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Flights to Afghanistan

Afghanistan – The Land of the Mighty Pashtuns

Take flights to Afghanistan to explore this country which has been historically famous for being the focal point of the Silk Road and human migration. Landlocked between Central and South Asia, it is also a part of the Greater Middle east. The population of 30 million people make Afghanistan the 42nd most populous country in the world. In terms of land mass, it is the 41st largest country in the world. All the flights to Afghanistan land at the capital city, Kabul, which has the largest international airport in the country. Three decades of war has made Afghanistan one of the world's most dangerous countries.

About the Country

With huge mountains and dry plains, the climate of the country can be categorised as being arid to semi-arid with intense summer from June to August, mild to rigorous winters from December to March and limited amount of monsoon rains. The autumn season which last from September to November or spring from April to June are the best times to visit Afghanistan. Pashto and Dari (Persian) are the official languages of Afghanistan and bilingualism is very common. Over 99% of the Afghan population is Muslim, with approximately 80–85% is from the Sunni branch, 15–19% is Shias, and roughly 3% are non-denominational Muslims.

Major Cities & Attractions

Afghanistan is administratively divided into 34 provinces, known as wilayats, with each province having its own capital and a provincial administration. Kabul is the capital and the most important city in Afghanistan. Kandahar, Herat, Mazar-i-Sharif, Jalalabad, Lashkar Gah, Taloqan, Khost, Sheberghan, Ghazni are some of the most popular cities in Afghanistan.

If you are in Kabul then do not miss a trip to the Kabul museum which has valuable record of Central Asian history. Also known as Afghanistan museum, objects belonging to the Kushan, early Buddhism and early Islam can be seen here. The statue of Surya which has been excavated at Khair Khana is another major attraction. The ruined Darul Aman Palace, tomb of Mughal Emperor Babur at Bagh-e Babur, Chehlstoon Park, Minar-i-Istiqlal, the tomb of Timur Shah Durrani and the imposing Id Gah Mosque are some of the major sightseeing places in Kabul.

If you are interested in history then do not miss the Minaret of Jam in the Hari River valley, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The citadel of Alexander in Herat and Shrine of Hazrat Ali, also known as Blue Mosque in Mazar-i-Sharif are popular heritage attractions. If you are interested in enjoying the scenic beauty and natural attractions, then the ancient trade route of Khyber Pass should not be missed. Band-e-Amir is a cluster of five lakes collectively known as lake of jewels. Panjshir valley is located 150 km north of Kabul and is popular for its astonishing natural beauty. The cave complex of Tora Bora, around 50 km from Khyber Pass is also a known attraction.

Eating & Shopping

The Afghani cuisine is largely based upon the nation's chief crops such as wheat, maize, barley and rice. Some of the most commonly consumed food items are fruits like pomegranates, grapes and melon, vegetables and dairy products like milk, yoghurt and whey. Kabuli pulao, which is the national dish of Afghanistan is a delectable food item tourists should not miss savouring. In Afghanistan, food is generally served on a ‘dastwarkhan’, which is a large tablecloth that is spread over a traditional rug. A typical dwastarkhan will include breads, accompaniments, relishes, appetizers, main courses, salads, rice and fruits. Kebabs, pasta, Qorma, pilau and breads are commonly consumed. Serving tea and white sugared almonds is a familiar custom during Afghan festivals. The options of restaurants in Afghanistan are comparatively less as Afghans prefer eating at home. Most of the restaurants serve multi-cuisine options.

Afghanistan is very popular for its rugs and carpets, which makes them the most important buys on your shopping spree across the country. The prized gem Lapis Lazuli available in Afghanistan is the finest. Antiques of Afghanistan too make an interesting buy. Chicken Street and Flower Street in Kabul are two of the most popular shopping hubs and bargaining is highly recommended.

Flights to Afghanistan

All the flights to Afghanistan land at the Kabul airport, which is the largest international airport in the country. Kandhar airport and Herat airport in Afghanistan are also popular airports connecting Afghanistan with the rest of the world.

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