Bagh-e Babur (Gardens of Babur)
The mausoleum of Babur, the first Mughal Emperor, is surrounded by gardens. Despite his wishes to be buried here, he was initially buried in Agra and then relocated to this location. Afghans have traditionally come to the gardens for picnics and peaceful days. Among the amenities are a swimming pool, a tiny mosque for prayers, and a modest museum. Locals pay AFN10, while outsiders pay AFN250.
It was built in the late 1800s as a vacation residence for Amir Abdur Rahman. Much of the original interior has been conserved, and the surrounding area has been transformed into a vast park.
Bagh-e Zanana (Family Park)
A female-only park and market that includes both male and female youngsters. It was created as a venue where women could directly sell their own items and commodities, which is impossible to accomplish in areas where males conduct commerce since women in Afghanistan are not expected to engage directly with men who are not relatives. This park was established as a place for these women to market their wares in a culturally appropriate manner. There is also a restaurant managed by women. The park is also a great area for female visitors to relax and enjoy the fresh air. AFN50 is the entrance charge.
In Kabul, where foreigners are buried. There are additional memorial plaques honoring ISAF troops who have died in recent years.
Darul Aman Palace
(At the end of Daral Aman Rd, south of the city, next to the Kabul Museum).
Built in the 1920s as King Amanullah’s Palace, it has been demolished and rebuilt several times. Plans to rehabilitate it were announced a few years ago, despite the fact that it is still in a condition of falling decay and on the risk of collapse. AFN200 or so bakshesh to the guard to go into the ruins and look around.
Daoud Khan Memorial
Behind Darul Aman Palace, up the hill. The bodies of President Daoud and his family were discovered in two different mass graves in the Pul-e-Charkhi neighborhood of Kabul city on June 28, 2008. On a tiny hill overlooking southern Kabul, there is now a little memorial to the deceased.
The zoo is famous among Afghans, and it has over 100 species, however they are in bad condition. China was formerly a major animal supplier to the zoo, but after the deaths of a few animals due to sickness and hunger, the country has stated that no more gifts would be made until living circumstances improve. Locals pay AFN10, while outsiders pay AFN100.
Kabul’s lake region, Lake Qargha, is around 9 kilometers outside the city. The Spojmai restaurant serves international cuisine. Swimming and boating are popular in the lake, and there are plans to add water skiing and jet skiing in the future.
National Gallery of Afghanistan
(Afghan National Gallery), Asamayi Watt(34°31’2.94N, 69°10’15.97E). 08:00-ish to 16:00-ish, closed Fridays
A lovely gallery located in a gorgeous old Kabul home that has been lovingly renovated. The collection used to comprise 820 paintings and portraits, but half of them have been plundered or destroyed, with the Taliban destroying 210 portraits, according to the director. The majority of the collection consists of landscapes from Europe and Afghanistan, as well as portraits of notable Afghan poets and monarchs, as well as a portrait of French writer Victor Hugo. It is well worth the time and effort to see. The Sultani Gallery is linked, although the hours of operation are unknown. AFN250.
National Museum of Afghanistan
(Afghan National Museum), South Kabul, Darul Aman Rd (several miles from the city centre, across from Darulaman Palace). 10:00-16:00 weekdays, 09:00-12:00 Fridays.
The National Museum of Afghanistan used to have one of the world’s most extensive collections of Central Asian antiques. After the upper levels of the museum were blasted under Taliban administration in the 1990s, a major portion of the prior collection was taken. The Taliban destroyed several early Buddhist artifacts at the same time as the Bamiyan Buddhas. Looted things continue to crop up at auctions all around the world. The museum has reopened with much more modest, but nonetheless spectacular, displays of early Buddhist and Islamic relics. Free, but contributions are appreciated.
Mausoleum of Nadir Shah and Zahir Shah (Teppe Maranjan)
The graves of King Nadir Shah and his son, Zahir Shah, may be found here. It has been undergoing renovations since 2005 and is yet not finished.