While the ongoing conflict has almost entirely halted tourism in Afghanistan, the lack of tourists has nothing to do with the country’s viewpoint. This is a region of magical attractions that recounts ancient tales and provides magnificent Islamic architecture, medieval neighborhoods, and surprisingly lovely nature.
Several locations are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Of course, the most renowned were the ancient Buddhist Bamiyan statues. In a cultural crime that horrified the whole world, the Taliban destroyed the majority of the 6th century sculptures. What remains now in the Bamiyan valley is the quiet and dignified image of the empty niches. The surviving parts of the world’s once biggest sculptures of their type continue to provide interesting insight into the history of this location. The Band-e Amir National Park, with its six linked lakes, is probably the most stunning natural destination. At an elevation of 2900 meters, the blue water in this protected natural region looks almost surreal on the slopes of the sandhills that surround it.
Excellent mosques may be found across the country, with especially big examples in Mazar-i-Sharif and Herat, which is quickly expanding. The Jam Minaret, north of Herat, is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.