Kabul is the capital of Afghanistan. The Afghani capital was wrecked by years of devastating war. Today, the city is rapidly rebuilding thanks to support from the international community and an economic boom. Kabul is now a fascinating snapshot of a new nation still under construction, and it is an exciting and inspiring introduction to Afghanistan. New buildings and restaurants seem to spring up every few weeks, and there is a cosmopolitan vibe growing once again in the air.
Best Time to Visit Kabul
Autumn is without doubt the best season to visit Afghanistan as the weather is dry with warm temperatures. If you go in summer, only in the mountains will you not suffer from the extreme heat.
Top Places to Visit in Kabul
Once one of the world’s greatest museums, with exhibits ranging from Greek coins to Islamic bronzes. The treasures include sections of a 12th-century Lashkar Gah mosque, a Greek inscription form Ai-Khanoum, 3rd-century limestone Buddhist statues and 15th-century pottery.
2. The National Gallery
The National Gallery is in the midst of a recovery, but the present collection is definitely worth seeing. Paintings and historic pictures by Afghan artists take center stage.
3. Babur’s Gardens
The most lovely place in Kabul is Babur’s Gardens, laid out in the early 16th century as the final resting place of the Mughal ruler Babur. The 11 hectares have been wonderfully restored after being left in ruins during the war, and today the gardens are the largest public green space in the capital. High walls surround the gardens, apricot, cherry and walnut trees provide shade and a pavilion sits in the center.
4. Sultani Museum
Sultani Museum is another one of Kabul’s most interesting sights. The private museum includes a collection of over 3,000 Afghan antiquities, including beautiful Qurans, gold plates, Graeco-Bactrian coins, Ghorid pottery and Islamic-era manuscripts.
5. Bala Hissar
Bala Hissar is an ancient fortress located in the city of Kabul, Afghanistan. The estimated date of construction is around the 5th century AD.
Other sights worth visiting in Kabul include the Ka Faroshi bird market, the Royal Palace of Darulaman, the Ghazi Stadium, the dazzling Mausoleum of Abdur Rahman Khan, the Mausoleum of Timur Shah, Bibi Mahru Hill, the Shah-e Doh Shamshira Mosque, the National Archive, the European Cemetery and the Mausoleum of Nadir Shah.