Walking through no man’s land between two countries is a special feeling. We got this opportunity during Uzbekistan Tajikistan border crossing.
Finding budget hotels in Afghanistan is easy in Kabul but can be little difficult in places like Bamyan, Mazar-i-Sharif, and Herat.
If you have chosen Afghanistan as a travel destination, then getting around Afghanistan is the most important vital information you will require.
There were a lot of reactions when people heard that I was going to Afghanistan. The most common was “Is Afghanistan safe to travel?” I can understand that reaction because of the security situation. But there was one particular reaction, which I don’t understand and find it a little disturbing. And it is this –
Yes, why on earth would anybody travel to Afghanistan? The most common question that I have been asked. Maybe because when we hear the word Afghanistan, some of the most common images that come to our mind are terrorists, bombs, guns, Taliban, and so on.
I had never much cared about human interaction during a trip as I used to be more immersed in the landscape beauty. But during this entire trip of Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, and Iran, it was these moments of interaction with the local people that were the special moments of this trip.
What can i say about the people of Uzbekistan…I think the moment we landed in Uzbekistan, we were upgraded to celebrity status.
Behind those images of war and terrorism that we usually associate with Afghanistan, we often forget the people of Afghanistan. The people who lived under one of the most brutal regimes of modern history – the Taliban. A regime that took Afghanistan back to the Stone Age. I always used to wonder how their lives must have been and I think nobody is more desperate for peace than the people of Afghanistan. Only the people who have survived through this hardship can tell you the true meaning of freedom.
Most of the cities and towns in Iran are well connected by air, road, and trains. So, getting around in Iran is not difficult.
Flight: Though there is flight connectivity to almost every town in Iran, the airports in Iran are a little chaotic. Flights being delayed are quite common and this may upset your schedule. So, do keep buffer time in your itinerary if you are using internal flights. I used Iran Air for Mashhad – Tabriz and Tehran – Shiraz. The in-flight service is good. Iran Air has an office in Mumbai, where you can book the domestic flights of Iran. But they accept only cash and the sad part is you cannot book these tickets online.
Getting around in Uzbekistan is quite easy as most of the major cities and towns are well connected by road, rail, and air.
For my first week in Iran, I stayed in budget hotels but for the second week, my accommodation in Iran was mostly CouchSurfing. The internet speed is crappy all over Iran. So don’t expect much of wifi speeds in hotels. Another common issue that usually westerners face in Iran is the lack of western toilets.
It is very difficult, not to fall in love with a place like Iran. Don’t be influenced by the negative things that you hear about Iran; just visit this beautiful place and see for yourself. I covered Iran in 2 parts –