Archive for the ‘Afghanistan’

  • Panjshir Valley – The Afghan Beauty

    Posted in Afghanistan | May 17, 2012
    Panjshir Valley or Panjsher Valley is an area of verdant expanse in Afghanistan. This is the place to be if you come to this part of the world. Also meaning Valley of Five lions, this place is in the northern part of Kabul and has the Hindu Kush Mountains looming in the background. Situated in the Panjshir province of Afghanistan, this place has a lot of ethnic population. It is famous as the place where Ahmad Shag Massoud was born. The valley is with respect to the five Wali or protectors who were great spiritual brothers who used to live here. Legend has it that these five brothers together constructed a dam for the sultan of Ghazni – Mahmud. This was sometime in the early half of the 11th century. Even today the same foundations are a good  [...]
  • Afghanistan Culture And Cuisine

    Posted in Afghanistan | January 27, 2012
    Afghanistan culture dates back to more than two millenniums and has a history that is very ancient. Afghanistan literally means the place of the Afghans or the land of the Afghans. The Dari and Pashto are the official languages here. A tribal society with a nomadic trend this place has a plethora of cultural and linguistic aspects. The Pashtun people have a culture which is typically pashtun and they follow the Pashtunwali which is a very old form of lifestyle that is existing till today. The northern and the central parts of Afghanistan have a base of Persian culture while the western part has a mixture of both the Tajiks and the Pashtuns. In fact there are many non Pashtuns who have adopted Pashtunwali and in fact the process is called Pashtunization. Afghan  [...]
  • Festivals in Afghanistan

    Posted in Afghanistan | January 19, 2012
    Afghans have always been famous for celebrating their festivals with great pomp and glory. They are always loaded with enthusiasm and verve and are filled with a lot of energy. The festivals in Afghanistan can be of there categories – Religious, National, and traditional. Then there is the 10th day of the Muslim month of Muharram. This is celebrated in memory of the martyrdom that Prophet Mohamed’s grandson Imam Hussain has made. He is also known as Husayn bin Ali. He is considered as the Prophet’s successor by the Shias. The first day of the month of Muharram is revered as Muharram and is celebrated with due respects in Afghanistan. The tenth day is Ashura and is also revered in this month of mourning Muharram. The New Year Festival  [...]
  • Museums of Afghanistan

    Posted in Afghanistan | January 12, 2012
    Come to the land of Afghanistan and enjoy the beautiful work of art and culture that so much make up the traditional value of the place. Enjoy the museum tours here and delve into the wealth of the museum culture that prevails here. Embark on a journey to understand the local culture and tradition of the place and enjoy this travel experience. Visit the Museum of Afghan Civilization, which is a perfect example of a modern major museum which showcases all the collections of great value and tradition. The angular modern construction of this museum has been a brainchild of France’s Yona Friedman. This is a museum that showcases the entire Afghan art from ancient times till today. There would be works collected from across the world and the  [...]
  • Gandhara Art

    Posted in Afghanistan | January 5, 2012
    Art is a kind of expression of ones’ views, expressions and opinions. There are various kinds of art forms present in the world today, but the Gandhara Art still remains an area of interest and intrigue for all those who are interested in the development of art in the society. The Gandhara Art is a kind of art of Buddhist origin and was formed sometime in the 1st century BC and the 7th century AD. Originated in the region of Gandhara, which lies in the northwestern part of Pakistan and in the eastern part of Afghanistan today, this is also known by the name of the Greco Buddhist art. This art form is a result of the interests that developed in this field in the countries of Rome and Greek. When the art from these countries mixed with the  [...]
  • Buzkashi Afghanistan Game

    Posted in Afghanistan | December 29, 2011
    While you are in Afghanistan, sports and adventure become a part of your travel. The Buzkashi game is a very popular game in Afghanistan and literally means “goat grabbing’. It is an exciting game that is in fact the pride of all Afghans. In Afghanistan, if a game of Buzkashi is on, then time stands still and everyone around gathers to watch the game. It is also the national sport of Afghanistan. The game involves keeping a headless body of a goat or a calf in the middle of the field. There are two opposing teams. The idea is to take the carcass and carry it to the goal region. This is not as simple as it sounds and is played with a lot of skill. If it is a novice player, he wouldn’t be even as much be able to come close to the carcass.  [...]
  • Best Places to see in Kandahar, Afghanistan

    Posted in Afghanistan | December 22, 2011
    Lying in the southern part of Afghanistan, and bordering Pakistan, Kandahar today is a world famous spot  due to the regime of Taliban that originated here. It is the second largest Afghanistan city and has a history which speaks volumes about the past events here and tells stories about its destruction. There are many buildings in Kandahar which have been a mute testimony to the incidents that have rocked the history of Afghanistan. It is the capital of Kandahar province and is a great market for food grains, wool, sheep, cotton, tobacco, fresh and dried fruit. The city is shaped like a square and has a gate on all sides with the market at the centre. History has it that it was Alexander the great who founded Kandahar. Existing since 330  [...]
  • Places to see in Kabul

    Posted in Afghanistan | December 15, 2011
    Afghanistan the land of trade and culture is a place which has been war torn for many years. Kabul, its capital is also a similar witness to such conditions. Yet the land in itself is a beauty and the place is filled with excitement and interesting experiences. Located on the banks of the river Kabul, the city was a great tourist attraction. Today it has lost all that beauty because of the war torn stories here. Roads, telephonic communication, traffic system, renovation of buildings and water sanitation are all in doldrums due to the political conditions. Yet if you happen to be here, you still can try to visit the place and experience the rich history of this beautiful region in world history. Go to the Kabul Museum and see the finest items  [...]
  • Ghazni travel guide and places to see

    Posted in Afghanistan | December 8, 2011
    While in Afghanistan, Ghazni is surely a place to visit. This is a town situated very near Kabul. It was a great military and economic hub in Afghanistan and was earlier the capital of Mahmud of Ghazni. Ghazni is a place that has had many poets, artists, scientists and musicians. This cultural and historical centre of Afghanistan exudes the tremendous glory of the past. Ghazni, situated on the route to Kandahar and Kabul is a great trade hub for camel hair cloth, wool, sheep, fruits and corn and the world famous Afghan sheepskin coats. In the 7th century Ghazni was a major place of activity. It was here that the Arabs arrived and introduced the Islam religion. Then the saffarids totally ruined the city. In fact, Ghazni was the capital of the  [...]
  • Into these lands when the traveller Stept – Bamiyan

    Posted in Afghanistan | December 1, 2011
    Visit Afghanistan and go to Bamiyan, the main town in the province of Bamiyan. This lovely city with a huge ruin of Budha’s is a great tourist spot in Afghanistan. The place is filled with a natural beauty that is enviable and the surroundings entice the tourist to go round the place with a lot of interest. This quite, calm city is situated around 240 km to the west of the city of Kabul. This tranquil zone in Afghanistan is the place where you can find Mother Nature in full bloom and the whole area seemingly coming alive with the cultural diversity that is found here. Bamiyan is a place that has the best kind of ruins of the ancient past and the most interesting sculptures. The Kushan dynasty used to rule here and the caves of this period  [...]