Kabul Holidays

Although Afghanistan is a country blessed with sweeping landscapes and beautiful views, it has been plagued by war and strife in recent years. With centuries-old bazaars settled in windy alleyways and a wealth of cultural sites like the ruins of the Darul Aman Palace and the Id Gah Mosque, Kabul is a city that is rich in history. That being said, ... Read more
Kabul was also recently named one of the fastest developing cities in the world. Bicycles are rapidly giving way to the snarled traffic of cars, plans for more efficient public transit are in the making, and the fairly new Kabul City Center luxury mall with its glass elevators and cream-colored marble floors has become a popular destination for the Afghan shoppers. That being said, Kabul is still not recommended for the individual traveler. Both casual backpackers and hardcore thrillseekers face highly dangerous surroundings. Although safer than other parts of Afghanistan, it is still nearly impossible to obtain health insurance for your trip due to the critical security situation, and one must face the higher probabilities of kidnapping, feverish riots, and terror attacks. Most, if not all, of the foreigners in the city are part of an aid organization or military personnel.

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  • 9.8
    Adventure Travellers
  • 7.3
    History Buffs
  • 6.3
    Spiritual Seekers
  • 6.3
    Backpackers
  • 6.3
    Family Travellers

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Brooklyn

One of the most fascinating places I have visited. Security is definitely a concern but safer than you might assume. It is very important to plan your visit carefully. I highly recommend working with Afghan Logistics to ensure a safe trip.

The city exudes culture / atmosphere and has a number of interesting monuments / tourist sights. It is gritty but I found it beautiful.

When visiting the city, ask for guidance on where and when you can take photographs. Locals are easily upset by photo taking. Pictures of police, soldiers, convoys, etc. are prohibited.

Note: if you are driving, confirm with locals regarding procedures for driving near military convoys.

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Kabul is a city of contradictions and unfulfilled promises. It would be a beautiful city if it weren’t so ugly. Rugged, snow-covered mountains dimly visible through thick layers of smoke, dust and diesel fumes surround the city. Palace ruins partially rim the city, ruins barely accessible on muddy roads curving along mountainsides littered with unexploded land mines. Kabul is a former oasis, blessed with abundant subterranean water no longer potable because of nonexistent sewage disposal facilities. The city is bisected by a river that once entertained and distinguished it but has been reduced to a scavengers’ cesspool. Its university shuts down for three winter months because it lacks power for heating. It is a place of entrepreneurs, filled with mostly bored security guards casually holding Kalashnikovs as their compatriots seek employment among a cornucopia of aid givers.

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Boursins

House arrest sucks!

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Poplar

This is my country .I Born here .I like it .Its very beautiful .

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