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    The town of Balkh, which is the same name of the province, has a very glorious past. It is located in northern Afghanistan close to Mazar-i-Sharif. It is claimed to be one of the world’s oldest cities and the legendary birthplace of the prophet Zoroaster. Alexander the Great reputedly founded a Greek colony here. The city later attained great wealth and importance as Bactria, capital of the indepe... read more
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    Customs control
    Imports: Tourists may import duty free items for their personal use. However, valuable items such as motorcars, cameras, radios, tape recorders etc have to be registered upon arrival. Alcohol is prohibited. Exports: Tourists may export duty free 30 sq.m carpets, 10 skins excluding Karakul, unpolished precious stones including Lapis Lazuli, handicrafts and a limited variety of antiques. However... read more
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    Bamiyan is a province in Central Afghanistan with an area of about 6700 sq.m and a population of about 280,00 in 1992. A town of the same name is the administrative center of this province. Bamiyan is counted one of the poorest regions of Afghanistan because of its geographic location and its isolation from other regions. The village of Bamiyan with its archeological remains is the most consp... read more
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    As of 2013, the total population of Afghanistan is around 31.108 million, which includes the 2.7 million Afghan refugees that are living in Pakistan and Iran. Pashtuns: form the dominant ethnic and linguistics community, accounting for just over half the population. Tribally organized, the Pashtuns are concentrated in the east and the south. The Pashtuns mostly speak Pashtu and are generally Su... read more
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    It lies beside the Ghazni River on a high plateau at an elevation of 2,225 meter. Afghanistan’s only remaining walled town, it is dominated by a 45 meter high citadel built in the 13th century. Around the nearby village of Rowzeh-e-Sultan, on the old road to Kabul, are the ruins of ancient Ghazna, including 43-meter towers and tomb of Mahmood of Ghazna (971-1030), the most powerful Sultan of Ghazn... read more
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    Arts & Crafts
    Afghanistan art has spanned many centuries. One of the most famous kinds is the Gandhara art between the 1st and 7th century based on Greco-Buddhist art. Since the 1900s, the nation began to use Western techniques in art. Afghanistan's art was originally almost entirely done by men but recently women are entering the arts programs at Kabul University. Art is largely centered at the National Museum... read more
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    One of the oldest cities of Afghanistan and Central Asia, Herat dates back to Achaemenian times and is described as Haraiva. The town must have been even older and could be one of the earliest settlements of Aryans on migration. In the Zoroastrian Avesta it is mentioned as Aria a town lying on the banks of Harayu or the golden water is resent day Hari Rud or Hari river which passes about 5 kms fro... read more
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    Culture & Customs
    Throughout the history of Afghanistan, armies, empires and traders crisscrossed this country because of its geographical location, which gave rise to the great diversity of foods, arts, languages and traditions that are cultural heritage of this country. Afghanistan is a Muslim country and it has been a great center of Sufism. The Islamic heritage of the country is also the basis of its famous hos... read more
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    The capital of war torn Afghanistan is one of the oldest cities in Central Asia. Kabul is situated on the Kabul River and is one of the highest capital cities (1800 m - above sea level) in the world. The history of Kabul dates back to the legendary times of epic Ramayana when Kubha is mentioned as the founder of the city. Lying at the crossroads Kabul was always victim of invasions and civil strif... read more
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    Festivals & Holidays
    The National holidays in Afghanistan are as follows: Nowroze - Mar 21 Revolution Day - Apr 27 Labour Day - May 01 Remembrance day for Martyrs & Disabled - May 04 Independence Day - Aug 19 Besides National Holidays, there are various religious holidays but their dates are not fixed and changes every year in correspondence with Lunar Calendar. These holidays include Ashura Day, ... read more
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    Kandahar, the birthplace and first capital of modern Afghanistan, founded by Ahmed Shah Durrani in 1747, is today the second largest city of Afghanistan located on the Asian Highway halfway between Kabul & Heart. The area is rich in ancient history. Here Alexander the Great founded Alexandria of Arachosia and the region was repeatedly fought over by the Saffavids and Moghuls. It was independent mi... read more
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    The town of Lashkargah is located in southwest part of Afghanistan. It is the capital of Helmand Province with about 2600 population in 1992 and also the site of an ancient town built by Sultan Mahmood Ghaznawi in the 10th century. Lashkargah is located on the Helmand River, a few kilometers. The Ghourids dynasty built this town in 1150 A.D. but it was badly destroyed by Genghis Khan in 1220 ... read more