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with its capital city in Kabul. Afghanistan has four distinct seasons of spring, fall, summer and winter. Summers here get extremely hot and there are prevalent sandstorms which affects air travel, while winters make the roads and mountains difficult to navigate. The peak travel time to visit this country is during the fall or spring season when the weather is pleasant and dry. Afghanistan is a multi ethnic country, home to about 14 ethnic groups and a predominately Muslim community. It’s most popular foods include, rice, dumplings, kebab and bread. Dari and Pashto are the two official languages and widely spoken in Afghanistan too.
The Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul serves as the main gateway into the country. For intercity travel, planes offer daily flights between Kabul and the major cities. There is also a growing network of public transportation in the country’s cities, buses, taxis, car rentals are available for getting around Afghanistan. Afghanistan is a relatively safe place for tourists to visit, the city of Kabul is considered safe if you stay within the central downtown. However, it is advised to keep a low profile, avoid gathering crowds and demonstrations.
Amazing festivals you should attend whenever you are in Afghanistan include the Eid e Fitr, Ramadan, Ashura, Labor Day and Eid e Qurban.
With a long, rich history and amazing culture dating back 5,000 years, there are quite a number of fascinating places of attractions for every adventurous traveler to visit while in Afghanistan. These places of interest to explore are:
· Band-e Amir: this is the first national park in Afghanistan, it has 5 lakes surrounded by breathtaking land formations and the famous tomb of Amir, where you would find a women’s beach. You can explore the trails to take in views of the deep blue waters and scenic paths.
· Minaret of Jam: this 65 meter high minar surrounded by rocky slopes and a crystal lake, is the second tallest of its kind. You can take a look at the impressive and detailed cravings, reflecting the prehistoric history of the country, around the minaret.
· National Museum of Afghanistan: here, you will find a great collection of important relics like the 15th century black marble basin (Buddha’s Begging Bowl) and the Rabatak Tablet displayed in the museum.
· Sultani Museum: this museum features exhibits of manuscripts, cravings, pottery, coins and other artifacts of the country of Afghanistan.
There are over 10,000 hotels and apartments to stay in Afghanistan, so you will be spoiled for choice especially when in Kabul.
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IS AFGHANISTAN SAFE TO VISIT?
Afghanistan is a relatively safe place for travelers to visit. Be careful of landmines and red and white painted rocks. It is best to never venture out on your own to places in Afghanistan, without the professional help of tour guides.
DO YOU NEED A VISA TO VISIT AFGHANISTAN?
Citizens of any country require a visa to visit Afghanistan, except travelers born in Afghanistan or born to Afghani parents or parents born in Afghanistan, do not necessarily require a visa.
IS THE TAP WATER SAFE TO DRINK?
The tap water is not safe to drink here; it is advised to drink bottled water unless you have your own purification system.
WHAT CURRENCY IS USED HERE?
The currency used here is the Afghani.
CAN YOU DRINK ALCOHOL IN PUBLIC?
Because Afghanistan is an Islamic country, consumption of alcohol is illegal, however it is tolerated in western restaurants in Kabul.