Places You Must See in Afghanistan
Afghanistan, a country in the center of Asia is one of the countries with a lot of beautiful, fascinating and Gorgeous sceneries in the world. There are a lot of high mountains, green valleys, great rivers, and good-looking hill sides. There are also many historical places to see. Of 35 provinces most of them have at least some historical places.
Bamyan, one of the central provinces, is probably one of the most beautiful places we can every think of. It is famous for Band-e-amir and Statue of Buddha. Statue of Buddha is fifty three meters high and was built in the 5th century during Koshan ( Wikipedia ). This adds to its historical value because it talks about the architecture in the fifth century. It is said that this is the biggest Statue of Buddha in the world. Another important thing about this statue is that all other Buddha’s statues in the world show an image of Buddha in the sitting position while this one shows Buddha in a standing position.
Band-e-Amir is another nice place you may want to see. It is a beautiful lake between the mountains of Hazarajat. Actually it is 75 kilometers from Bamyan province. Things you can find along this great place is interesting green valleys, the lake itself which is very fascinating, and mountain rock-sides that is really amazing. Foreigners who have visited this place have told me that this is probably one of the best places in the world.
Coming to Kabul the capital of the country, you will have an option either to have a picnic in Paghman or Qargha. Paghaman, a valley in between Hindu-Kush mountains, with many mind-blowing gardens and mountain-rock sides is a place to have a picnic.
A lot of families come to this place on the weekends for picnics. A few years ago, after our final university exams, some of my classmates and I went to Paghman for a picnic. We took some pictures at the Paghman arc, which is a very famous historical arc just at the entrance of the Paghman valley. We rented a nice place at the hill side for one day and spent the rest of the day there. We did a lot of things for fun there. We flew kites, played cards and chess, we went to the pool for swimming and really enjoyed the party. We also cooked our own meal and had a lot of fun.
The final place I want to talk about is Qargha, a very nice lake in Kabul. Now a days this beautiful lake is a good place for holding a nice picnic. Many families come to this place also on the weekends for camping and having picnics. The lake is amazing and people can rent boats and enjoy a boat ride. People put up a tent an stay in it during the day. They cook their own Afghan food. The most popular food they make is Afghan grilled-kebab.
There are a lot of other places you can visit in different provinces of Afghanistan. If you are in Kabul don’t hesitate to see Paghman, but have very strong comfortable shoes, and if you prefer to go mountain climbing be aware of the snakes and watch carefully. Be ready to have some adventure!