5 days in Afghanistan Itinerary

5 days in Afghanistan Itinerary

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Herat — 1 night

Sitting in a fertile river valley, the city of Herat has a diverse history spanning over 3,000 years.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): stroll the grounds of Gawhar Shad Madrasa and Mausoleum, make a trip to Herat Citadel, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Friday Mosque.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Herat road trip website.

Chennai, India to Herat is an approximately 13-hour flight. Traveling from Chennai to Herat, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chennai in December, things will get colder in Herat: highs are around 15°C and lows about 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Kabul.
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Kabul — 2 nights

A trip to Kabul reveals an intense portrait of Afghanistan's past, present, and future.
On the 16th (Thu), explore the different monuments and memorials at Christian Cemetery, admire the landmark architecture of Darul Aman Palace, and then explore the galleries of National Museum of Afghanistan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): stroll around Bagh-e Babur, make a trip to Babur Tomb, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Qargha Reservoir.

For more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kabul holiday planning app.

Getting from Herat to Kabul by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to fly to Mazar-i-Sharif.
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Mazar-i-Sharif — 1 night

Surrounded by scenic mountains, Mazar-i-Sharif stands as one of the largest cities in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Blue Mosque.

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Mazar-i-Sharif trip planner.

You can fly from Kabul to Mazar-i-Sharif in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 12°C in December, and nighttime lows around 2°C. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.
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Afghanistan travel guide

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Often the central story in the evening news for the worst of reasons, Afghanistan remains a troubled country ravaged by internal conflict and shaken to its core by political instability. Although few travelers take a trip to Afghanistan for pleasure, this landlocked nation boasts breathtaking extremes of landscape and a rich history spanning over 2,000 years. Powerful empires came and went over the ages, leaving an indelible mark on Afghanistan's culture, arts, and religion. The last few decades have brought mostly chaos, from the invasion of the Soviets in 1979, to the 2001 offensive led jointly by NATO and American forces. Today, Afghanistan remains a battered though undeniably picturesque country slowly figuring out how to reinvent itself as a young democracy.