9 days in Afghanistan Itinerary

9 days in Afghanistan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Afghanistan trip planner
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Kabul
— 2 nights
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Bamyan
— 3 nights
Drive to Kabul, Fly to Balkh
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Balkh
— 1 night
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Herat
— 2 nights
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Kabul — 2 nights

A trip to Kabul reveals an intense portrait of Afghanistan's past, present, and future.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bagh-e Babur and Shah-e Doh Shamshira Mosque. There's lots more to do: stroll the grounds of Christian Cemetery, explore the activities along Qargha Reservoir, make a trip to Babur Tomb, and browse the exhibits of National Museum of Afghanistan.

For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kabul holiday builder tool.

Madurai, India to Kabul is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time (IST) to Afghanistan Time (AFT) is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Bamyan.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
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Bamyan — 3 nights

For centuries a major Buddhist pilgrimage site, Bamyan now represents one of the most stable places in war-torn Afghanistan.
Spend the 17th (Tue) exploring nature at Band-e-Amir National Park. There's more to do: delve into the distant past at Shahr-e-Zahak (Red City) and contemplate the long history of Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Bamyan travel route planner.

Getting from Kabul to Bamyan by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Wed) before leaving for Balkh.
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Balkh — 1 night

Balkh is a town in the Balkh Province of Afghanistan, about 20 kilometers northwest of the provincial capital, Mazar-e Sharif, and some 74km south of the Amu Darya river. On the 19th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Green Mosque and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Blue Mosque.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Balkh trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Bamyan to Balkh takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, daily temperatures in Balkh can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to fly to Herat.
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Herat — 2 nights

Sitting in a fertile river valley, the city of Herat has a diverse history spanning over 3,000 years.
On the 20th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Friday Mosque, stroll the grounds of Gawhar Shad Madrasa and Mausoleum, and then don't miss a visit to Herat Citadel.

To find ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Herat road trip website.

Getting from Balkh to Herat by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Balkh in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Herat, with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel back home.
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Afghanistan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · National Parks
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.
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