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Contents

On the Road

Destination Afghanistan

Getting Started Itineraries History

The Culture Food & Drink Environment

Safety in Afghanistan

Working in Afghanistan

Kabul

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History 81 Climate 82 Orientation 83 Information 84 Dangers & Annoyances 87 Sights 87 Festivals & Events

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Sleeping 95 Eating 98 Drinking 101 Entertainment 102 Shopping 102 Getting There & Away 103 Getting Around

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Around Kabul

Istalif

Paghman

Qargha Lake Bagram

Panjshir Valley Salang Pass

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Bamiyan & Central Afghanistan

Climate 114 Getting There & Away 114

BAMIYAN

History 114 Orientation 116 Information 117 Sights 117 Sleeping 120 Eating 121 Getting There & Away 121 Around Bamiyan

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THE CENTRAL ROUTE 124

Practicalities 124 Bamiyan to Chaghcheran 125 Chaghcheran to Herat 126

Herat & Northwestern Afghanistan

Climate 132 Getting There & Away 132

HERAT

History 134 Orientation 135 Information 135 Dangers & Annoyances 135 Sights 135 Sleeping 140 Eating & Drinking

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Shopping 141 Getting There & Away 141 Getting Around

THE NORTHWEST

Herat to Maimana Maimana Andkhoi

Shiberghan

Mazar-e Sharif & Northeastern Afghanistan

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Climate 148 Getting There & Away 148

MAZAR-E SHARIF

History 149 Orientation 151 Information 151 Dangers & Annoyances 152

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