Why would anyone travel to Afghanistan??? Well, I have covered that in Why Travel to Afghanistan?
The most awaited destination of my Central Asia trip for obvious reasons. There is something about Afghanistan that keeps amazing you.
And the moment we were landing in Kabul airport, all we could see was fighter jets, apache helicopters, tanks, hummers. It felt we were landing in a battlefield rather than an airport. And suddenly that image of Afghanistan we had in our minds is reinforced. But once we were outside Afghanistan, it was completely different. Amid the war, bombs, guns, and constant state of tension, lies one of the most beautiful countries of the world.
Highlights from Afghanistan Travel photos:
Buddha ruins, Bamyan: The first place that we visited in Afghanistan was the Buddha ruins in Bamyan. When you see the giant hollow structures, there are only two emotions that go through your mind- sadness and anger. I don’t have enough words to express the stupidity of the Talibans. A huge huge cultural and heritage loss not just to Afghanistan but the entire world.
View of Buddha ruins from Silk Road hotel
Feet of the Buddha Statue
Remains of the Buddha Statue, Bamyan
View from top of the Buddha statue site, Bamyan
Amazing roads on the way to Bamyan
An Afghan armyman in Bamyan
Women’s Garden, Bamyan
Technically this is Shahr-i-Gholghola. But when I see this photo now, I feel this is Afghanistan giving a middle finger to Taliban, Al-Qaeda, and all those throughout history who tried to destroy this beautiful place
Just a few kms from Bamyan, is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen – the Band-e-Amir Lake. I was just sitting here for hours and staring at this blue beauty. It was hard to believe that this was Afghanistan and what was even more ironic that among all the places or countries that I had visited, it was in Afghanistan that I found the most peaceful place.
Seems like the bikes in Afghanistan use their own custom made number plates
90% of the cars are Toyota Corolla. Must be the national carrier of Afghanistan
Grape seller on the way to Kabul
Does this man need any introduction? The Lion of Panjshir and the national hero of Afghanistan – Ahmad Shah Massoud. The man who defeated the Soviet and only leader who defied the Taliban until he was assassinated by Al-Qaeda 2 days before the 9/11 attacks. His life is an inspiration not just to Afghans but millions of people around the world.
Panjshir Valley – one of the most beautiful places of Afghanistan. This was where Ahmad Shah Massoud was assassinated. The entire valley is dotted with pictures of Massoud and security is very tight. We drove for 40 kms after the final checkpost and were getting lost in the beauty of Panjshir. The more we went further, more amazing Panjshir looked.
Yes…that is exactly how I felt after visiting Panjshir valley
Kabul to Mazar-e-Sharif is a very picturesque route
One of the long tunnels along the Kabul – Mazar-e-Sharif route, built by the Soviet Union
Railway line between Afghanistan and Uzbekistan
Blue Mosque, Mazar-e-Sharif
Blue Mosque at night, Mazar-e-Sharif
Entrance to Balkh
Inside Jama Masjid, Herat
Alexander Citadel, Herat
Was so glad to finally see someone flying a kite