Welcome to Afghanistan


The most recent cycle of violence started with the Soviet invasion of 1979, a bloody 'David and Goliath' conflict, with the underdogs eventually besting the superpower. But the war's dividend wasn't peace, but a ruinous civil war – a morass that came back to haunt the West in the shape of the medieval Taliban. The subsequent ousting of the Taliban promised another new start, but Afghanistan's rebirth as an infant democracy has been troubled at best. Despite early promise, stability has proved difficult to find, with patchy reconstruction and the south of the country in particular bleeding from a deep-rooted insurgency.

Yet before all this bloodshed, Afghanistan had formed part of the original overland hippie trail, beguiling its visitors with great mountain ranges, a rich mix of cultures – and the Afghan people themselves, who greeted all with an easy charm and ready hospitality.

A battered, but beautiful and proud country, Afghanistan's road to recovery lies as strewn with pitfalls as ever, and the resilience of its people remains under strain.


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$543 Cultural & Theme Tours

4-Night Kashgar Tour of Xinjiang

Day 1: Arrive in KashgarYour guide will pick up from Kashgar airport and transfer to your hotel.Day 2: Explore Kashgar cityExplore rich culture of the Uighurs in Kashgar. First, visit Livestock market which is the most interesting and traditional part of the Sunday market. Then, continue on to the largest bazaar in Central Asia at the Kashgar Sunday Main Bazaar. Later, spend time by Id Kah mosque, the largest mosque in China, and marvel at the intricate architecture of Kashgar’s historic Apak hoja tomb. You will also spend time in Kashgar old town and have dinner with a local Uighur family.Accommodation: 4-star Qinibagh HotelDay 3: Kashgar to Karakul Lake and stay at a local family yurtToday set out along the Sino-Pakistan Karakorum Highway on Pamir Plateau (the roof of the world) where you will see colorful Oytagh Kunlunshan Mountain range and Bulungkol Valley (White Sand Mountain) before visiting Karakul Lake (11,811f/3600m above sea level). The lake sits at the feet of the notorious, Muztagh Ata (24758f/7546m) and Gongur (25,3235f/7719m) Mountains. "Muztagh Ata" means Father of the Ice Mountain and is one the most beautiful and mysterious mountains in the world. Travelers from around the world visit here to experience the live of its own, which is why you must spend the night in a yurt of a local Kyrgyz family.Accommodation: YurtDay 4: Karakul Lake to Tashkorgan After breakfast, hike around Karakul lake. You can visit local villages and homes of local residents before driving to Tashkorgan after lunch. Cross through Subash Pass, from where, you can see more beautiful views of the valley and majestic peaks of Muztagh Ata and Konger. If you prefer, your driver and guide will make a stop at Tagharma Village surrounded by beautiful grassland and colorful trees for you to visit a local Tajik family before arriving in Tashkorgan in late afternoon to enjoy some personal free time. Tashkorgan, used to be an important hub on the old Silk Road, is an area borders Pakistan and Afghanistan with Kunjerab Pass connecting them.Accommodation: 4-Star Crown Inn HotelDay 5: Tashkorgan to Kashgar/departVisit Stone Fort, Tajik Village, Prairies, Tashkorgan Museum, and then drive back Kashgar. After breakfast, you will have an opportunity to see the ancient stone fort of the town, Tashkurgan, which is still standing after 1,800 years! Then, walk around Tajik neighborhoods and pay a visit to local Tajik families living in this historic town. After lunch, drive back Kashgar and you will be transferred to Kashgar Airport where this 5-day tour concludes.

$27.60 Cultural & Theme Tours

Walking city tour of Minsk

Learn the history of the capital and largest city of Belarus on a walking tour of the historic center of Minsk. Meet your local guide at the main entrance of the Orthodox Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, and then take a stroll around the main highlights. Get a well rounded introduction to the history, buildings and events of the city from a guide licensed by the local ministry of tourism. Pass wonderful viewing points close to the cathedral to take souvenir photos. Discover the Music Hall that used to be part of a monastery in historical times, and experience its special atmosphere and architecture. Walk to Nemiga Bridge over the Svisloch River, and then explore the old town suburb of Troitskoe Predmestye. Learn how people lived in the city in the 18th century. Continue to the Island of Tears to see the memorial and hear stories of the Soviet soldiers from Belarus who died in the decade-long war with Afghanistan between 1979 and 1989.

$224 Multi-day & Extended Tours

2-Day Private Trip to Tashkorgan from Karshgar with Accommodation

Day 1: Kashgar - Karakul Lake - Tashkorgan (L, D) Your English speaking guide and private car will pick you up at 8:00am in your hotel's lobby.Then heading directly to the Karakul lake which is on the way to Tashkorgan. It will take about four hours. You will heading to the Karakul Lake via China-Pakistan Karakorum Highway.The Karakoram Highway, also known as the Friendship Highway in China, was built by the governments of Pakistan and China.It is one of the highest paved roads in the world.On the way you will pass through some small villages, the stunning scenery along the way almost completely unspoiled,site back and enjoy the sceneries along the way. Karakul Lake is the highest lake of the Pamir plateau.Surrounded by mountains which remain snow-covered throughout the year.The lake is popular among travellers for its beautiful scenery and the clarity of its reflection in the water, whose color ranges from a dark green to azure and light blue. While the lake and mountainside is very beautiful and picturesque, it was more the experience of meeting the local Kirghiz people who constantly moving from pasture to pasture. Your lunch will be hold in their yurt where you can enjoy all the charms of a nomadic lifestyle.Arrive Tashkorgan in the late afternoon and stay overnight in the per-arranged accommodation (inclusive).Day 2: Tashkorgan - Kashgar (B, L)After breakfast you will heading directly to visit the Stone Fort and visit Tajik villageTaskorgan County is located in the eastern part of the Pamir Plateau, at the borders with Afghanistan,Tajikistan and Pakistan.It was once an important hub on the old Silk Road.Because of its strategic importance, it was made the capital of Puli Country in Western Regions during the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220). After the Western Regions were unified and ruled by the Tang Government, administrative offices were established here. Later in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) the Government repaired its old buildings and enlarged its area.It was in the late Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) that the Government built a new city to the south and the Stone City was abandoned.Built on a mound of 20 meters high, all that remains of the Stone City today are some parts of the periphery of city, such as the gate, city wall whereas the buildings inside the city had all collapsed. However you can still enjoy the view of the ruined city, the surrounding snow-crowned mountains, grasslands, rivers and even the flavor of national traits of the Tajik people. Here you will not only enjoy the nature beauty of the area, but also to get to know better the life of the local Tajik people and their unique culture!After lunch, drive back to Kashgar, and you can make stops along the way if you want to take photos. Return to your Kashgar city hotel around 7pm.

$65.89 Cultural & Theme Tours

Pamukkale Tours From Turunc

What is Pamukkale?The surreal, brilliant white travertine terraces and warm, limpid pools of Pamukkale hang,like the petrified cascade of a mighty waterfall, from the rim of a steep valley side in Turkey’s picturesque southwest.Truly spectacular in its own right, the geological phenomenon that is Pamukkale, literally "Cotton Castle" in Turkish,is also the site of the remarkably well-preserved ruins of the Greek-Roman city of Hierapolis.With such a unique combination of natural and man-made wonders it’s little wonder that Pamukkale-Hierapolis has been made a Unesco World Heritage site.With over two million visitors annually, it is also Turkey’s single most visited attraction.Why go?There are dramatic travertine terraces dotted all around the globe, from China to Iran, the USA to Afghanistan.But nowhere else in the world can visitors enjoy exploring both picturesque travertine formations,built up over the millennia from limestone deposited by the abundant hot springs, and the colonnaded streets,temples, bath houses, necropolis and theatre of the remains of an idyllically located Greek-Roman spa city, Hierapolis.You can even bathe, as the Romans once did, in a picturesque pool filled with warm (around 36C), mineral rich waters and swim amongstsubmerged columns of great antiquity.

$186 Outdoor Activities

Kite Flying & Turban Tying Experience At Dera Mandawa, Jaipur

You will be picked up from your hotel and driven to Dera Mandawa, a boutique hotel located in a beautiful 19th century mansion. As soon as you enter the hotel, you are captivated by the luxury and traditional charm of the surroundings.Upon arrival you will be greeted in the traditional way by attentive staff who will help you tie a colorful turban around your head. Then move over to the terrace of the mansion and get initiated into the art of kite flying.Kite flying has been a passionate hobby in the entire Indian Subcontinent, stretching from Afghanistan to Bangladesh. The young and old alike spend hours in this favorite pastime. Learn how to harness the kite with the specially made string and watch your kite soar up in the sky. Spend the next few hours in gay abandon as you learn to handle the kite. You may even get to see some locals engaged in kite flying from the terraces of their homes.Enjoy a cup of tea and some light refreshments after which you will be driven back to your hotel.

$12 Cultural & Theme Tours

Delhi Sightseeing Day Tour of OLD and NEW Delhi

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Friday Mosque (Jama Masjid), New Delhi, National Capital Territory of DelhiThe Masjid-i Jahān-Numā, commonly known as the Jama Masjid of Delhi, is one of the largest mosques in India. It was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan between 1644 and 1656 at a cost of 1 million rupees, and was inaugurated by an Imam from Bukhara, present-day Uzbekistan.The mosque was completed in 1656 AD with three great gates, four towers and two 40 metres high minarets constructed with strips of red sandstone and white marble. The courtyard can accommodate more than 25,000 people. There are three domes on the terrace which are surrounded by the two minarets. On the floor, a total of 899 black borders are marked for worshippers. The architectural plan of Badshahi Masjid, built by Shah Jahan's son Aurangzeb at Lahore, Pakistan, is similar to the Jama Masjid.Duration: 40 minutesStop At: Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, National Capital Territory of DelhiThe Chandni Chowk is one of the oldest and busiest markets in Old Delhi, India. Chandni Chowk is located close to Old Delhi Railway Station. The Red Fort monument is located within the market. It was built in the 17th century by Mughal Emperor of India Shah Jahan and designed by his daughter Jahanara. The market was once divided by canals to reflect moonlight and remains one of India's largest wholesale markets.Duration: 40 minutesStop At: Red Fort (Lal Quila), New Delhi, National Capital Territory of DelhiRed Fort is a historic fort in the city of Delhi in India. It was the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal dynasty for nearly 200 years, until 1856. It is located in the center of Delhi and houses a number of museums. In addition to accommodating the emperors and their households, it was the ceremonial and political center of the Mughal state and the setting for events critically impacting the region.Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Raj Ghat, New Delhi, National Capital Territory of DelhiRaj Ghat is a memorial dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi in Delhi, India. Originally it was the name of a historic ghat of Old Delhi. Close to it, and east of Daryaganj was Raj Ghat Gate of the walled city, opening at Raj Ghat to the west bank of the Yamuna River. Later the memorial area was also called Raj ghat. It is a black marble platform that marks the spot of Mahatma Gandhi's cremation, Antyeshti on 30 January 1948, a day after his assassination. It is left open to the sky while an eternal flame burns at one end. Located on Delhi's Ring Road, officially known as Mahatma Gandhi Road, a stone footpath flanked by lawns leads to the walled enclosure that houses the memorial.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Qutub Minar, New Delhi, National Capital Territory of DelhiThe Qutub Minar, also spelled as Qutab Minar, or Qutb Minar, is the tallest minaret in the world made up of bricks. The minaret forms a part of the Qutab complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Mehrauli area of Delhi, India. Qutub Minar is a 73-metre tall tapering tower of five storeys, with a 14.3 metres base diameter, reducing to 2.7 metres at the top of the peak. It contains a spiral staircase of 379 steps. Its design is thought to have been based on the Minaret of Jam, in western Afghanistan.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Lotus Temple, New Delhi, National Capital Territory of DelhiThe Lotus Temple, located in Delhi, India, is a Bahá'í House of Worship that was dedicated in December 1986, costing $10 million. Notable for its flowerlike shape, it has become a prominent attraction in the city. Like all Bahá'í Houses of Worship, the Lotus Temple is open to all, regardless of religion or any other qualification. The building is composed of 27 free-standing marble-clad "petals" arranged in clusters of three to form nine sides, with nine doors opening onto a central hall with a height of slightly over 40 metres and a capacity of 2,500 people. The Lotus Temple has won numerous architectural awards and has been featured in many newspaper and magazine articles. A 2001 CNN report referred to it as the most visited building in the world.Duration: 40 minutesPass By: Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi, National Capital Territory of DelhiThe Rashtrapati Bhavan is the official home of the president located at the Western end of Rajpath in New Delhi, India. Rashtrapati Bhavan may refer to only the 340-room main building that has the president's official residence, including reception halls, guest rooms and offices, also called the mansion; it may also refer to the entire 130-hectare Presidential Estate that additionally includes huge presidential gardens, large open spaces, residences of bodyguards and staff, stables, other offices and utilities within its perimeter walls. In terms of area, it is the largest residence of any head of state in the world.Stop At: India Gate, New Delhi, National Capital Territory of DelhiThe India Gate (originally called the All India War Memorial) is a war memorial located astride the Rajpath, on the eastern edge of the "ceremonial axis" of New Delhi, India, formerly called KingswayDuration: 20 minutesStop At: Agrasen Ki Baoli - Leamigo, New Delhi, National Capital Territory of DelhiAgrasen ki Baoli, designated a protected monument by the Archaeological Survey of India under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act of 1958, is a 60-meter long and 15-meter wide historical step well on Hailey Road near Connaught Place, Jantar Mantar in New Delhi, India. Although there are no known historical records to prove who built Agrasen ki Baoli, it is believed that it was originally built by the legendary king Agrasen, and rebuilt in the 14th century by the Agrawal community which traces its origin to Maharaja Agrasen. It is a popular tourist destination and hangout in New Delhi.. The Baoli is open for public viewing seven days a week from 9 am to 5.30pm. The entry is free for all. Photography charges are also nil.Duration: 20 minutes