8 days Itinerary for Afghanistan Bamyan Mazar

8 days Itinerary for Afghanistan Bamyan Mazar

 

 

Day 1 Kabul

Arrival and briefing. You may have time to visit And view point Bibi Mehro Hill, Chicken Street, Afternoon Flight to Mazar, Overnight in Mazar,

Day 2  Mazar e Sharif – visit Balkh

Full day in Mazar & Balkh

You will have time to visit the majestic blue tiled tomb of Hazrat Ali, Afghanistan’s most important religious site. You will spend part of the day visiting the ancient Silk Road city of Balkh, called Bactria to the Greeks. Bactria was the birthplace of Zoroaster, the founder of Zoroastrianism as well as Rumi the legendary Persian poet. Legacy of its Islamic and Buddhist past can be found in the stupas at the entrance to the town, at the blue tiled shrine of Khoja Parsa and at the oldest mosque in Afghanistan, the 9th century No Gombad mosque.5

Overnight in Mazar

Day 3 Mazar e Sharif –Samangan – Fly Kabul afternoon  

A day trip to the Buddhist monastery remains at Samangan, two hrs drive south of Mazar e Sharif. The 1500-year-old complex contains a huge stupa carved out of the bedrock as well as a number of caves used as places of worship. En route you will also be able to visit Tashkurgan and the old king's hunting lodge.

Overnight in Kabul

Day 4 Kabul – Bamyan

You will fly between Kabul and Bamian, the capital of the Hazarajat - home of the Hazaras and one of the most peaceful places in Afghanistan. When we arrive in Bamian we will have time to look at the hillsides containing many caves in which monasteries and Buddhist carvings were once situated.

Days 5-6 Bamyan and around

You will spend 2 days in and around Bamyan, an area of striking natural beauty. The mountains and valleys are dotted with ruins from Afghanistan’s past as well as friendly Hazara villages. It is one of the few places in Afghanistan where we can walk freely and safely in a rural environment.

The Lapis Lazuli blue waters of Band-e-Amir are often the highlight of any trip to Afghanistan. Legend has it that the dams that separate the 5 lakes were made by Ali, the prophet Mohamed’s cousin and son in law. However geologists insist they are natural dams made from mineral deposits. The lakes contrast to the stark landscape surrounding them only adds to the beauty of this area.

We will also visit the natural landscape of Dragon Valley, see the ruins of Shah e Zohak (Red Fort) and the remains of Shah e Golghola (The City of Screams).

Day 7 Bamyan – Kabul-Panjsher

Morning flight from Bamyan to Kabul.

You will then visit the Panjshir Valley, described as the most beautiful place in Afghanistan by locals. We will stop to view the tomb of Ahmed Shah Massoud, the Lion of the Panjshir and Afghanistan’s most universally revered Mujahedin commander, as well as stopping off at a local fish restaurant on the banks of the Panjshir River.

Overnight in Kabul

of Ahmed Shah Massoud, the Lion of the Panjshir and Afghanistan’s most universally revered Mujahedin commander, as well as stopping off at a local fish restaurant on the banks of the Panjshir River.

Overnight in Kabul

Day 8 End

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