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 Hotel Day 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 Hotel Day 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.

$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.

$65.78 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.

$42 Tours & Sightseeing

Hikkaduwa by Tuk Tuk - half day sightseeing tour from Hikkaduwa

Passengers will be picked up from any hotel in Hikkaduwa,half day sightseeing  tour for five hours and that begins with the key sights of Hikkaduwa and suburb by Tuk Tuk . An additional hour on clients request ,sightseeing  tour beginning by visiting Hikkaduwa Buddhist temple call Jananandharamaya which is more than 100 year old temple after that visit Seenigama Muhudu Viharaya which is the local god for Fisherman's who is call God Seenigama and he is famous due the deity in charge of the temple and it is also a place famous for those who have been robbed to seek retribution. Devotees and visitors get to the main temple via boat, there you can buy a special oil made of chilli and pepper to be lit at the altar while reciting a mystic mantra asking for retribution from the robbery committed against them.next visiting places will be Tsunami Honganji Vihara This Buddha statue was opened on the 26th of December 2006 at Paraliya as a memorial to the over 35,000 Sri Lankans killed by the Tsunami on the 26th December 2004. This statue is a exact replica of the 5th Century 175 feet Barmiyan Buddha Statue destroyed by the Muslim Fundamentalists in Afghanistan. This replica was created using the earliest known sketches of the statue.Turtle Hatchery & Tsunami Photo Museum is very next to this temple,Moonstone mines at Meetiyagoda is just a couple of kilometres from the coast, midway between Ambalangoda and Hikkaduwa, sitting over the earth’s largest pegmatite vein of moonstone. The ten mines in Meetiyagoda are by far the world’s primary source of blue moonstones.Madu Ganga river is a complex coastal ecosystem of mangroves and islands. It may be one of the last remaining tracts of pristine mangrove forests in Sri Lanka. A boat trip is a wonderful way of seeing some of the hundreds of species of plants and animals – monkeys eat fruit in the trees, a water monitor lizard glides slowly through the water, and cormorants, egrets and kingfishers wait patiently on the banks, eyeing the water for prey. There are around 64 islands in the river and lagoon, this boat safari you can complete within one and half hours . finally return to the hotel.