Afghanistan is located in southern Asia. Completely landlocked, it shares its borders with Pakistan, Iran and CIS countries. The country is slightly smaller than the US state of Texas, with a total area of 652,000 square kilometres. A fascinating place for the more adventurous traveller to visit, this country is packed with mountains, rivers and deserts.
Although Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, was severely damaged during recent conflicts, there are still plenty of things to see in the city. The beautiful Babur’s Gardens have now been completely restored. You can learn about Afghanistan history at the Kabul Museum and the OMAR Landmine Museum or climb the City Walls for great views of the city and the mountains.
Elsewhere in Afghanistan, you should visit Samangan, a place for caves and shrines dedicated to Takht-e-Rostam, a delightful Buddhist gem. Bamiyan is also worth a visit and even though the giant Buddha statues were recently destroyed, this area is beautiful and serene.
The best time to visit Afghanistan is during April to June and September and October. In the springtime, the north of Afghanistan turns from a dusty brown colour to a beautiful vivid green and flowers appear all over the hills. The autumn is harvest time and the best time to try out the delicious Afghan fruits.
Accommodation in Afganistan
Accommodation outside the main cities can be very basic and fairly expensive; however, new hotels and guest houses are appearing every day. On the other hand, the cost of food and travelling is fairly cheap. Kabul has a handful of well-facilitated Afghanistan hotels with internet and other luxuries.
Airports in Afganistan
The best way to get to Afghanistan from Europe or North America is via Dubai, where you will find plenty of onward connections to Kabul. From Asia and Australia, the best way is via Delhi or Islamabad. You can also arrive by land through Pakistan and Iran. A tourist visa is required.