Herat, Afghanistan
 
Afghanistan
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Facts
Area:
652,090 km²
Population:
21,800,000 (1997)
Capital:
Kabul
Languages:
Pashto/Dari
Religions:
Muslim 99%
Currency:
1 afghani = 100 puls

 

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Our Thoughts

Afghanistan is worth the trouble. Visit people living in adobe houses powered by car batteries that are recharged everyday in town. Knock on any door and be offered dinner and a place to sleep. Listen to stories about the Taliban; people are open to talk. In Herat, everyone gets around in horse and buggy taxis. Women shuffle by in light blue burqas. Men don turbans and drape blankets around their shoulders. It won't take much imagination to feel like an 18th century explorer.

We poured over UN security reports and email postings on Lonely Planet's Thorntree before we decided to visit. Then we walked across the border from Iran...

Highlight: See buzkashi, a form of polo played with a headless goat carcass, possibly the most exotic sporting spectacle on earth.

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Itinerary
Trip 2003
January 21 Enter Afghanistan from Iran - travel to Herat
January 22-28 Herat - waiting for plane to Kabul
January 29- February 2 Kabul
February 3 Kabul - Pakistan via Khyber Pass
   
Highlights
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