Cities in Afghanistan
Kabul – Kabul is the capital of Afghanistan in the east.
Bamiyan – The Buddhas’ Remains Once regarded as one of the world’s marvels, the Taliban demolished these stoneworks in an infamous act of cultural vandalism.
Ghazni – between Kabul and Kandahar in the southeast
Herat – located in the west, it is the entrance to Iran and has a significant Persian influence as well as many important historical monuments.
Jalalabad – Jalalabad is located in eastern Afghanistan, between Kabul and the Khyber Pass.
Kandahar – Kandahar, a southern city affected by the Taliban, is now unsafe.
Kunduz – Kunduz is a significant city in the northeast and a border crossing point with Tajikistan.
Mazar-e Sharif – Mazar-e Sharif Is home to the magnificent Blue Mosque and a popular starting point for journeys to Uzbekistan.
Other destinations in Afghanistan
- Balkh: Balkh was formerly one of the region’s biggest cities and the capital of ancient Bactria. Although most of it is in ruins, the surviving architectural and cultural features have remained largely unchanged since the reign of Alexander the Great.
- Band-e Amir National Park: 5 stunning blue lakes in a remote and picturesque location near Bamiyan.
- The Khyber Pass, a historic path of conquest and commerce, serves as the entrance to India.
- The Minaret of Jam is off the main route, but some believe it’s worth the trek – feasible as a roundtrip from Herat or while traveling the Central Route from Herat to Kabul.
- Panjshir Valley is a lovely hiking region that leads to the renowned Anjuman Pass.
- The Salang Pass is a steep mountain pass that also serves as a tunnel linking Kabul to the north.
- Shamali Plain, north of Kabul. Shamali, which meaning “wind” or “north,” is a lush plain that provides a significant quantity of food for central Afghanistan. It runs north from Kabul to Jabal os Saraj, passing via Charikar in the province of Parwan. The Taliban have devastated irrigation systems, which are just now starting to recover.
- Gardez is a lovely city located in a mountain valley southeast of Kabul.