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located in the eastern section of the country
Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan since 1776, is a fast growing city where tall modern buildings nuzzle against bustling bazaars, wide avenues are filled with colorful flowing turbans, gaily striped chapans (cloak) and a multitude of handsome faces.

The city is ringed with mountains gleaming emerald green in spring and glistening white in winter. In summer, they have an ever changing beauty turning from deep purple to brilliant pink under the rising and setting sun.

Two craggy ranges crowned with ancient bastions divide the city and the Kabul River flows through a narrow pass between them to meander through the heart of the city.

Travelers have written glowingly of Kabul for centuries and modern visitors continue to be captivated by its charm.

Proud of its heritage as a major trading city between the East and West, today it is still the central market place for all Afghanistan. Although change with tall modern buildings and busy traffic has come rapidly to Kabul, the bazaars and other landmarks of the old city are still the center of life.

Baghi Balah, (Upper Garden), which is located inside Kabul on top of the hill and behind the Intercontinental Hotel, is the place where people go for sightseeing and swimming. From this hill, Kabul city is clearly visible. Qargha is another nice place for a sightseeing a 35 minute drive from the center of the city. Qargha offers canoeing, biking and hiking facilities. There are many hostels and chai khanas (tea houses) around for families and people to go in a group.

Places to visit in Kabul include: TV Tower Hill; Darulaman Palace; Kabul Museum; King Nadir Shah’s Tomb; Money Market; Chicken Street; Kabul Zoo; Shamali; Istalif, a 50 minute drive out of Kabul; and Paghman, a valley 25 km west of Kabul.
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