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Afghanistan Travel, Afghanistan travel guide, Friday Mosque, Friday Mosque Herat, Herat, Great Mosque of Herat, Afghanistan
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Herat Travel Guide + Photos

Herat Travel Guide + Photos Updated July 2024, Herat Travel Guide + Photos was originally written in July 2019 Herat is easily a highlight of any visit to Afghanistan boasting an impressive number of important and historical sites around the city. From dazzlingly tiled mosques to an ancient (though rebuilt) citadel, bazaars teeming with life, delicious […]

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Afghanistan Travel, Afghanistan travel guide, Old Balkh, Balkh, Balkh Province, Afghanistan, Northern Afghanistan
Afghanistan, Asia, Central Asia, Travel Guide

Getting High On Balkh: Old Walls, Blue Tiles & Hash

Teetering on Crumbling Walls + Hash with a Baba in Ancient Bactria Updated July 2024, Getting High on Old Balkh: Old Walls, Blue Tiles & Hash was originally written in January 2019 Welcome to Old Balkh. First Stop: Haji Piyada It’s almost unbearably hot, even in September as the dust settles. Today we left Mazar e

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Istalif Ceramics, Istalif Bazaar, Istalif pottery, Afghan pottery, Istalif, Shomali Plain, Afghanistan
Afghanistan, Asia, Central Asia

Ishkar & Ceramics in Istalif, Afghanistan 

Ishkar & Ceramics in Istalif, Afghanistan  Updated July 2024, Ishkar & Ceramics in Istalif, Afghanistan was originally published in December 2021 Clung to the Koh Daman Mountains, perched on the Shomali Plains, near the former Bagram Airbase, and less than an hour drive north of Kabul, Istalif had long been on my to-do list on

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Dimlama, central asia food
Asia, Central Asia, Central Asia Region, Food

31 Local Central Asia Foods & Drinks to Try on Your First Trip

31 Local Central Asia Foods & Drinks to Try on Your First Trip Updated July 2024, 31 Local Central Asia Foods & Drinks to Try on Your First Trip originally appeared on Valerie & Valise back in 2019 As you already know, Central Asia is a pretty surprising region. After my trip in August 2019

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Shahr e Zohak, Red City, Bamyan, Afghanistan
Afghanistan, Asia, Central Asia, Travel Guide

Shahr e Zohak: Afghanistan’s Red City

Shahr e Zohak: Afghanistan’s Red City Updated July 2024, Shahr e Zohak, Afghanistan’s Red City was originally written in February 2019 Guarding the gates of Bamyan Valley where the Bamyan and Kalu Rivers converge sits Shahr e Zohak in its striking crimson grandeur. Estimates put the red city’s origins into the 6th century, built by the

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Bamyan, Bamyan Valley, Afghanistan, Shahr e Gholghola, Budda Niches, Bamyan Buddhas
Afghanistan, Asia, Central Asia, Travel Guide

Bamyan Travel Guide

Bamyan Travel Guide Updated July 2024, The Bamyan Travel Guide was originally written in February 2019 We weren’t supposed to get here (safely, anyway) according to my research prior to our arrival in Kabul. Thanks to a terroristic act on the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul carried out by the Taliban, 9 of the 22 victims were pilot or

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Sary Chelek, Sary Chelek Kyrgyzstan, Kyrgyzstan, Kyrgyzstan Travel Guide, sary chelek bioreserve
Asia, Budget Travel, Camping, Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan, Travel Guide

How To Visit Sary Chelek, Kyrgyzstan

How to get to Sary Chelek, Kyrgyzstan Updated June 2024, How to get to Sary Chelek, Kyrgyzstan was originally written in October 2017 The Sary Chelek Nature preserve is a true highlight for those exploring these southwestern reaches of Kyrgyzstan. Kyrgyzstan really is an up-and-coming destination. The only downside of destinations coming to prominence is that people

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Barkhan Airfield, Vozrozhdeniya Island, Uzbekistan-2
Asia, Central Asia, Uzbekistan

Secret Soviet Bioweapons Lab of Aralsk 7 on Vozrozhdeniya Island  

Visiting the Now Demolished Secret Soviet Bioweapons Lab of Aralsk 7 on Vozrozhdeniya Island   Updated June 2024, Visiting the Now Demolished Secret Soviet Bioweapons Lab of Aralsk 7 on Vozrozhdeniya Island was originally published in December 2021 Gauging by the title, you can imagine our confusion as we trundled past a wood-and-wire gate to the

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Panj River, Shirkhan Bandar Panji Poyan border crossing, Afghanistan Tajikistan border crossing, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Shirkhan bandar, Panji Poyan
Afghanistan, Asia, Border Crossings, Central Asia, Tajikistan

How to Cross the Shirkhan Bandar Border Crossing Between Tajikistan & Afghanistan and get an Afghan Visa on the Border

How to Cross the Shirkhan Bandar Border Crossing Between Tajikistan & Afghanistan and get an Afghan Visa on the Border Updated June 2024, How to Cross the Shirkhan Bandar Border Crossing Between Tajikistan & Afghanistan and Get an Afghan Visa on the Border was originally published in July 2023 This is not how I thought

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Aq Saroy, Shahrisabz, Uzbekistan
Asia, Central Asia, Uncategorized, Uzbekistan

Shahrisabz Travel Guide + Best Things to do

Shahrisabz Travel Guide + Best Things to do Updated June 2024, Shahrisabz Travel Guide + Best Things to do was originally published in April 2023. The birthplace of Uzbekistan’s famed conqueror Amir Timur, Shahrisabz is a city packed full of history, though sadly, mostly rebuilt in 2014 in a Disneylandish manner.  Despite this, Shahrisabz does

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