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Islamic Republic of Afghanistan


Country profile:

Location: South Asia and Central Asia.
Borders: Pakistan, Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, China.
Capital: Kabul.
Area: 652,864 km2.
Population: 32,564,342.
Currency: Afghani AFN.
First Afghan state: year 1709.

Afghanistan is strongly marked by the never ending political conflicts. This country is quite privileged by its amazing landscapes and who has the courage to visit Afghanistan will bring incredible memories. The Afghan population, affected by war, and extreme poverty, stopped living daily basis in a normal way. Although vast mineral resources like gold, silver, iron, copper and natural gas are to be found in the country, its population fights for survival, living in one of the poorest countries in the world, living almost as in medieval times. Mountains are the main scene of Afghanistan, agriculture, and livestock being the main activities of Afghan people, which is divided into three major groups: Pashtun, Tajik, Hazara.

Travel articles about Afghanistan

Driving in Afghanistan, South Asia – Road trip Survival Guide

Driving in Afghanistan - Road trip Survival Guide

Driving in Afghanistan Afghanistan Road Trip Does Driving in Afghanistan or enduring an Afghanistan Road Trip sound crazy? Afghanistan is an amazing country, with beautiful landscape scenery and friendly people. Yet it has been damaged by war for many decades. Traveling in Afghanistan is not a holiday option for most travelers, but those who actually visit it come back with great travel memoirs. Road from the Tajik border to Kunduz Taking your own car into Afghanistan is entirely possible and very doable. Writing a Survival Guide about Driving Afghanistan may seem crazy, but there are a few travelers, adventurous enough to enter the country driving their own wheels, either by car or motorcycle. Driving in Afghanistan – Survival Guide 1- Get your Road Permit » Driving in Afghanistan will require a document called road permit or permit of vehicle entrance to Afghanistan. This particular document can be issued by the consulate…

Inspiring Places to Visit in Asia – Travel Guide

Asia Best Destinations - Travel Guide

Asia Travel Guide “Asia is a marvelous continent to visit. With a total of 49 countries and a population of 4.3 billion, the most prevalent languages in Asia are Mandarin, Hindi, Arabic, Malay, Vietnamese, Korean, Cantonese, Wei, Thai, and English.” My Top Asia The 16th century World Heritage square Naqsh-e Jahan in Isfahan, Iran 427 meters / 1401 ft below sea level Dead Sea salt lake, Israel – Palestine – Jordan Cave of Jesus’s Birthplace in Bethlehem, Palestine The Citadel at Erbil, the oldest continuously inhabited town in the world, Iraq 15th century Timurid architecture of Registan Square in Samarkand, Uzbekistan Hazrat Ali’s Sacred shrine and Blue Mosque in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan 14th century Tashilhunpo Monastery and fortress in Shigatse, Tibet 15th century monasteries and monuments of Bhaktapur, Nepal 17th century fort and old district of Nizwa, Oman The endless Great Wall of China 2134 m / 7001 ft mountain top, 62…

Masjid e No Gonbad – 9th century ruins in Balkh, Afghanistan

Masjid e No Gonbad - 9th century ruins in Balkh, Afghanistan

Balkh is a city in northern Afghanistan, about fifteen minutes drive from Mazar-i-Sharif. Throughout history, Balkh has always been an important Buddhist, Zoroastrian and Islamic religious center. The Greeks called it Bactra. Today, this great ancient city is in ruins, and only a few monuments and the majestic city walls survived. The region is extremely rich in historic features with Arab, Mongol, Persian, Greek and Roman heritage. Afghanistan has always been the scene of conflicts due mainly to its Geo-strategic position but also to exploit its natural resources. The Afghan culture is quite marked by political conflicts and several decade-long fighting. The Afghan population, due to wars and extreme poverty, failed to have a normal daily life. Yet, Afghanistan is extremely beautiful. In fact, the country possesses astonishing landscape and very welcoming people. Whoever has the courage to visit Afghanistan, will bring back incredible travel experiences. The history of Afghanistan begins…

Mazar-i-Sharif – Afghan city of the Noble Shrine

Mazar-i-Sharif - Afghan city of the Noble Shrine

Mazar-i-Sharif is a Shiite Muslim holy city located in northern Afghanistan. Without a doubt that Mazar holds its international recognition due to the famous Shrine of Ali – also known as the Blue Mosque. The population of Mazar-i-Sharif is a mix of ethnic Hazara, Pashtun, Tajik, Turkmen and Uzbek, combined to establish Afghanistan fourth largest city. People, in general, are very welcoming, curious and friendly. I had a great time exploring the city. If you visit Mazar-i-Sharif, this city will stay on top of your travel achievements. Apart from visiting the Blue Mosque, one can explore the city center, the various gardens, the local Bazaar (market), buy some fabulous Afghan rugs in the endless carpet shops, and hang out with Afghans as they consecutively invite foreigners to drink fruit juices and Afghan tea. Afghans are indeed one of the most hospitable people I’ve ever had the chance of meeting. In front…

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