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General Information  

"Afghanistan has been my yardstick for judging every country I go to—for beauty of
landscape, of people, of hospitality."
 

(Elizabeth Chatwin, introduction author of Afghanistan: A Traveler's Companion and Guide) 

Whether for business or pleasure, Afghanistan offers countless adventures to the curious traveller. From bicycle trips and boat rides, to museums and shopping, to overland trips through breathtaking mountain terrain, an Afghanistan experience promises to delight and inspire. 

For a taste of Afghanistan, consider the Gardens of Babur and accompanying museum. For one of the oldest and most stunning sights, one could visit the ancient walls of the citadel Balai Hissar. The Valley of Paghman, an hour by road west of Kabul and, to the north, the gardens of Karez-i-Amir or a bit farther to Charikar are all well worth the visit. For those who make the journey, the mountains, valleys, and lakes provide dramatic scenery. Consisting of two huge mountain ranges, the Hindu Kush is a wild and remote region. Although travelling by car is possible, the Hindu Kush is best left for travellers prepared to rough it. 

Ghazni, one of the central provinces, hosts many tombs of noted poets and scientists, such as Al-Biruni. The Bamiyan valley is lined with cave dwellings cut out of the cliffs by Buddhist monks. While the statues were destroyed by the Taliban, their enormous outlines remain one of the most visited sights in Central Asia. The area also has grottoes decorated with wall paintings in Greco-Buddhist styles. The Red City (Shahr-i-Zahak), about 18 kilometres from Bamiyan, is home to the remains of another ancient citadel. The Minaret of Jam, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is located in Ghowr province. Ghowr was also the centre of the Ghurid dynasty in the 12th and 13th centuries. The remains of their capital Firuzkuh promises an unforgettable journey.  

Afghanistan is an exciting place to be. Its eye-opening experiences and breathtaking sights can change a visitor's life. Regardless of how or with whom you come, travelling to Afghanistan is guaranteed to lead to a new adventure every step of the way. 

RECOMMENDED READING:

  1. Afghanistan: A Traveller's Companion and Guide by Matthew Leeming and Bijon Omrani, June 2005. Available online at http://www.odysseypublications.com/publicationsPublication.php?publicationID=35%20
  2. An Historical Guide to Afghanistan, by Nancy Hatch Dupree, 1977. Internet version available at http://www.zharov.com/dupree/prefaces.html.

PLACES TO VISIT
Afghanistan's location at the crossroads of great civilizations in history has created a stunning diversity in food, arts, languages, and traditions. This diversity is demonstrated in each city of Afghanistan.

KABUL
In Afghan folklore it is said that "everything comes to Kabul," nothing could be truer of Afghanistan's bustling capital city. Proud of its heritage as a major trading city between the East and West, today it is still the central marketplace 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 centre 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 which is a 35 minute drive from centre 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. 

Some of the major tourist spots in Kabul include: 

″ TV Tower Hill
″ Darulaman Palace
″ Kabul Museum
″ King Nadir Shah's Tomb
″ Money Market
″ Chicken Street
″ Kabul Zoo
″ Shamali Plain
″ Istalif, 50 minutes drive north of Kabul
″ Paghman, is a valley 25km west of Kabul.

COUNTRY LIFE, A MAJOR CHARACTERISTIC OF AFGHANISTAN
Since 80% of Afghanistan's economy is agrarian, rural life is still the centre of the country's socio-economic activities. Even as Afghan agriculture has been improved with modern technology, one gets the feeling that the land and the people who work it are still in perfect harmony.

MAZAR SHARIF
Every year thousands of pilgrims come to Marzar Sharif to pay homage to the Shrine of Ali, the Fourth Caliph of Islam. Festivities are held on Now Ruz, the Afghan New Year, observed on March 21st – the beginning of spring. Mazare Sharif is also a major market place for karakul and traditional Afghan carpets.BALKH
Referred to by the ancients as the "Mother of Cities," today it is a small town near Mazare Sharif that is overshadowed by memories of past glory. Here, Zoroaster first preached, and it was at or near Balkh that Alexand made this headquarters for two years. The city was also the capital of the Bactrian Empire. Later the Timurid dynasty built a college and an impressive shrine at Balkh. Nearby stand the remains of one of the oldest mosques of the Islamic world, the Masjide Haji Piyada.

HEART
Few cities have as diverse a past as Herat. Within Heart's city walls Alexander built a mighty fortress; today a citadel, although altered many times, still stands on the same spot. In the centuries that followed, Herat was the pivot around which cultural influence from Iran, Central Asia, and Afghanistan converged. Genghis Khan and Tamer Lane each wreaked havoc upon the city, but Herat persevered to live a period of unequalled splendour during the reign of the Timurid Kings. 
Today, Herat's minarets, mosques, shrines, and monuments testify to the glory of that period, when art, literature, and refinement attained high degrees of perfection.

BAMIYAN
Seven hours by car and one hour by plane from Kabul, this beautiful valley is undoubtedly one of Afghanistan's foremost attractions. There are also extensive ruins of ancient towns and fortresses – one being the Red City – which flourished until the onslaught of Genghis Khan in the thirteenth century. 
KANDAHAR
The birthplace of modern Afghanistan, Kandahar is thriving commercial and industrial centre. Excepting its modern share Nau (New City), Kandahar still remains substantially unchanged from the city that Ahmad Shah Durrani, the founder of the state of Afghanistan, built two hundred years ago. It is famous for its fruits and intricate embroidery work. 

 GHAZNI
Although today it appears to be only a small town, Ghazni was once the capital of the powerful Ghaznavi Empire, which stretched from Persia to India. Two star-shaped minarets, a palace, a mausoleum, and a museum only suggest the glory of Ghazni's past.

NOURISTAN
The people of this remote region, once called Kafirs, or unbelievers, were converted to Islam only 70 years ago. Now called Nouristanis – "People of Light" – they are still unique in all Afghanistan. In legend, the people of Nouristan claim the Greek god Dionysus as their patron. 

BANDE AMIR
Without fail, visitors to Afghanistan have marvelled at the country's natural beauty. The formidable Hindu Kush, the vast expanse of the Turkistan plains, and the seclusion of the Southern desert have impressed travellers from Alexander the Great to Marco Polo. In fact, it is the raw, unspoiled natural beauty that forms the visitor's first and most enduring impression of the country. But of all the natural wonders of Afghanistan, the lakes of Bande Amir are perhaps the most outstanding. Situated in the mountainous Hazarajat at an altitude of almost 3000m., and 75 km from Bamiyan, these majestic blue lakes are of legendary beauty.  

VISAS AND CUSTOMS

VISAS
All visitors to Afghanistan must posses a valid passport and an Afghan visa. The basic tourist visa entitles a traveller to 30 days stay in Afghanistan. It is recommended that this one-month visa be obtained prior to travelling to Afghanistan. Visas may be obtained at any Afghan Consulate or Embassy around the world.

Consular Office in Australia

Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
Phone: +61 (2) 6282 7311 (Monday to Friday, 10am to 1pm)
Fax:     +61 (2) 6282 7322
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Or click here to obtain more information about Afghan Visa.

CUSTOMS
There is no customs duty on personal effects. However, check with the Ministry of Finance for prohibited and controlled exports and imports.

Ministry of Finance
http://www.mof.gov.af
Pashtoonistan –Watt
Kabul, Afghanistan
Phone: +93 (75) 200 4199
Fax:     +93 (20) 2103 439
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ACCOMMODATION
Lodging in Afghanistan falls into two categories: Hotels and Guest Houses.

Hotels are as you experience them here; each room has its own full bathroom, and amenities generally include room service, a swimming pool or exercise facilities, and laundry services. Most hotels have wireless internet access.

Guest houses are generally less expensive than hotels because fewer amenities are offered; guests usually share bathrooms.
The latest addition to Afghan lodging is the five-star Kabul Serena Hotel, which has four restaurants, a gift shop, fitness center, internet café, and meeting facilities.

HOTELS
HEETAL PLAZA HOTEL
Address:  End of Street 14,
Wazir Akber Khan, behind mosque Kabul
Phone:  +93 (0) 7915-9697
Website:  http://www.heetal.com

INTERCONTINENTAL KABUL
Address:  Baghe Bala Road, Kabul
Phone:  +93 (20) 2201-321
Website:  www.intercontinentalkabul.com

KABUL INN
Address:  Qala-e-Fatullah Khan Bazaar
Near Zarghona High School
Kabul, Afghanistan
Mobile:  +93 (79) 569-355
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KABUL SERENA HOTEL
Address:  Froshgah Street
Kabul, Afghanistan
Phone:  +93 (79) 9654 000
Fax:   +93 (79) 9654 111
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Website:  www.serenahotels.com/afghanistan/kabul/home.htm

MUSTAFA HOTEL
Phone:  + 93 (0) 70276021
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Website:  www.mustafahotel.com

SAFI LANDMARK HOTEL SUITES
Address: Shahre Nao, Kabul
Phone:  (020) 2203131
Mobile: +93 (0) 799 600741
Fax:  +93 (20) 2203121
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Website:  http://www.landmarkhotelsdubai.com/landmark/newprojects.asp

SPINZAR HOTEL
Address :  Next to the Ministry of Information and Culture,
Asma-yee Wat, Kabul
Phone: +93 (0) 70 27 4983

GUEST HOUSES
Ajmal Wali Guest House
Address:  Wazir Akbar Khan, Street 10, No 140
Mobile:     +93 (0) 70-277-657

ASSA 1
Address:  Off Flower Street
Mobile:    +93 (0) 70- 274-364

ASSA 2
Address:  Wazir Akbar Khan, House 9, Muslim Street.
Mobile:    +93 (70) 276-579

BS PLACE
Address:  Qali Fatullah
Phone:    +93 (0) 70-276-416

CHEZ ANA, MEDIA ACTION INTERNATIONAL GUESTHOUSE
Address:  Passport Lane, Kabul
Tel: +93 (0) 70-282-699

DEUTSCHER HOF KABUL, GERMAN RESTAURANT & GUESTHOUSE, LOUNGE & TRANSPORTATION SERVICE
Address: Kal ahi Fatulah Str. 3; House 60
Mobile:  +93 (0) 79 322582
Website:  www.deutscher-hof-kabul.de

EVEREST
Address:  Wazir Akbar Khan, Street 10, No 192
Mobile:  +93 (0) 70-281-277

FAISAL
Address:  Wazir Akbar Khan, Street 15, No 27
Mobile:  +93 (0) 70-274-696

FAISAL BILAL/GERMAN
Address:  Wazir Akbar Khan, Street 15, No 73
Mobile 1:  +93 (0) 70-274-808
Mobile2:  +93 (0) 70-281-413

GANDAMAK LODGE
Address:  No 5 Passport Lane
Mobile: +93 (0) 70-276-937
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GLOBAL
Address:  Flower Street
Mobile:  +93 (0) 70-281-907
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HASEEB
Address:  Wazir Akbar Khan, Street 13, No 556
Mobile:  +93 (0) 70-274-986

HELSINKI
Address:  On way to the airport
Phone:  +93 (0) 70-284-305
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HENDOKUSH
Address:  Wazir Akbar Khan, Street 10 Z, No 9
Mobile:  +93 (0) 70-279-558

HOUSE 150
Address:  Wazir Akbar Khan, Street 10
Mobile:  +93 (0) 70-278-734

KARWANSARA GUESTHOUSE & RESTAURANT
Address:  117 Interior Ministry Street, Kabul
Mobile:  +93 (0) 70-291-794

LE MONDE (LOCATION 1)
Address:  7 Herati Mosque St, Shar-e-Naw, Kabul
Mobile:  +93 (0) 70-280-751
Website: http://www.lemondeghkabul.blogspot.com
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LOCATION 2
Address:  Behind Tafahusat, Mazar
Mobile:  +93 (0) 70-049-970
Website: http://www.lemondeghmazar.blogspot.com
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MARVELLOUS
Address:  Wazir Akbar Khan, Street 10, No 214, Kabul
Mobile:  +93 (0) 70-275-519

NAWEEN
Address:  Kolola Pushta, Kabul
Mobile 1:  +93 (0) 70-224-411
Mobile 2:  +93 (0) 70-291-588

PARK RESIDENCE
Address:  Shahre Naw, Kabul
Mobile:  +93 (0) 70-275-728

RABIA BALKHI HOUSE
Mobile 1:  +97 (0) 70-268-840
Mobile 2:  +97 (0) 79-030-631
Mobile 3:  +97 (0) 79-309-309
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ROSE VALLEY
Address:  Wazir Akbar Khan, Street 14, No 3
Mobile 1:  +93 (0) 70-289-019
Mobile 2:  +93 (0) 70-274-590

SARWE FOSHANG GUEST HOUSE
Address:  Kabul Shahr-e-now
West side of the Park
Phone:  +93 (20) 2201629

SHAMAL
Address:  Wazir Akbar Khan, Street 13, No 452
Mobile:  +93 (0) 70-278-601

SILK ROUTE
Address:  Wazir Akbar Khan, Street 10, No 138
Mobile:  +93 (0) 70-275-800

SULTAN
Address:  Wazir Akbar Khan, Street 10
Mobile:  +93 (0)70-277-374

TAJ MAHAL
Address:  Wazir Akbar Khan, Street 15, No 128
Mobile:  +93 (0) 70-275-830

TRANSPORTATION
ROADS
Most road building occurred in the 1960’s, funded by the U.S. and other international partners. In 1964, a road and tunnel was built through the Salang, connecting northern and southern Afghanistan. A highway connecting the principal cities of Heart, Kandahar, Ghazni, and Kabul with links to highways in neighbouring countries Pakistan and Iran formed the primary road system.
Since 2001, many sections of Afghanistan’s highway and regional road system are undergoing significant reconstruction. The U.S., with assistance from Japan, completed building a highway linking Kabul to the southern regional capital, Kandahar. Construction has begun on the next phase of highway reconstruction between Kandahar and the western city of Herat. The Asian Development Bank is nearing completion on a road reconstruction project between Kandahar and Spin Boldak, located at the South-eastern border with Pakistan. There is a newly built high way that connects Kabul via Jalalabad to Khyber Pass.

TAXI
There are more than forty thousand taxies in Kabul. Fares are negotiated with the driver before boarding.

BUSES
Many buses are available inside Kabul and its suburban areas.
 
AIR TRAVEL
Airlines based in Afghanistan:

ARIANA AFGHAN AIRLINES
Ariana is Afghanistan’s national airline. They run domestic and international routes, including flights to New Delhi, Islamabad, Dubai, Moscow, Istanbul, Tehran, and Frankfurt. For further information on airfare and flight schedules, visit:
Website:  http://www.flyariana.com


KAM AIR
Kam Air is Afghanistan’s first private airline. They operate between Kabul and Dubai. To book flight or check schedule, visit:
Website: http://www.flykamair.com/
Phone:  +93 (0) 79-001-100
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Airlines based outside Afghanistan that serve Afghan cities:

AIR ARABIA
Travel between 28 cities in the Middle East & South Asia. Direct flights from Sharja, UAE to Kabul.
Website:  http://www.airarabia.com

AZERBAIJANI AIRLINES
Azerbaijani Airlines flies from Baku and Azerbaijan to 15 regional cities in Europe, Asia, & the Middle East. Flights run very Monday & Wednesday from Baku to Kabul.

Phone 1:  +994 (12) 493-4004
Phone 2:  +994 (12) 493-7121
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Website:  http://www.azal.az

PACTEC INTERNATIONAL
This humanitarian organization flies individuals from Islamabad to Kabul once a week.
Tel:  +93 (70) 260-203
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PAKISTAN INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES (PIA)
To book flights or check schedule, visit http://www.piac.com.pk/
 
TRAVEL AGENCIES AND TOURISM
Afghanistan is steadily regaining its past reputation as a beautiful country with hospitable people. Up until the 1970’s, Afghanistan was a popular destination for its unique culture and diverse terrain. Recent travellers often remark that Afghanistan’s historical legacy and stark landscape is the initial reason they visit. However, they leave with a newfound respect for the enduring spirit of the people. Attractions in Afghanistan centre on its diverse history, culture and beautifully rugged terrain.
Eco-travel agencies are already operating in Afghanistan. Avid mountain climbers and skiers are delighted by Afghanistan’s imposing mountains of the Hindu Kush. Global Exchange (www.globalexchange.org), a non-profit organization, was one of the first organizations to provide a packaged tour in 2002 for those interested in surveying and developing a sense for understanding Afghanistan’s culture and environment. Global Exchange is currently promoting upcoming reality tours for 2006/2007. Tours provided by Distant Horizons (www.distant-horizons.com) also offers eager explorers a unique opportunity to journey to Afghanistan with a knowledgeable tour guide and detailed itinerary.
Travel Agency located in Kabul:

ANAAR TRAVELS
Address: Opposite. Indian Embassy,
Interior Ministry Road,
Shahre Nav, Kabul, Afghanistan
Phone 1:  + 93 (0) 79-308-303
Phone 2:  + 93 (0) 79-309-713
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Website:  www.anaartravels.com

Banks
Afghanistan’s Central Bank has licensed twelve commercial banks to date. Out of twelve, seven banks are full-fledged commercial banks and the remaining five are branches of foreign banks.

AFGHANISTAN INTERNATIONAL BANK
Contact:  Inayatullah Fazli, Information Officer
Address:  Wazir Akbar Khan, Kabul
Mobile:  +93 (70) 220-883
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ARIAN BANK
Contact:  Mahmood
Address:  Share Nau
Mobile:  +93 (79) 420-420

AZIZI BANK
Contact:  Deepak Shrivastava
Add:  Malik Asghar Square, next to Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kabul
Tel:  +93 (0) 799-129-999
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Website:  www.azizibank.com

BANK MELLI
Contact:  Najib
Add:  Close to Kabul Serena
Tel:  +93 (20) 210-1804

HABIB BANK
Address:  Wazir Akbar Khan
Mobile:  +93 (79) 572-754
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KABUL BANK
Address:  Share Nau
Phone:  +93 (70) 285-285

NATIONAL BANK OF PAKISTAN
Contact:  Muhammad Ali Paracha
Address:  Wazir Akbar Khan
Tel:  +93 (0) 79-021-710
Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website:  www.nbp.com.pk

PUNJAB NATIONAL BANK
Contact:  Susanta
Address: Wazir Akbar Khan
Phone: +93 (0) 70-232-847

STANDARD CHARTERED BANK
Contact:  John Alan Janes
Address:  Wazir Akbar Khan
Phone:  +93 (79) 320-874

WESTERN UNION
A.K. Rashidzada Corporation
Address:  Building 296, Street #13
Wazir Akbar Khan
Phone:  +93 (0) 79-325-777
Website: www.westernunion.com

ELECTRONIC TRANSFER SERVICES
Address:  92 Sarai Shahzada
Phone:  +93 (0) 79-325-777

ELECTRONIC TRANSFER SERVICES
Address:  Char Rahi Ansari North Western Corner
(Next to Dunya Travel Services)
Phone:  +93 (79) 325-777

* Western Union is available for cash transfers at three locations in Kabul:

SHOPPING
Handicrafts and Shopping

Afghanistan offers the visitor a rich selection of handicrafts. Luxurious Afghan carpets, karakul coats, fur overcoats, embroidered material, caps, and hand-woven silk fabrics and antiques are some of the items that tempt the traveller to lighten his or her wallet. Afghanistan’s fruits and nuts are second to none in flavour. Gemstones are also a major commodity. However, travellers are urged to be cautious when purchasing items of questionable origin. Exportation of antiques requires authorization from the appropriate authorities. Purchase of artefacts belonging to the Kabul museum or heritage of Afghanistan is punishable by law and artefacts will be confiscated.
While there are many places for visitors to shop in Afghanistan, Kocha-e-Murgha, or “Chicken Street,” is the most famous and historic. Boutiques carry postcards, maps, ashtrays and boxes made of the famous Afghan blue stone-Lapis Lazuli, antique musical instruments, and hand-made Afghan carpets. The carpets’ designs, colours and materials—sometimes wool, silk or a mix, are unique and quite remarkable.
Grocery stores in Afghanistan stock an assortment snacks from around the world: fruit juice from Uzbekistan, jam form Pakistan, bottled water from Italy, cheese from Austria, and cereal from the United States. Since Chicken Street is the main tourist market in the capital, you will likely be asked a higher price, especially if you are not with a local guide. Remember that bargaining is part of the experience!
Other places in Kabul to shop include the Kabul City Centre, Shahr-e-Naw Shopping Centres, Market-e-Jamhoryat, Afghan Super Store, Flower Street, and the new Kabul Mall. (Photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/charisse/199482006/).
Istalif is a district in Koh Daman valley which is 54 km from Kabul. This district is known for its blue pottery, ceramics, cotton prayer rugs, and intricately carved wooden chests. People not only in Afghanistan but also around the world are familiar with the unique and dazzling products of this district. The products sold in Istalif bazaar are also available in Chicken Street and Flower Street of Shari Naw in Kabul City.

RESTAURANTS & CHAI-KHANA IN KABUL
The most typical characteristic of Afghan society are the Chai Khanas, or tea houses, which abound everywhere in the country. Often beautifully decorated, the Chai Khanas are the central gathering place for every town and village in Afghanistan. In them, one can enjoy a nourishing Afghan meal, such as palaw, chalaw, kebab, a pot of green or black tea, and just sit and relax in the exotic atmosphere.
International and Afghan dishes are readily available in many of Kabul’s modern restaurants. Afghanistan is known for its variety of palaws (rice cooked with meat, chicken, or vegetables in various ways), which are found throughout the country. Afghan Kabob (charbroiled skewered meat), Bolani and Ashak (Afghan-style ravioli stuffed with leeks topped with yogurt and cooked ground beef) are a few of the many tasty dishes. Also refer to UN cleared restaurants.
The following restaurants and cuisines have been prepared in accordance to the following guidelines:
 
Name of Restaurant

 L’ATMOSPHERE Restaurant
French cuisine
French & English menu
Opening hours 10:00 -22:00
Str.4, Qala-e- fatullah 0799-300264
Phone: 070-224982
Phone orders

• DEHLI DARBAR Restaurant
Indian cuisine
English menu & English speaking staff
Opening hours 10.00 – 22.00
Moslim Str, near Assa Guest House
0799-324899
0799-833238
Phone orders

• POPOLANO Restaurant
French cuisine
English menu
Opening hours 09.00 – 22.00
Charahi Ansari Kabul 070-288116
Phone orders

 LAI THAI Restaurant
Thai cuisine
English menu
English speaking staff
Opening hours
11.00 –21.00
Str15 Wazir Ak Khan House No.124
070-297557
070-278640
No phone orders/home delivery

• B’S PLACE Restaurant(Guest.House)
Italian, Mexican cuisine
English menu
Opening hours 11.00 – 23.00
Str.2, Qala-e- fatullah House No.3
070-276416
070-276711
Phone order

• ELBOWROOM Restaurant/Bar
Continental/Europe cuisine
English menu
Opening hours 10.30 – 22.00
MOFA street 0799-352538
070-254432
No phone orders/home delivery

• VILA VELEBITA Restaurant/Bar
European cuisine
English menu
Opening hours 10.00 – 22.00
Str 10 Wazir Ak khan
0799-160368
No phone orders/home delivery

 ISTANBUL Restaurant
Turkish cuisine
English menu
Opening hours 08.00 – 21.00
Macroian2, Matba block 104
070-200116
0799-356282
Phone orders

• ESCALADES Restaurant
European cuisine
English menu
Opening hours 10.00 – 22.00
1st Qala-e-Fateullah
0799-473763
No phone hours/home delivery

• GOLDEN KEY
Sea food res
Chinese cuisine
English menu
Opening hours 10.00 – 21.00
Str.13, Wazir Akbar Khan Kabul
0799-002800
0799-016591
No phone orders/home delivery

• KULBA AFGHAN
Afghan, Italian cuisine
English menu
Opening hours 10:00 – 21.00
Shar-e-now, Esmat Moslim Str. 3rd floor
0799452151
070034979
No phone orders/home delivery

• SHAR-E-NOW BURGER
Fast Food cuisine
English menu
Opening hours 09.00 – 21.00
Shar-e-now, opoosite park
0799-300797
070-255788
Phone order

• EVEREST PIZZA
Fast Food cuisine
English menu
Opening hours 09.00 – 21.00
13 Str.Wazir Akbar Khan, Kabul
0799-317979
070-263636
Phone orders/ home delivery

• SAMARQAND Restaurant/Bar
International cuisine
English menu
Opening hours 10:00 - 22:00
Qala Musa, near Panalpina
0799-234646
0799-118460
No phone orders/home delivery

• CARLITOS
Restaurant/Bar
Mexican cuisine
English Menu
Opening hours 10:00 - 22:00
Str 15 Wazir Ak Khan
0799-159697
0799-167824
No phone orders/home delivery

• KABUL INN Guest H/Restaurant
International cuisine
English Menu
Opening hours10:00-22:00
Qala-Fateullah, near Zarghoona school
0799-359355
020-2201407
No phone orders/home delivery

• RED HOT SIZZLIN Restaurant
International cuisine
English Menu
Opening hours 11:00-21:00
Old macrorian, ARC Yuksel Camp

• 18 TAVERNE DU LIBAN
Middle Eastern cuisine
English Menu
Opening hours 11:00-22:00
Str 10 Wazir Akbar Khan
Yes

• FLOWER STREET CAFÉ, Restaurant
California cuisine
English Menu
Opening hours 8:00 -17:00
House No.57, Str#7
Qala-e-Fatullah
070293124
0799356319
Yes, Phone order delivery

• SHANDIZ Restaurant
International cuisine
English Menu
Opening hours 10:00 – 21:00
Wazir Akbar Khan
0799-342928
070-284026
Yes

• Deutscher Hof Kabul Restaurant& G.House
German cuisine
German/ English Menu
Opening hours 11:00 – 23:30
Kalai Fattulah, Street 3, House 60
0799-322582
No phone orders/home delivery

• BAKU Azerbaijani Restaurant
Azerbaijani cuisine
English Menu
Opening hours 11:00- 22:00
Street 15, Lane 5, House, 329 WAK
0799-083918
0799-827313
No phone orders/home delivery

 CAFÉ ZARNEGAR
International (Buffet and a la carte) cuisine
English menu and Speaking staff
Opening hours 06.30 -22.00
Kabul Serena Hotel, Froshgah Street
0799-654000 ext. 4553
Yes

• SILK ROUTE
South East Asian (set menu available)
English menu and Speaking staff
Opening hours 18.00 -22.00 Kabul Serena Hotel, Froshgah Street
0799-654000 ext. 4554
Yes

• SERENA PASTRY SHOP
Freshly baked pastries and bread
English menu and Speaking staff
Opening hours 07.00 -20.00
Kabul Serena Hotel, Froshgah Street
0799-654000 ext. 4560
Yes

• ANAR Restaurant
Indian- Chinse cuisine
English menu and speaking staff
Opening hours 11:00-22:00
Str14, Lane 3 WAK
0799-567291
No phone orders/home delivery

• TAVERNE DU LIBAN
International cuisine
English menu and speaking staff
Opening hours 11:00-22:00
Str14, Lane 3 WAK
070-210651
No phone orders/home delivery

• KOREAN Restaurant
Korean cuisine
English menu and speaking staff
Opening hours 11:00-21:00
Str.2, house No.120, Karte-She, Kabul
0799 199509
0799 007546
Yes

• SUFI Restaurant
International cuisine
English menu and speaking staff
Opening hours 11:00-22:00
Aryoob Cinema, 2nd part of Karte Parwan
No phone orders/home delivery

 Shamiana Restaurant
Multi Cuisine
English menu and speaking staff
Opening hours 7:00-23:00
Kabul City Center
020-2203131
No phone orders/home delivery

INTERNET SERVICES
Major hotels such as the Inter-Continental and Mustafa hotel, as well as numerous internet cafes around Kabul offer internet connection. There are many Internet Cafés around the city which cost US$ 1 per hour. Most guest houses and hotels also have internet services.

AWCC INTERNET CAFÉ


High-speed connection, located at the Intercontinental Hotel.
OPEN 07:00-22:00 DAILY
US$5 an hour, US$3 half-hour
Printer/Scanner US$1 per page

PACTEC
Internet café for approved NGOs
WAK, Street 13, Lane 1
US$4 an hour
Sat-Wed: 08:00-17:00. Thurs: 08:30-12:00

MOBILE PHONES
Mobile phones, inter-changeable SIM Cards and calling cards can be purchased all over Kabul. Afghan Wireless and Suraya vendors can be spotted throughout the city. Three major mobile companies who offer prepaid services are presently active, with a fourth on its way.
Afghan Wireless:  http://www.afghanwireless.com
Roshan:   http://www.roshan.af
Areeba:   http://www.areeba.com.af


Beauty Salons and Dry Cleaning


BEAUTY SALONS
The Oasis Salon – Kabul’s First Full Service Salon

• Cuts, Colour, Highlights, Foils, Perms, Styles
• Manicure, Pedicure, Facial, Massage, Waxing, Threading and Permanent
• Makeup
• All hairdressers are western trained
• Operating in accordance with western hygiene standards
• Visa & Master card accepted

Open Sat – Wed 12:30 – 9:00 pm, Thurs & Fri 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
For appointments contact Debbie:
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Mobile: + 93 (0)79 217 669

DRY CLEANING

Hakim’s Modern Dry Cleaning
Tai Many Watt
Str. No 9
Kabul, Afghanistan
Mobile: +93 (0) 79-33-49-46
Mobile: +93 (0) 79-35-66-77

 
Shipping Outlets
Federal Express has three offices in Afghanistan. All are open 9:00am-5:00pm. DHL also has three offices; hours vary and are listed below.

• FedEx International
Tel 1: 1 (800) Go-Fed-Ex
Tel 2: 1 (800) 463-3339
Web Site: www.fedex.com

1. Kabul Office
Karte 3, Khai Street House#326
North of Ministry of Commerce
Kabul, Afghanistan
Phone:  +93 (20) 250-0525
Fax:  +93 (20) 250-024
Mobile 1:  +93 (70) 286-028
Mobile 2:  +93 (70) 286-029
Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website: http://www.fedex.com

2. Herat Office
Bank-e-Khoon Road, Haji Ayoub Square
Kajj Street
Heart, Afghanistan
Phone:  +93 (40) 220-301
Fax:  +93 (20) 250-024
Mobile:  +93 (70) 29446

3. Kandahar Office
Noor Jahan Hotel
1st Floor
Shaheedan Square
Shahr-e-Naw Street
Kandahar, Afghanistan
Tel: +93 (70) 303-257
Fax: +93 (20) 250-0524
Mobile: +93 (70) 29446

• DHL International

Website DHL Australia: www.dhl.com.au

1. Kandahar Office
Kandahar Airbase
Kandahar, Afghanistan
Hours: Sat-Fri 11:00-19:00
Holidays: 12:00-19:00

2. Bagram Office
Bagram Airbase
Bagram, Afghanistan
Hours Sat-Fri 12:00-18:00:
Holidays: 12:00-1800

3. Kabul Office
Wazir Akbar Khan
Street 10
Kabul, Afghanistan
Hours: Sat-Thu 09:00-18:00
Holidays: Closed