Flights to Afghanistan - The Homeland of Historic Ruins
With a history dating back to more than 4,000 years, Afghanistan offers a lot to see and do. Though the country is still recovering from the war and terror activities, Afghans are taking baby steps towards the path of rebuilding their economy. Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, is home to plenty of tourist attractions out of which Bagh-e-Babur, the tomb of Babur, and Kabul Zoo are worth-visiting. The country is popular for its beautifully designed rugs; the traditional rugs made by Baluchis and Turkomans are famous across the globe for their unique pattern and design.
Best time to visit Afghanistan
The country has a continental climate with freezing winters and hot summers. The temperatures can reach 50 °C in summers and 0 °C in winters. The months of April, May, and September are ideal to visit the country, as the weather conditions are better during these months.
How to reach Afghanistan
You can avail the services of major domestic and international airlines such as Air India, Gulf Air, and Jet Airways to fly to Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan. Currently, there are no direct flights from Indian cities to Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul. The airlines may stop over at layover airports in Bahrain, Mumbai, or Dubai. Traveling within the country is primarily done via minivans or cars. Avoid visiting Khyber Pass and Kurdistan, as these places are prone to attacks.
Accommodation in Afghanistan
There are decent accommodation facilities in Afghanistan which include luxury and mid-range hotels in Herat and Kabul. The starting price for hotels and guesthouses in Kabul is INR 600. It can go up to INR 17,500, depending on the facilities provided. Herat also has facilities for an overnight stay; the starting price will be approx. INR 1,000.
Must-visit places in Afghanistan
The National Museum of Afghanistan, Great Mosque of Herat, Kabul Zoo, Gardens of Babur, and Qargha Reservoir are the top tourist attractions in Afghanistan.
Kabul, the capital city of Afghanistan, boasts of a 4,000-year-old history. Bagh-e-Babur or Gardens of Babur, the place where the tomb of Babur is located, is a popular picnic spot as well as a tourist hotspot. Bagh-e-Bala (a palace), Bagh-e-Zana, an exclusive market area run by the ladies, British Cemetery, Darul Aman Palace, Kabul Zoo, Daoud Khan Memorial, Lake Qargha, and Paghman Gardens are the must-visit areas in Kabul.
The famous Buddhas of Bamiyan statues located in Central Afghanistan, built in the 4th and the 5th centuries, were an extraordinary work of ancient art. Unfortunately, they were destroyed by terrorists in 2001. Enjoy the view of Minaret of Jam, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is located on the way between Herat and Kabul. The towns of Herat and Mazar-i-Sharif are home to some of the finest mosques in the world.
Must-buys in Afghanistan
Afghanistan is quite famous for the rugs produced here. Baluchi rugs, Afghan rugs, and Turkoman rugs are considered the best quality rugs and most have a distinct geometrical pattern. Other things to buy include pots, vases, platters, and knives. Lapiz lazuli, a rich blue stone, woodcarvings, and ethnic jewelry are interesting souvenirs that you can take back home.
Cuisine of Afghanistan
Afghans love rice, which is evident from the of varieties of Palao (rice mixed with meat/veggies and herbs) in their cuisine. Alou Balou Palao (sweet rice dish with chicken and cherries), Chalao (parboiled and baked rice), Naan (a kind of bread), Qorma (a type of stew), Afghan Kebab, and Baklava (a sweet dish) are the must-tries.
•Which airlines offer cheap air tickets to Afghanistan?
The airlines which offer cheap air tickets to Afghanistan are Air India and Jet Airways.
•What is the time difference between India and Afghanistan?
India is ahead of Afghanistan by one hour.
•What is the time taken to reach Kabul from major Indian cities?
Bangalore to Kabul: 17 hours and 15 minutes
Chennai to Kabul: 15 hours and 10 minutes
Mumbai to Kabul: 8 hours and 50 minutes
New Delhi to Kabul: 15 hours and 5 minutes
•What are the major layover airports for connecting flights to Afghanistan from Indian cities?
The major layover airports for connecting flights from Indian cities to Kabul are at Bahrain, Mumbai, and Dubai.
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