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Kabul Travel Guide: 139 reviews and 289 photos

The scene

I arrived in Kabul from Peshawar, Pakistan. The trip over the Kyber Pass was great, but nothing compared to the mountain passes just before arriving in Kabul. I've done a separate travellog with some of the photos.

On my first evening, electricity went out various times. By 10p, the streets are pretty much deserted and my hotel was gated up.
On the second morning I walked around, and stopped for tea. In the back courtyard, 50 or so men we're yelling/cheering; turns out it was a cockfight.

There is definitely evidence that life here has not been the easiest as of late. Children and adults begging (and shop owners generally giving money to them). Lots of activity around the sale of basic stoves/fuel. No working street lights/crosswalks.

One highlight has been the incredible number of kites in the sky.

Downtown Kabul (17 Oct 03)

It was great to walk around the city, watching the day to day life, and avoiding stepping in the drainage ditch between the road and sidewalk

A third street scene (with chickens for sale)

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Signs of rebuilding. Friendly people, feels safe during the day
  • Cons:Many signs of destruction from the last decade, still not completely safe
  • In a nutshell:Very interesting city; glad I went
  • Last visit to Kabul: Oct 2003
  • Intro Updated Oct 20, 2004
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  • victorwkf's Profile Photo
    Aug 29, 2009 at 9:20 AM

    Great information and photos of Kabul, hopefully life will improve significantly for the Afghanistan people

  • bijo69's Profile Photo
    Oct 5, 2004 at 2:10 PM

    Always very intersting to read about places where few people go. Thanks a lot!

  • Tijavi's Profile Photo
    Sep 23, 2004 at 4:01 AM

    This page deserves a 5-star rating not just for the helpful tips and colorful pics, but also for having the courage to visit this wonderful city. Wish I have your courageous and adventurous spirit, too. Thanks.

  • husain's Profile Photo
    Feb 16, 2004 at 10:00 PM

    very keen to see what kind of stuff they manage to put together for the museum... great page!

  • Pakistaniguy's Profile Photo
    Nov 28, 2003 at 2:37 AM

    ExCeLlEnT Page and Tips ! A appreciate ur bravery to visit Kabul when most of the tourist including me, avoid such places !

  • tini58de's Profile Photo
    Nov 16, 2003 at 1:36 AM

    VERY Interesting, indeed - sounds strange to read about tourist places in Kabul! Thanks for sharing, Michael and good luck on your trip!

  • AndreSTGT's Profile Photo
    Nov 13, 2003 at 4:27 AM

    Very interesting!!! When i was in Peshawar a couple of years ago it was still next to impossible to cross the Khyber.

  • Vintom's Profile Photo
    Nov 12, 2003 at 9:17 AM

    Very good and full of interest. Will read the rest of your trip account for sure.

  • SirRichard's Profile Photo
    Nov 10, 2003 at 8:09 AM

    Great first hand tips on this interesting & unknown country recovering from a war... Interesting to see how the after-war goes!

  • Nourin's Profile Photo
    Nov 2, 2003 at 1:07 AM

    The park behind Cinema Park is simply called Park Shahr-e Naw. There has not been a curfew in Kabul this new to my knowledge, are you sure?

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