Top 7 Best Places To Visit In Afghanistan
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Nature has endowed Afghanistan with implausible beauty which is really a “Heaven on Earth”. Afghanistan is definitely the place for the most breathtaking mountains, preserved nature, and endless outdoor beauty where in fact, certain regions are so untouched that there are literally places that no human being has ever been to. Hidden lakes, unclimbed mountains, Afghanistan will one day turn into “El Dorado” for nature lovers. Picture perfect landscapes where every corner of the valley is filled with great beauty. Each place is like a postcard waiting to be shown to the world. So don’t forget to explore its verdant valleys, charming lakes, winter wonderland, adventure hub, fabulous food, and to meet warm and friendly locals when you plan to visit Afghanistan. Now. I am gonna list out some of the spectacular places to visit in Afghanistan.
Here are the Top 7 Best Places To Visit In Afghanistan.
1. Broghil Pass
Broghil also spelled Broghol, is a high mountain pass along the Durand Line border that crosses the Hindu Kush mountain range and connects Wakhan District of Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan with Chitral District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. Broghil is a relatively low pass which has a unique and distinctive that one of the four major mountain passes enter Chitral. From lush green plains to gigantic lakes to snow-capped passes, Broghil has some of the most unique and varied landscapes which you will get to see once you visit there. Even the weather changes frequently from snowfall to dust storms. Broghil Pass is a must-visit place when you are in Afghanistan.
2. Band-e Amir
Band-e Amir is Afghanistan’s first national park which is located in the Bamyan Province which is a chain of 6 incredible deep blue lakes nestled amidst pink limestone canyons in the mountainous desert of central Afghanistan and it is the second-highest mountain range in the world. It’s an incredibly stunning sight where 6 deep blue lakes suddenly appear like sparkling jewels in the middle of the barren grey wasteland of Central Afghanistan that stretches as far the eye can see. Being the heart of Afghanistan’s tourism Band-e Amir attracts a few thousands of tourists every year from all over the world. If you are planning to visit Afghanistan anytime then do not forget to add Band-e Amir in your bucket list.
Noshaq is in the second-highest point in the whole of the Hindu Kush Ranges and has an elevation of 24,580 feet. Until recently, the mountain was off-limits, but it is now open for climbers and trekkers. It’s possible to trek to the base camp at 4,450 m from where there are spectacular views to several 7,000+ m peaks. The view is magnificent where you can see the cloudless sky. Its name means ‘nine valleys’ in the Dari language of Afghanistan. Noshaq is surrounded by great beauty where its white peaks point high into the blue sky. If you love mountaineering then Noshaq is the heaven for you as it is one of the world’s most isolated and beautiful mountain landscapes, and one of the few peaceful and secure places in Afghanistan.
4. Wakhan Corridor
The Wakhan Corridor is a narrow strip of territory in northeastern Afghanistan that extends to China and separates Tajikistan from Pakistan. Known locally as the Bam-e-Duniya or ‘roof of the world’, the area is where three mountain ranges — the Pamir, the Hindukush, and the Karakoram — converge to form the Pamir Knot. As the origin of the Oxus, which runs along the corridor separating Tajikistan from Afghanistan, it drew travelers, adventurers, and explorers trying to discover the origin of the mighty river, which runs 2,500km into the Aral Sea. So breathe in the glorious natural beauty, go for walks which is perfectly safe but with the help of local guides and meet the friendly locals, drink endless cups of tea with naan. Also, visit the shrines dotting the landscape, walk along the Oxus river with the locals, climb mountains, go trekking and hiking on foot or using animals or both. Wakhan Corridor has everything to offer what a traveler’s wishes for.
Once named Lake Victoria by the British, Zorkul is a lake in the Pamir Mountains that run along the border between Afghanistan and Tajikistan and it is also the starting point of the mighty Amu Darya (previously Oxus) river, fed by the glaciers coming from the mountains above. To make it to Zorkul you will need permission from the Border Guard at Khorog. Once there, you can rejoice in mountain hiking, horse riding and milk tasting with the shepherds in summer. You should definitely visit Zorkul, I am sure Zorkul will not disappoint you at all.
Widely known for the giant, ancient Buddha statues that were carved into the side of a cliff, Bamyan is located in the central highlands and it is one of the oldest cities in Afghanistan. The imposing Buddha statues, which used to be the prime attraction in Bamyan, are long gone but the beautiful ruins tell many fascinating stories. Constructed in the 6th century, these statues were a target of cultural vandalism over the centuries but still, the ruins of Buddha are the major attraction in Bamyan valley that enthralls visitors. With a rich history dating back to 2000 years, Bamyan province has been the center of some great civilizations. So don’t miss a chance to visit this amazing place as Bamyan is an abode of peace and tranquility where you can wander freely.
7. Ajar Valley
Beyond a crack in the Afghan mountains lies a lost world, the hunting grounds of King Mohammed Zahir Shah called Ajar Valley. If you drive into the western range of the Hindu Kush and pass beyond the district of Kahmard, you come across a forgotten cut called the Ajar Valley where the peaks around Ajar are lower than those of the eastern Hindu Kush but they appear to fall deeper. It was the hunting reserve of King Mohammed Zahir Shah from 1952 until 1973 when he was deposed and went into exile in Italy. Ajar seems like a play on words. So don’t miss to explore the Valley Of The King – Ajar when you are in beautiful Afghanistan.
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