bank and Aryan Bank are among these private banks in Afghanistan.
Afghanistan International Bank
Alfalah Bank Ltd
Export Promotion Bank
The First MicroFinance Bank
Habib Bank of Pakistan
National Bank of Pakistan
Pashtany Tejaraty Bank
Punjab National Bank - India
Standard Chartered Bank
For further information please go to website of Afghanistan Banks Association
* The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is not responsible for the content of external internet sites
Source: Official website, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
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Afghanistan Embassy Website
Travel and Tourism
1. Places to Visit 2. Visas and Customs 3. Accommodation 4. Transportation 5. Travel agencies and tourism 6. Banks 7. Shopping 8. Restaurants in Kabul 9. Internet 10. Mobile phones 11. Shipping outlets
PLACES TO VISIT
Afghanistan’s location at the crossroads of great civilizations in history has created a stunning diversity in food, arts, languages, and traditions. This diversity is demonstrated in each city ofAfghanistan.
Kabul In Afghan folklore it is said that “everything comes to Kabul,” Nothing could be truer of Afghanistan’s bustling capital city. Proud of its heritage as a major trading city between the East and West, today it is still the central market place for all Afghanistan. Although change with tall modern buildings and busy traffic has come rapidly to Kabul, the bazaars and other landmarks of the old city are still the center of life.
Baghi Balah, (Upper Garden), which is located inside Kabul on top of the hill and behind the Intercontinental Hotel, is the place where people go for sightseeing and swimming. From this hill, Kabul city is clearly visible. Qargha is another nice place for a sightseeing a 35 minute drive from the center of the city. Qargha offers canoeing, biking and hiking facilities. There are many hostels and chai khanas (tea houses) around for families and people to go in a group.
The best time for visiting must-sees places in Kabul is Friday because it is the weekend in Afghanistan. Places to visit in Kabul include: TV Tower Hill; Darulaman Palace; Kabul Museum; King Nadir Shah’s Tomb; Money Market; Chicken Street; Kabul Zoo; Shamali; Istalif, a 50 minute drive out of Kabul; and Paghman, a valley 25 km west of Kabul.
Mazar Sharif – Balkh Every year thousands of pilgrims come to Marzar Sharif to pay homage to the Shrine of Ali, the Fourth Caliph of Islam. Festivities are held on Nawrooz, the Afghan New Year on March 21st, which marks the beginning of spring. Mazare is also a major market place for karakul and traditional Afghan carpets.
Balkh Referred to by the ancients as the “Mother of Cities,” today it is a small town near Mazare that is overshadowed by memories of past glory. Here, Zoroaster first preached, and it was at or near Balkhthat that Alexander made this headquarters for two years. The city was also the capital of the Bactrian Empire. Later the Timurid dynasty built a college and an impressive shrine at Balkh. Nearby stand the remains of one of the oldest mosques of the Islamic world, the Masjide Haji Piyada.
Herat Few cities have as diverse a past as Herat. Within the city walls, Alexander built a mighty fortress; today a citadel, but although altered many times, it still stands on the same spot. In the centuries that followed, Herat was the pivot around which cultural influence from Iran, Central Asia, and Afghanistan converged. Ghenghis Khan and Tamerlane each wreaked havoc upon the city, but Herat persevered to live a period of unequaled splendor during the reign of the Timurid Kings.Today, Herat’s minarets, mosques, shrines, and monuments testify to the glory of that period,when art, literature, and refinement attained high degrees of perfection.
Kandahar The birthplace of modern Afghanistan, Kandahar is a thriving commercial and industrial center. Excepting its modern Share Nau (New City), Kandahar still remains substantially unchanged from the city that Ahmad Shah Durrani, the founder of the state of Afghanistan, built two hundred years ago. It is famous for its fruits and intricate embroidery work.
Ghazni Although today it appears to be only a small town, Ghazni was once the capital of the powerful Ghaznavid Empire, which stretched from Persia to India. Two star-shaped minarets, a palace, a mausoleum, and a museum only suggest the glory of Ghazni’s past.
Bande Amir Without fail, visitors to Afghanistan have marveled at the country’s natural beauty. The formidable Hindu Kush, the vast expanse of the Turkestan plains, and the seclusion of the Southern desert have impressed travelers from Alexander the Great to Marco Polo. In fact, it is the raw, unspoiled natural beauty that forms the visitor’s first and most enduring impression of the country. But of all the natural wonders of Afghanistan, the lakes of Bande Amir are perhaps the most outstanding. Situated in the mountainous Hazarajat at an altitude of almost 3000 m, and 75 km from Bamiyan, these majestic blue lakes are of legendary beauty.
Chai-Khana The most typical characteristic of Afghan society are the Chai Khanas, or tea houses, which abound everywhere in the country. Often beautifully decorated, the Chai Khanas are the central gathering place for every town and village in Afghanistan. In them, one can enjoy a nourishing Afghan meal,such as palaw, chalaw, kabab, a pot of green or black tea, and just sit and relax in the exotic atmosphere.
Nouristan The people of this remote region, once called Kafirs, or unbelievers, were converted to Islam only 70 years ago. Now called Nouristanis – “People of Light” – they are still unique in all Afghanistan. In legend, the people of Nouristan claim the Greek god Dionysus as their patron.
Bamiyan Seven hours by car and one hour by plane from Kabul, this beautiful valley is undoubtedly one of Afghanistan’s foremost attractions. There are also extensive ruins of ancient towns and fortresses – one being the Red City – which flourished until the onslaught of Ghenghis Khan in the thirteenth century.
VISAS AND CUSTOMS
Visas All visitors to Afghanistan must posess a valid passport and an Afghan visa. The basic tourist visa entitles a traveler to 30 days stay in Afghanistan. It is recommended that this one-month visa be obtained prior to traveling to Afghanistan. Visas may be obtained at any Afghan Consulate or Embassy around the world.
Consular Office in Norway Embassy of Afghanistan, Oslo Consular Section Gange Rolvs gate.5 0244 Oslo Norway Phone: (+47) 22 12 35 70 Fax: (+47) 22 12 35 71 consular(lhfkjglkfdsajhdfjghgfd)afghanistanembassy.no www.afghanistanembassy.no
Customs There is no customs duty on personal effects. However, check with the Ministry of Finance for prohibited and controlled exports and imports.
Deputy Minister, Customs & Revenue: Sharifullah Ibrahimi Ministry of Finance Pashtoonistan -Watt Kabul, Afghanistan Phone: +93 (75) 200 4199 Fax: (20) 2103 439 E-Mail: info(lhfkjglkfdsajhdfjghgfd)mof.gov.af ACCOMMODATION
Lodging in Afghanistan falls into two categories: hotels and guest houses. Hotels are as you experience them here; each room has its own full bathroom, and amenities generally include room service, a swimming pool or exercise facilities, and laundry services. Most hotels have wireless internet access. Guest houses are generally less expensive than hotels because fewer amenities are offered; guests usually share bathrooms.
Hotels Heetal Plaza Hotel Address: End of Street 14, Wazir Akber Khan, behind the mosque Kabul Phone: +93 (0) 799-159-697 Website: www.heetalplazahotel.com/
Intercontinental Kabul Address: Baghe Bala Road Kabul Phone: +93 (20) 2201-321 Website: www.intercontinentalkabul.com
Kabul Inn Address: Qala-e-Fatullah Khan Bazaar Near Zarghona High School Kabul Phone: +93 (79) 569-355 E-mail: kabul_inn(lhfkjglkfdsajhdfjghgfd)hotmail.com
Kabul Serena Hotel Address: Froshgah Street Kabul Phone: +93 (79) 9654 000 Fax: +93 (79) 9654 111 E-mail: info(lhfkjglkfdsajhdfjghgfd)serena.com.af Website: http://www.serenahotels.com/afghanistan/kabul/home.asp
Safi Landmark Hotel Suites Address: Shahre Nao Kabul Phone: +93 (20) 2203131, 0799 600741 Fax: +93 (20) 2203121 E-mail: furqan(lhfkjglkfdsajhdfjghgfd)landmarkhotelsdubai.com Website: http://www.landmarkhotelsdubai.com/landmark/newprojects.asp
Spinzar Hotel Address: Next to the Ministry of Information and Culture, Asma-yee Wat Kabul Phone: +93 (70) 27 4983
Guest Houses Ajmal Wali Address: Wazir Akbar Khan, Street 10, No 140 Phone: +93 (70) 277-657
Assa 1 Address: Off Flower Street Phone: +93 (70) 274-364
Assa 2 Address: Wazir Akbar Khan, House 9, Muslim Street Phone: +93 (70) 276-579
Bs Place Address: Qali Fatullah Phone: +93 (70) 276-416
Chez Ana, Media Action International Guesthouse Address: Passport Lane Phone: +93 (70) 282-699
Everest Address: Wazir Akbar Khan, Street 10, No 192 Phone: +93 (70) 281-277
Faisal Address: Wazir Akbar Khan, Street 15, No 27 Phone: +93 (70) 274-696
Faisal Bilal/German Address: Wazir Akbar Khan, Street 15, No 73 Phone 1: +93 (70) 274-808 Phone 2: +93 (70) 281-413
Gandamak Lodge Address: No 5 Passport Lane Phone: +93 (70) 276-937 E-mail: gandamaklodge(lhfkjglkfdsajhdfjghgfd)yahoo.com
Global Address: Flower Street Phone: +93 (70) 281-907 E-mail: edward.dean(lhfkjglkfdsajhdfjghgfd)globalpsw.com.pk
Haseeb Address: Wazir Akbar Khan, Street 13, No 556 Phone: +93 (70) 274-986
Helsinki Address: On the way to the airport Phone: +93 (70) 284-305 E-mail: osmankhaliq(lhfkjglkfdsajhdfjghgfd)hotmail.com
Hendokush Address: Wazir Akbar Khan, Street 10 Z, No 9 Phone: +93 (70) 279-558
House 150 Address: Wazir Akbar Khan, Street 10 Phone: +93 (70) 278-734
Karwansara Guesthouse & Restaurant Address: 117 Interior Ministry Street Phone: +93 (70) 291-794
Le Monde Kabul Address: 7 Herati Mosque St, Shar-e-Naw, Kabul Phone: +93 (70) 280-751 Website: http://www.lemondeghkabul.blogspot.com E-mail: lemondegoc(lhfkjglkfdsajhdfjghgfd)gmail.com
Le Monde Mazar-e Sharif Address: Behind Tafahusat, Mazar-e Sharif Phone: +93 (70) 049-970 Website: http://www.lemondeghmazar.blogspot.com E-mail: lemondegoc(lhfkjglkfdsajhdfjghgfd)gmail.com
Marvellous Address: Wazir Akbar Khan, Street 10, No 214 Phone: +93 (70) 275-519
Naween Address: Kolola Pushta Phone 1: +93 (70) 224-411 Phone 2: +93 (70) 291-588
Park Residence Address: Shahre Naw Phone: +93 (70) 275-728
Rabia Balkhi House Phone 1: +97 (70) 268-840 Phone 2: +97 (79) 030-631 Phone 3: +97 (79) 309-309 E-mail 1: farid_roafi(lhfkjglkfdsajhdfjghgfd)yahoo.com E-mail 2: nehan_nargis(lhfkjglkfdsajhdfjghgfd)yahoo.com E-mail 3: seema(lhfkjglkfdsajhdfjghgfd)ghanis.org
Rose Valley Address: Wazir Akbar Khan, Street 14, No 3 Phone 1: +93 (70) 289-019 Phone 2: +93 (70) 274-590
Sarwe Foshang Guest House Address: Kabul Shahr-e-now West side of the Park Phone: +93 (20) 220 1629
Shamal Address: Wazir Akbar Khan, Street 13, No 452 Phone: +93 (70) 278-601
Silk Route Address: Wazir Akbar Khan, Street 10, No 138 Phone: +93 (70) 275-800
Sultan Address: Wazir Akbar Khan, Street 10 Phone: +93 (70) 277-374
Taj Mahal Address: Wazir Akbar Khan, Street 15, No 128 Phone: +93 (70) 275-830
Roads Most road building occurred in the 1960’s, funded by the U.S. and other international partners. In1964, a road and tunnel was built through the Salang tunnel, connecting northern and southern Afghanistan. A highway connecting the principal cities of Heart, Kandahar, Ghazni, and Kabul with links to highways in neighboring Pakistan formed the primary road system.
Since 2001, many sections of Afghanistan’s highway and regional road system are undergoing significant reconstruction. The U.S., with assistance from Japan, completed building a highway linking Kabul to the southern regional capital, Kandahar. Construction has begun on the next phase of highway reconstruction between Kandahar and the western city of Herat. The Asian Development Bank is nearing completion on a road reconstruction project between Kandahar and Spin Boldak, located at the south-eastern border with Pakistan.
Taxi There are more than forty thousand taxies in Kabul. Fares are negotiated with the driver before boarding.
Buses Many buses are available inside Kabul and its suburban areas.
Airlines based in Afghanistan:
Ariana Afghan Airlines Ariana is Afghanistan’s national airline. They run domestic and international routes, including flights to New Delhi, Dubai, Jeddah, Kuwait, Ankara, Istanbul, Moscow and Urumqi. Phone: +93 (0) 700-071333 E-mail: info(lhfkjglkfdsajhdfjghgfd)flyariana.com Website: www.flyariana.com
Kam Air Kam Air is Afghanistan’s first private airline. Kam Air serves domestic cities and international cities including Dubai, New Delhi, Dushanbe, Almaty, Ankara & Istanbul. Phone: +93-799-974422 E-mail: helpdesk(lhfkjglkfdsajhdfjghgfd)kamair.com Website: www.kamair.com
Safi Airways Safi Airways is Afghanistan’s private international airline. It operates from Kabul to Dubai, Jeddah, Islamabad and New Delhi. Phone: +93 (0) 20 22 22 222 E-mail: ticketing.kabul(lhfkjglkfdsajhdfjghgfd)safiairways.com Website: www.safiairways.com
Airlines based outside Afghanistan that serve Afghan cities:
Pakistan International Airlines
Afghanistan’s Central Bank has licensed twelve commercial banks. Out of twelve, seven banks are full-fledged commercial banks and the remaining five are branches of foreign banks.
Afghanistan International Bank Address: Wazir Akbar Khan, Kabul Phone: +93 (70) 220-883 Website: www.aib.af/
Arian Bank Address: Share Nau Phone: +93 (79) 420-420 Website: www.arian-bank.com.af/
Azizi Bank Address: Malik Asghar Square, next to Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kabul Phone: +93 (0) 799-129-999 E-mail: info(lhfkjglkfdsajhdfjghgfd)azizibank.com Website: www.azizibank.com
Bank Melli Address: Close to Kabul Serena Phone: +93 (20) 210-1804
Bank-e-Millie Afghan Address: Jade Ibne Sina – Kabul Afghanistan Phone: (0) 93 20 2102 221 Email: info(lhfkjglkfdsajhdfjghgfd)bma.com.af Website: www.bma.com.af
Habib Bank Address: Wazir Akbar Khan Phone: +93 (79) 572-754 Website: www.hmb.com.pk/
Kabul Bank Address: Share Nau Phone: +93 (70) 285-285 Website: www.kabulbank.com
National Bank of Pakistan Address: Wazir Akbar Khan Phone: +93 (79) 021-710 Website: www.nbp.com.pk
Punjab National Bank Address: Wazir Akbar Khan Phone: +93 (70) 232-847 Website: www.pnbindia.in
Standard Chartered Bank Address: Wazir Akbar Khan Phone: +93 (79) 320-874 Website: www.standardchartered.com
A.K. Rashidzada Corporation Address: Building 296, Street #13 Wazir Akbar Khan Phone: +93 (79) 325-777
Electronic Transfer Services Address: 92 Sarai Shahzada Phone: +93 (79) 325-777 Website: www.electronictransfer.com
Western Union Address: Char Rahi Ansari North Western Corner (Next to Dunya Travel Services) Phone: +93 (79) 325-777 www.westernunion.com
Afghanistan offers the visitor a rich selection of handicrafts. Luxurious Afghan carpets, karakul coats, fur overcoats, embroidered material, caps, and hand-woven silk fabrics and antiques are some of the items that tempt the traveler to lighten his or her wallet. Afghanistan’s fruits and nuts are seconded to none in flavor. Gemstones are also a major commodity. However, travelers are urged to be cautious when purchasing items of questionable origin. Exportation of antiques requires authorization from the appropriate authorities. Purchase of artifacts belonging to the Kabul museum or heritage of Afghanistan is punishable by law, and artifacts will be confiscated.
While there are many places for visitors to shop in Afghanistan, Kocha-e-Murgha, or “Chicken Street,” is the most famous and historic. Boutiques carry postcards, maps, ashtrays and boxes made of the famous Afghan blue stone-Lapis Lazuli, antique musical instruments, and hand-made Afghan carpets. The carpets’ designs, colors and materials – sometimes wool, silk or a mix, are unique and quite remarkable.
Grocery stores in Afghanistan stock an assortment of snacks from around the world: fruit juice from Uzbekistan, jam from Pakistan, bottled water from Italy, cheese from Austria, and cereal from the United States. Since Chicken Street is the main tourist market in the capital, you will likely be asked a higher price, especially if you are not with a local guide. Remember that bargaining is part of the experience!
RESTAURANTS IN KABUL
International and Afghan dishes are readily available in many of Kabul’s modern restaurants. Afghanistan is known for its variety of palaws (rice cooked with meat, chicken, or vegetables in various ways), which are found throughout the country. Afghan kebab (charbroiled skewered meat), bolani and ashak (Afghan-style ravioli stuffed with leeks topped with yogurt and cooked ground beef) are a few of the many tasty dishes. Also refer to UN cleared restaurants.
L’ atmosphere Restaurant French cuisine Opening hours: 10:00 – 22:00 Str.4, Qala-e- fatullah 0799-300264 Phone: 070-224982 Phone orders Website: http://latmospherekabul.blogs.com/
Dehli Darbar Restaurant Indian cuisine Opening hours: 10:00 – 22:00 Moslim Str., near Assa Guest House Phone 1: 0799-324899 Phone 2: 0799-833238 Phone orders
Popolano Restaurant French cuisine Opening hours 09:00 – 22:00 Charahi Ansari Kabul Phone: 070-288116 Phone orders
Lai Thai Restaurant Thai cuisine Opening hours: 11:00 –21:00 Str15 Wazir Ak Khan House No.124 Phone 1: 070-297557 Phone 2: 070-278640 No phone orders/home delivery
B’s Place Restaurant/Guest.House Italian and Mexican cuisine Opening hours: 11:00 – 23:00 Str.2, Qala-e- fatullah House No.3 Phone 1: 070-276416 Phone 2: 070-276711 Phone orders
Elbowroom Restaurant/Bar Continental/Europe cuisine Opening hours: 10:30 – 22:00 MOFA street 0799-352538 Phone: 070-254432 No phone orders/home delivery
Vila Velebita Restaurant/Bar European cuisine Opening hours: 10:00 – 22:00 Str 10 Wazir Ak khan Phone: 0799-160368 No phone orders/home delivery
Istanbul Restaurant Turkish cuisine Opening hours: 08:00 – 21:00 Macroian2, Matba block 104 Phone 1: 070-200116 Phone 2: 0799-356282 Phone orders
Escalades Restaurant European cuisine Opening hours: 10:00 – 22:00 1st Qala-e-Fateullah Phone: 0799-473763 No phone hours/home delivery
Golden Key Seafood Restaurant Chinese cuisine Opening hours: 10:00 – 21:00 Str.13, Wazir Akbar Khan Kabul Phone 1: 0799-002800 Phone 2: 0799-016591 No phone orders/home delivery
Kulba Afghan Afghan and Italian cuisine Opening hours: 10:00 – 21:00 Shar-e-now, Esmat Moslim Str. 3rd floor Phone 1: 0799452151 Phone 2: 070034979 No phone orders/home delivery
Shar-e-Now Burger Fast Food Opening hours: 09:00 – 21:00 Shar-e-now, opposite the park Phone 1: 0799-300797 Phone 2: 070-255788 Phone orders
Everest Pizza Fast Food Opening hours: 09:00 – 21:00 13 Str.Wazir Akbar Khan, Kabul Phone 1: 0799-317979 Phone 2: 070-263636 Phone orders/home delivery
Samarqand Restaurant/Bar International cuisine Opening hours: 10:00 – 22:00 Qala Musa, near Panalpina Phone 1: 0799-234646 Phone 2: 0799-118460 No phone orders/home delivery
Carlitos Restaurant/Bar Mexican cuisine Opening hours: 10:00 – 22:00 Str 15 Wazir Ak Khan Phone 1: 0799-159697 Phone 2: 0799-167824 No phone orders/home delivery
Kabul Inn Guest House/Restaurant International cuisine Opening hours: 10:00 – 22:00 Qala-Fateullah, near Zarghoona school Phone 1: 0799-359355 Phone 2: 020-2201407 No phone orders/home delivery
Red Hot Sizzlin Restaurant International cuisine Opening hours: 11:00 – 21:00 Old macrorian, ARC Yuksel Camp
Taverne du Liban Middle Eastern cuisine Opening hours: 11:00 – 22:00 Str 10 Wazir Akbar Khan
Flower Street Café/Restaurant Californian cuisine Opening hours: 08:00 – 17:00 House No.57, Str#7 Qala-e-Fatullah Phone 1: 070293124 Phone 2: 0799356319 Phone orders
Shandiz Restaurant International cuisine Opening hours: 10:00 – 21:00 Wazir Akbar Khan Phone 1: 0799-342928 Phone 2: 070-284026 Phone orders
Deutscher Hof Kabul Restaurant & Guest House German cuisine Opening hours: 11:00 – 23:30 Kalai Fattulah, Street 3, House 60 Phone: 0799-322582 No phone orders/home delivery
Baku Azerbaijani Restaurant Azerbaijani cuisine Opening hours: 11:00 – 22:00 Street 15, Lane 5, House, 329 WAK Phone 1: 0799-083918 Phone 2: 0799-827313 No phone orders/home delivery
Café Zarnegar International cuisine (buffet and á la carte) Opening hours: 06:30 – 22:00 Kabul Serena Hotel, Froshgah Street Phone: 0799-654000 ext. 4553 Phone orders
Silk Route South East Asian cuisine (set menu available) Opening hours: 18:00 – 22:00 Kabul Serena Hotel, Froshgah Street Phone: 0799-654000 ext. 4554 Phone orders
Serena Pastry Shop Freshly baked pastries and bread Opening hours: 07:00 – 20:00 Kabul Serena Hotel, Froshgah Street Phone: 0799-654000 ext. 4560 Phone orders
Anar Restaurant Indian/Chinese cuisine Opening hours: 11:00 – 22:00 Str14, Lane 3 WAK Phone: 0799-567291 No phone orders/home delivery
Taverne du Liban International cuisine Opening hours: 11:00 – 22:00 Str14, Lane 3 WAK Phone: 070-210651 No phone orders/home delivery
Korean Restaurant Korean cuisine Opening hours: 11:00 – 21:00 Str.2, house No.120, Karte-She, Kabul Phone 1: 0799 199509 Phone 2: 0799 007546 Phone orders
Sufi Restaurant International cuisine Opening hours: 11:00 – 22:00 Aryoob Cinema, 2nd part of Karte Parwan No phone orders/home delivery
Shamiana Restaurant Multi Cuisine Opening hours: 07:00 – 23:00 Kabul City Center Phone: 020-2203131 No phone orders/home delivery
Major hotels such as the Inter-Continental and Mustafa hotel, as well as numerous internet cafés around Kabul offer internet connection. Most guest houses and hotels also have internet services.
Sky Net Café High speed broadband connection. Located next to Kabul Dashte Barchi pertrol pump stop. Open: 08:00am – 08:00pm Price: AFN 50 per hour Phone : 0202570276 Mobile: 0793871416 E-mail: skynetcafe_kabul(lhfkjglkfdsajhdfjghgfd)yahoo.com
Sabawon Net Café Address: Mkrvryan Sbavvn Cable Internet Club Open: 08:00am – 08:00pm Price: AFN 50 per hour E-mail: sabawon.cafe(lhfkjglkfdsajhdfjghgfd)gmail.com
Fardeen Khan Address: Kabul Shahre New Charahi Haji Yaquob Open: 08:00am – 08:00pm Price: AFN 50 per hour Phone: 0093778642876 E-mail: fardeenkhan_arya(lhfkjglkfdsajhdfjghgfd)yahoo.com
AWCC Internet Café High-speed connection, located at the Intercontinental Hotel. Open: 07:00 – 22:00 daily. Internet USD 5 per hour, USD 3 per half-hour. Printer/Scanner USD 1 per page.
PACTEC Internet café for approved NGOs. WAK, Street 13, Lane 1. Open Sat – Wed: 08:00 – 17:00, Thurs: 08:30 – 12:00 USD 4 per hour.
Mobile phones, inter-changeable SIM Cards and calling cards can be purchased all over Kabul. Afghan Wireless and Suraya vendors can be spotted throughout the city. Three major mobile companies are presently active, with a fourth on its way.
Afghan Wireless: http://www.afghanwireless.com Roshan: http://www.roshan.af Areeba: http://www.areeba.com.af
Federal Express has three offices in Afghanistan. All are open 09:00 am – 5:00 pm. DHL also has three offices. Opening hours vary, and are listed below.
International Phone 1: +1 (800) Go-Fed-Ex Phone 2: +1 (800) 463-3339 Website: www.fedex.com
Kabul Office Karte 3 Khai Street House # 326 North of Ministry of Commerce Phone: +93 (20) 250-0525 Fax: +93 (20) 250-024 Mobile 1: +93 (70) 286-028 Mobile 2: +93 (70) 286-029 E-mail: info(lhfkjglkfdsajhdfjghgfd)afghanex.com Website: http://www.fedex.com
Herat Office Bank-e-Khoon Road Haji Ayoub Square Kajj Street Phone: +93 (40) 220-301 Fax: +93 (20) 250-024 Mobile: +93 (70) 29446
Kandahar Office Noor Jahan Hotel 1st Floor Shaheedan Square Shahr-e-Naw Street Phone: +93 (70) 303-257 Fax: +93 (20) 250-0524 Mobile: +93 (70) 29446
International Phone 1 (Within USA): +1 (800) Call –DHL or +1 (800) 225-5345 Phone 2 (Outside USA): +1 (480) 303-5797 Website: www.dhl-usa.com
Kandahar Office Kandahar Airbase Hours: Sat-Fri 11:00 – 19:00 Holidays: 12:00 – 19:00
Bagram Office Bagram Airbase Hours: Sat-Fri 12:00 – 18:00 Holidays: 12:00 – 1800
Kabul Office Wazir Akbar Khan Street 10 Hours: Sat-Thu 09:00 – 18:00 Holidays: Closed
Source: Embassy of Afghanistan, Washington DC
U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan
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نن له غرمې مخکې په هرات ولایت کې د ترکمنستان نوي جنرال کونسل ښاغلي باتیار یالوف خپل ایکزیکواتور (واکلیک) د ا.ا.ا. د بهرنیو چارو وزیر مولوي امیر خان متقي ته په کابل کې وړاندې کړ.
د سپين بولدک – چمن او په ټوله کې د افغانستان او پاکستان ترمنځ د ټولې کرښې شاوخوا پراته ولسونه یو بل سره ګڼ دیني، قومي، ژبني، خپلوي او تجارتي پیوندونه لري او د تاریخ په اوږدو کې حکومتونو د ځینو تاریخي جبرونو سره سره د دغې سیمې د ولسونو لپاره ځیني خاص حقونه په نظر کې نیولي او احترام یې کړی دی., خبرتیا:په متحده عربي اماراتو کې د ا.ا.ا د سفارت له لوري د پاسپورټونو د وېش د پروسه پیل شوه., په کابل کې د چین ولسي جمهوریت سفیر ښاغلي جاو شینګ د افغانستان اسلامي امارت د بهرنیو چارو وزیر محترم مولوي امیر خان متقي سره وکتل., د ملګرو ملتونو د سرمُنشي ځانګړې استازې او د يوناما مشرې، آغلې روزا اتونباييفا، د ا.ا.ا. د بهرنيو چارو له وزير، محترم مولوي امير خان متقي، سره وکتل., د افغانستان اسلامي امارت د بهرنیو چارو وزارت د صهیونيستي ځواکونو له خوا په غزه کې د المعمداني شفاخانې بمبارول په تر ټولو کلکو ټکو غندي، او دغه کړنه يې د انسانیت په وړاندې ستر وحشت او جنايت بولي., د افغانستان اسلامي امارت د بهرنیو چارو وزارت د غزې تړانګه کې وروستۍ پېښې له نژدې څاري او د دغسې پېښو رامنځ ته کېدو سبب د صهیونستي اسرائیلیانو له خوا د فلسطیني مظلوم ولس د حقوقو تر پښو لاندې کول او د مسلمانانو د مقدسو اماکنو په مکرر ډول اهانت او بې احترامي ګڼل کیږي..
د ا.ا.ا بهرنیو چارو وزارت سیاسي مرستیال الحاج شیرمحمد عباس ستانکزي صاحب ځانګړې مرکه شمشاد تلویزیون سره
دافغانستان راتلونکي اقتصادي پراختیا نړیوال کنفرانس کې دا.ا.ا بهرنیو چارو وزارت سیاسي مرستیال الحاج شیرمحمد عباس ستانکزي صاحب وینا
له پاکستان څخه د افغان مهاجرینو د جبري ويستلو او په اړه یې د اسلامي امارت د دریځ او فعالیت په هکله له بي بي سي سره د ا.ا.ا. د بهرنیو چارو سرپرست وزیر محترم مولوي امیر خان متقي تفصیلي مرکه.
د قوشتیپې کانال د لومړي فاز ګټې اخیستنې په مراسمو کې دالحاج شیر محمد عباس ستانکزي صاحب وینا
د نړیوالې همکارۍ لپاره د چین شيژانګ ټرانس همالیا فورم درېیمې ناستې ته د ا. ا. ا. د بهرنیو چارو وزیر مولوي امیر خان متقي وینا
د ا.ا.ا. له بهرنيو چارو وزير محترم مولوي امير خان متقي سره له برتانيې څخه راغلو علماوو وکتل., پرون د افغانستان او پاکستان ترمنځ د سپين بولدک-چمن د تګ راتګ پر لاره خواشینوونکې پېښه رامنځ ته شوه چې دواړو خواوو ته یې مرګ ژوبله هم واړوله., نن د بهرنیو چارو وزارت په مرمرینه ماڼۍ کې یوه پرتمینه غونډه جوړه شوه., د بهرنیو چارو وزارت د مراجعینو ستونزو او شکایتونو ته د رسیدګۍ خبرتیا, زمـونـږ ټویــټـونــه, د بهرنیو چارو وزیر مولوي امیرخان متقی.
د بهرنیو چارو وزیر په ټولنیزو رسنیو کې تعقیب کړۍ:
په پیل کې د امیر عبدالرحمن خان (۱۸۸۰-۱۹۰۵) د واکمنۍ پر مهال د شاهي ارګ ماڼۍ لوېدیځ ته په یوه پرانیستي میدان کې د یوه پوړیزې ماڼۍ په توګه جوړه شوې وه، د ستوري ماڼۍ (چې د قصرې په نوم هم یادېږي) لږ تر لږه پراخه شوه. 3 وختونه. په 1919 کې، د ماڼۍ په یوه خونه کې د راولپنډۍ د تړون د لاسلیک کولو لپاره ترتیب شوی و، چې له مخې یې افغانستان یو خپلواک دولت جوړ شو. د ودانۍ یوه برخه بیا د نامتو روڼ اندو او اصلاح غوښتونکي محمود طرزي له خوا چې د افغانستان د بهرنیو چارو د لومړي وزیر په توګه د یوه دفتر په توګه وکارول شوه.
له پاکستان څخه د افغان مهاجرینو د جبري ويستلو او په اړه یې د اسلامي امارت د دریځ او فعالیت په هکله له بي
د نړیوالې همکارۍ لپاره د چین شيژانګ ټرانس همالیا فورم درېیمې ناستې ته د ا. ا. ا. د بهرنیو چارو وزیر مولوي امیر خان متقي
د ا.ا.ا بهرنیو چارو وزیر محترم مولوي امیرخان متقي صاحب ځانګړي مرکه له بي بي سي سره