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Afghanistan is one of the finest tourist destinations and known for its dramatic mountain scenery and the unparalleled hospitality of its people. The country is covered with valleys and the beautiful mountain ranges dominate the landscape of Afghanistan. Home to plentiful countryside and the rugged Hindu Kush mountain range, travellers came for the clear mountain air and to see attractions like the giant Buddha statues of Bamiyan. It contains some incredible treasures of the world. Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan comprises of Mazar-e Sharif and Northeastern Afghanistan is the home of most sacred site, Samangan. It is famous for caves and shrines of Takht-e Rostam, a hidden Buddhist gem.
Attractions That Still Lures The Tourists
Minaret of Jam, and the Archaeological remains of the Bamiyan Valley were both included in the World Heritage list by UNESCO. The Minaret of Jam, is a 65-meters high structure made in the twelfth century. The Bamiyan Valley on the other hand contains numerous Buddhist monasteries and shrines. The Bamiyan Valley is also testimony to the tragic destruction by the Taliban of the two giant standing Buddha statues, which shook the world in March 2001.
Fast Facts
National Name Jomhuri-ye Eslami-ye Afghanestan
Official Name Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
Capital City Kabul
Population 31,056,997 (July 2006 est.)
Geographic Coordinates 33 00 N, 65 00 E
Density 119/ sq km
Major cities Kandahar, Mazar-i-Sharif, Balkh, Herat
Languages Pashto, Persian or Dari (official) Balochi, Pashai, Uzbek, Turkmen(commonly spoken)
Currency Afghani
Time Zone UTC+4.5
National Holidays Independence Day, 19 August (1919)
Country Calling Code +93
Internet Country Code .af
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