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Monday, February 6, 2012

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Would You Take a Vacation to Afghanistan?

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Afghanistan has many amazing sights. Yet with the forthcoming withdrawal of US troops and the Taliban poised to seize power again it seems unlikely it will become a tourist destination any time soon. Here are just a few of the places travelers will most likely have to do without visiting for the foreseeable future..

The Buddhas of Bamyan

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Lake Band-e-Amir

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Shar-e Gholghola

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Mazar-e Sharif
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Ancient Bost

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The capital of Helmund province, Lashkar Gah, holds a secret – the ancient and ruined city of Bost. No one knows who originally built Bost, although it is known to be at least three thousand years old. In 661 CE it was taken by Muslims and became the location of the royal mint of the Ghaznavid Empire. It was destroyed by, yes, him again, Ghengis Khan in 1220. Although in ruins it still holds a magnificent archway of over twenty five meters and a mausoleum. It is already accessible to visitors and the transport to and from Lashkar Gah is good.

The Khyber Pass
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