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K ABUL

CENTRAL KABUL

INFORMATION

DHL....................................... D3 Canadian Embassy................. E3 Blossom Group Hospital......... C2 Belgian Embassy..................... E2 Bakhtary Net Cafe................. D3 Anaar Travel.......................... C3 AM Internet Club.................. D3 AIMS..................................... C3 Bank................................... E3 Afghanistan International

Uzbekistani Embassy............ E2 US Embassy.......................... F3 UK Embassy......................... E3 Turkmenistani Embassy........ E2 Turkish Embassy................... E3 Travel World........................ C3 TNT..................................... D4 Tajikistani Embassy............... E3 Swiss Embassy...................... E2 Swedish Embassy................. E2 Standard Chartered Bank..... E2 Sky Travel & Tours............... E2 Shah M Books..................... D4 Post Office.......................... D4 Park Netcafé........................ C3 Pakistani Embassy................. E3 Norwegian Embassy............. E2 New Haider Internet............ D2 Net Café............................(see 28) Moneychangers Offices....... E3 Kabul Bank.......................... D3 Japanese Embassy................ E3 Italian Embassy..................... E4 Iranian Embassy................... D3 Department..................... C4 Interior Central Passport Indian Embassy.................... C3 Habibi Bookstore................. D3 Goethe Institut.................... D4 German Embassy.................. E3 French Embassy.................... E3 Emergency Hospital............. D3 Dutch Embassy.................... C3 Dunya Travels...................... C3 Diagnostic Centre............ C3 DK German Medical

Hisa-ye Karte Parwan

18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10

24 23 22 21 20 19

Aliabad

42 41 40 39 38 37 36 35 34 33 32 31 30 29 28 27 26 25

9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

71 87 89

Charahi Sar Sabzi

Kolola Pushta Hill

90

SIGHTS & ACTIVITIES

National Archives................ D4 European Cemetery............. D2

44 43

SLEEPING

Star Inn............................... D3 Shahr-e Nau Guest House... D3 Salsal Guest House.............. D3 Safi Landmark Hotel............(see 0) Sarai Hotel....................... D4 Rose Garden & Carwan Park Palace.......................... C3 Naween Guest House.......... C2 Mustafa Hotel..................... D4 Marco Polo Inn.................... C1 Maple Leaf Inn.................... C2 Le Monde Guest House....... C3 Kabul Lodge........................ C4 Kabul Inn............................. C2 Insaf Hotel.........................(see 80) Heetal Heritage Hotel........... E2 Golden Star Hotel................ D2 Gandamack Lodge.............. D3 Euro Guest House................. E2 B's Place............................... D1 Assa 3................................. D3 Assa 2................................. D2 Assa 1................................. D3

Charahi Dahani Bagh

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Kolola Pushta Fort

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Charahi Haji Yaqoub

95 91 11

City Centre

80

Kabul Quwayi Markaz Charahi

2 54 18 37 28 55

19 4

62 79 29 58 61 44

Charahi Sadarat

30 16

Malik Asghar Charahi

See Kabul River & Zarnegar Park Map (p93)

67 72 5 17 36

Charahi Ariana

21 25

Charahi Ansari

83 53

Qala-e Fatullah

88 57 48

Qala-e Musa

81 43

Mahru Hill

Bibi

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Business Centre

Kabul

51

Sherpur Mosque

74

Shahr-e Nau Park

63 45 23 46 76 68 3

Shahr-e Nau

40 47

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Charahi Torabaz Khan

9 13

Charahi Sherpur

20 38 15

Charahi Zambaq

14

Wazir Akbar Khan

Charahi

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SHOPPING

Zarif & Royah.................. D2 Tarsian & Blinkley............ D2 Nomad Carpet Gallery..... C3 Centre.........................(see 4) Afghan Handicrafts Afghan Gallery................ C2

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TRANSPORT

PIA................................... E3 Kam Air...........................(see 0) Iran Asseman Airlines....... F2 Indian Airlines..................(see 4) Azerbaijan Airlines........... C3 Ariana Afghan Airlines..... E3 Air Arabia......................(see 11)

95 94

Kabul River

Pul-eMahmoud Khan

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84 33 77 93 66 6 78 24 31 26 73 65 39

Wazir Akbar Khan

97 8

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DRINKING

Mustafa Hotel...............(see 58) L'Atmosphere.................. C1 Hare & Hounds..............(see 50) Deutscher Hof................. D1 Cabul Coffee House......... C1

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Charahi Massoud

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EATING

French Bakery.................. D3 Flower Street Café........... C1 Everest Pizza.................... E2 Delhi Darbar.................... D3 Chief Burger.................... D3 Chelsea Supermarket....... D3 Carlitos..........................(see 52) Baku................................. E2 Anaar............................... E2

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Vila Velebita..................... F2 Taverna du Liban............. E2 Sufi 2.............................. D2 sellers.......................... D3 Street Food stalls/Juice Shandiz............................ E3 Shamiana........................(see 0) Samarqand...................... D2 Popolano......................... C3 Le Bistro.......................... D3 Lai Thai............................ E2 La Cantina....................... D2 Kulba Afghan.................. D2 Khosha..........................(see 51) Jaisalmer.......................... D1 Herat............................... D3 Golden Key Seafood........ E2

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84 KABUL •• Information

Also levelled in war was the model dis-

trict of Darulaman in west Kabul, home of the former palace and the Kabul Museum. Kabul International Airport lies north-

east of the city at the end of Great Massoud (formerly Airport) Rd, near the Socialist- era apartment blocks of Microrayon.

Maps

Shops and street kids in the Chicken St area sell large maps of Kabul but these are copies of 1970s maps and very out of date.

Afir (Map p85 ; House 2, Street 3, Sarakh-e Taimani, Qala-e Fatullah; h3-8pm) Has a popular and useful Kabul map aimed primarily at expats. AIMS (Map p85 ; x070 248827; www.aims.org.af; Salang Wat) Sells detailed city and country maps produced mainly for government and NGOs. Order in advance.

INFORMATION

Bookshops

In addition to the shops below, Zardozi ( p102 ) has a large book-swap facility.

Habibi Bookstore (Map p85 ; Chicken St) Another well- stocked bookshop, also sells some international magazines. Shah M Books (Map p85 ; Charahi Sadarat) Compre- hensively stocked with Afghan-related titles – if they don’t have it, it probably wasn’t published. Wide range of postcards (with stamps). A mobile shop (Books & Rivers) was being launched as we went to press.

Cultural Centres

British Council (x079 9000 101; www.britishcouncil .org/afghanistan.htm; House No 15-17 behind Nadirya High School, Kart-e-Parwan) Visiting Arts programme provides links between Afghan and UK artists; occasional events. Centre Culturel Français (Map p93 ; x079 9304 351; www.ambafrance-af.org; Charahi Malik Asghar, next to Lycée Estiqlal) Occasional film showing and music concerts. Goethe-Institut Kabul (Map p85 ; x070 274606; www.goethe.de/kabul; Shah Mahmoud Wat, Wazir Akbar Khan) Film showings most Saturdays.

Emergency

Afghan NGO Security Office (ANSO; x070 283320/

079 9322 133; coordinator@afgnso.org) Ambulance (x020 112/079 9357 049) ISAF (x079 9512 904) Kabul City Police (x020 100/079 9046 714) Kabul Fire Brigade (x020 210 1333)

Internet Access

Internet places open and close with reckless abandon. Broadband is the standard, with fees around 40Afg to 70Afg per hour.

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AM Internet Club (Map p85 ; Flower St) Bakhtary Net Cafe (Map p85 ; Chicken St) In courtyard off main street. New Haider Internet (Map p85 ; Charahi Haji Yaqub) Park Net Cafe (Map p93 ; Mohammed Jan Khan Wat)

Internet Resources

Survival Guide to Kabul (www.kabulguide.net)

Has a very useful bulletin board for news among the expat community.

What’s On in Kabul (kabul.news@caritas.org) Weekly

newsletter with news and listings.

Media

NEWSPAPERS & MAGAZINES

Kabul has a selection of English-language

newspapers. The Afghanistan Times, Kabul Times, Kabul Daily and Kabul Weekly are

the pick, all featuring a mix of local jour- nalism and syndicated international news. Also look out for the military ISAF News, in English, Dari and Pashto.

Afghan Scene (www.afghanscene.com) Free glossy monthly magazine aimed at the international community, distributed widely across Kabul.

New Kabul/Les Nouvelles de Kaboul (www.ainaworld

.org) A new magazine in English and French produced by media NGO Aina, launched as we were going to press.

RADIO

These radio stations broadcast on FM in Kabul (remember that news bulletins are on

the half hour):

Arman FM (98.1FM) Afghan popular music.

BBC World Service (89.0FM)

Deutsche Weille (90.5FM) In English and German.

Kabul Armed Forces Network/National Public

Radio (107.3FM) US radio. Radio France Internationale (89.5FM) In English and French.

Medical Services

There are plenty of pharmacies in Kabul, but check drugs for expiry dates. Embassies can provide lists of recommended medical services, but the following hospitals are run to international standards:

Blossom Group Hospital (Map p85 ; x070 298397; www.blossom-group.org; Hanzala Mosque Rd, Shahr-e Nau; h24hr) Private Indian-run hospital with walk in general practice clinic and emergency treatment. Cure International Hospital (Map p80 ; x079 9883 830; near Darulaman Palace, Jad-e Darulaman; h8am- 3pm Sat-Wed, 8am-12pm Thu, closed Fri) General practice and surgery.

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