The tourism industry is an industry developed in Afghanistan in the early 1970s with the help of the government but not developed since 1979 due to domestic political instability. Travel in the country has been extremely restricted due to the US initiative campaign against the Taliban and Al-Qaeda. There are no tourist statistics about the country and we do not know how many people visit the country every year.
When it comes to Afghanistan, civil war usually comes first. But in recent years the impact of civil war has declined and many regions, especially the capital Kabul, have become safe.
Update: as of 15 August 2021 it is not safe to visit Afghanistan as the Taliban have taken control of the country.
10 reasons to go to Afghanistan (once it is safe again) with 3 thousand years of history and culture.
1. Gardens of Babur
The Gardens of Babur in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, was founded by Zahir-ud-din Muhammed Babur in 1528. This garden, which is open every day of the week, is one of the most popular places in the city with its colorful image and its peaceful atmosphere. You must visit this spot to rest in the city and find peace.
2. National Museum of Afghanistan
Kabul Museum or the National Museum of Afghanistan is a tourist complex located 9 km south of Kabul. This museum was opened in 1922 on a visit to Afghanistan Emiri Emanullah Khan. The museum building is two storeys and has many artifacts in it. You should definitely visit this museum to see and examine the history and culture of Afghanistan soon.
3. Abdul Rahman Mosque
The Abdul Rahman Mosque or Grand Mosque, located in Kabul, capital of Afghanistan, is one of the largest mosques in Asia. At the same time, it provides the possibility of worshiping 10 thousand people. In addition, there is a wonderful library with 15 thousand books in the mosque. Be sure to visit this mosque symbol of the city and the country.
4. Minaret of Jam
The Minaret of Jam was opened in 1190 years ago. This minaret, 65 meters high, is definitely worth seeing. Until today, it has been through repairs many times. Be sure to visit this minaret, which has become the symbol of the country. This building has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2002.
5. Herat Citadel
Herat Castle, also known as Iskender Fortress, is located in Herat, the second largest city in the country with a population of about 1.5 million in Afghanistan. This castle is 3-4 BC. It is estimated that it was built by Alexander the Great in centuries, and for this reason it is also known as Alexander Castle. You should definitely visit this place which still has great importance today.
6. Kabul Zoo
The Kabul Zoo in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, was founded in 1967 near the Kabul river. There are more than 100 animals here. You should come here to see and recognize the animal species in the region.
7. Band-e Amir National Park
Band-e Amir National Park, located in the province of Bamyan in the eastern part of Afghanistan, is the first national park in Afghanistan opened on April 22, 2009. Due to geological movements, a wonderful natural formation has emerged. This formation is protected. Apart from that, visit Buddha sculptures in Bamyan city.
8. Qargha Reservoir
The Qargha Reservoir, which is the Dam Zone 15 km west of Kabul, the capital city of the country, is a wonderful lake with a length of 450 meters and a width of 8 meters. There are numerous leisure and accommodation areas in and around the lake. This lake in under protection since 1933.
Mazar-i-Sharif, the center of Belh in northern Afghanistan, is the fourth largest city in the country. In this holy city, there is also the grave of Ali ibn Abi Talib, the cousin of the Prophet of the Islamic Religion. You should come here and visit these religious buildings absolutely.
Located in the east of the country, Jalalabad is an important city connecting Afghanistan and Pakistan and two countries in a real sense. This city is popular with its history. When we look at the history of this city, it has hosted many different civilizations.