More than War and Terror: 5 Amazingly Beautiful Places in Afghanistan You Need to See

For many of us, Afghanistan is usually immediately linked to war, terrorism and political conflict. The country has been reduced to a single story. However, the country is filled with rarely seen natural beauty and a blend of different ethnic groups and cultures. We’ve listed up a few of the many breathtaking spots in Afghanistan.

1. Kabul

Kabul is the capital of Afghanistan and it’s largest city. It is located high up in a narrow valley between Hindu Kush mountains, with an elevation of 1790 meters. It is one of the highest capitals in the world.

2. Pamir Mountains, The Wakhan Corridor

The Wakhan Corridor lies in Northeastern Afghanistan and extends to China. It separates Tajikistan from Pakistan. The Corridor is a part of Badakhshan Province. It acted as a buffer between the Russian Empire and the British Empire.

3. The Bamiyan Valley

The Bamiyan valley is enclosed between the high mountains of the Hindu Kush. The cultural and archaeological remains of the valley represent the artistic and religious developments from the 1st to the 13th century. The area contains various Buddhist sanctuaries and monasteries. Unfortunately, the world’s tallest standing Buddha statues have been destroyed by the Taliban in 2001.

4. Band-e Amir National Park

Band-e Amir is a natural wonder with a range of 6 blue lakes. It is located in the Hindu Kush Mountains, the second highest mountain range in the world. Together with the Bamiyan Valley, it is the heart of tourism in Afghanistan.

5. The Province of Balkh

Balkh is an ancient city in northern Afghanistan, the capital of ancient Greek Bactria. It is considered as one of the oldest city in the world. Historically, it was an ancient center of Buddhism, Islam and Zoroastrianism. In the past, the city was completely destroyed and afterwards rebuild. In 148,0 the tomb of Ali, the Prophet Muhammad’s son-in-law, was discovered in the neighboring Mazar-e Sharif. Every year, thousands of pilgrims come to the capital to pay homage to the shrine of Ali.

The country has so many places to offer and is much more than the image we have of it.

Written by Hind Channa

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Hind Channa is an intern student at She's a Moroccan Belgian communication strategist and loves new challenges, to get completely out of her comfort zone, and travelling.