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What to do in Kabul and Afghanistan, the country where kite flying is a National Sport!


Afghanistan is a country known for its ancient and rich history. We have many sites that can be visited, starting with the impressive city of Herat, one of the oldest in the country, with its incredible architectural structures and the remarkable Herat Grand Mosque. Another place that you cannot miss is the city of Mazar-i-Sharif, famous for the colorful Hazrat Ali Sanctuary, which is a spectacle in itself.


Speaking of tourist attractions, how about our list of the 5 best places to visit in Afghanistan? We include the Band-e-Amir National Park with its incredible blue lakes, the city of Bamyan which was home to the ancient giant Buddha statues, the Darul Aman Palace in Kabul, the Panjshir Valley known for its stunning natural beauty, and lastly, but not least, the Minaret of Jam, a 12th century wonder.


So, if you decide to take this trip, you must prepare. The local currency is Afghani, the languages spoken are Pashto and Dari, and yes, Brazilians need a visa to enter the country.


But talking more about the country, Afghanistan's socio-economic and political situation is complex. Despite having gone through decades of war, the country is in a constant process of reconstruction and adaptation. There is a great economic disparity and challenges in the field of education and health. Politically, the country is going through a process of democratic construction, although there are still tensions and conflicts.


We were in Afghanistan coming from Iran, and we entered the Herat region, we didn't feel unsafe, but we saw that people feel scared by the look of their eyes, the temperature reached 5 degrees in the mountains.


Now, remember that curiosity we promised at the beginning? Yes, kite flying is a national sport in Afghanistan. Called Gudiparan Bazi, it is a popular pastime, especially among Afghan boys, and was even portrayed in the famous book "The Kite Runner". Have you ever imagined that?

Exploring Kabul can be an incredibly rich and multifaceted experience, given its deep history and vibrant culture. Here are some suggestions for what to do in Kabul, Afghanistan:

1. Visit the National Museum of Afghanistan : This museum houses artifacts that tell the story of Afghanistan, from prehistory to modern times, including Buddhist art and Islamic items.

2. Explore Babur Gardens : These historic gardens are a serene place, offering a green and peaceful space in the middle of the city. They also house the tomb of the founder of the Mughal Empire, Babur.

3. Darshan at Timur Shah Mausoleum : This mausoleum is an important historical landmark and serves as a reminder of the rich history of Afghanistan.

4. Shopping at Pul-e Khishti Market : For an authentic experience, visit this local market where you can find a variety of goods, from traditional handicrafts to local spices and foods.

5. Visit the Shah-e Doh Shamshira Mosque : A mosque with unique architecture that reflects a mix of Islamic and European styles.

6. Asmai Hills Hike : For nature lovers and adventure seekers, a hike in the Asmai Hills offers spectacular views of the city and a peaceful escape from the urban hustle and bustle.

7. Visit Darul Aman City and Darul Aman Palace : Although the palace has suffered significant damage over the years, it remains a powerful symbol of Afghanistan's history and a restoration project is underway to restore it to its former glory.

Before planning your visit to Kabul, it is crucial to check current security conditions as the situation can change quickly. Always consult reliable sources and consider speaking to a specialist travel agency that knows the region well.

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