Flights from Kabul
bring you to Bamiyan or Herat. The province of Herat is known for its saffron
. The clothing worn by the Afghan workers compliment the beauty of the colourful Crocus sativus plant as they harvest the stigma of each flower -- an exotic spice used in cooking, as well as for medicinal purposes – grown in farmlands in Herat
The landscape of Afghanistan is diverse
with the Hindukush mountains, deserts and lakes. Skiers can participate in a back-country ski race, The Afghan Ski Challenge
which is held every spring in Bamyan Province. This province was a central trading point along what was known as the Silk Road
route which was used for transferring goods from Asia
. The Bamyan Valley has a Buddhist history which began in ancient times and it contains archeological sites. With its red cliffs
as a backdrop, the lakes of lakes of Band-e-Amir appear as turquoise jewels in their brilliant contrast.
Alexander the Great
established Alexandria Arachosia in 329 BC, which he built around the ancient town of Arachosian. Today it is called Kandahar, also known as Qandahar, and it lies within Southern Afghanistan, bordering Pakistan
. Close by, you can see the famous landmark, the Baba Wali shrine
, a white building with turquoise-coloured domes which is located by the Arghandab River.
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