Confirmation of a 12 people group from our Japanese Tour Operator for Afghanistan Tour encouraged us to travel again to Afghanistan to confirm what services are available and improvements are made since the tour by Yousaf and Waseem when they had to stay at a tea house in Bamiyan. For this time it was decided...
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Yousaf and Waseem could travel to Bamiyan only, as the road to Band e Ameer was not yet cleared from mines. Afghanistan at that time was the country with most mines laid out during the Soviet occupation period. At Bamiyan, they spent the night at Mama hotel (Chai Khana) the only place to stay. On...
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Since I had decided to discontinue my job in Saudi Arabia so I returned to Pakistan in March 2002 soon after attending ITB, the largest Tourism mart in Berlin where I discussed the opportunity of running tours in Afghanistan with several European and American tour operators. Most of them showed interest in the idea as...
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Panjsher Valley Copyright: Saiyah         I was in Saudi Arabia on 9/11 where I had returned a week earlier after spending 2 months of holidays in Pakistan. Inbound tourism had just started in Saudi Arabia and there were lots of groups booked for the season from October onward, however, tourists do not visit Saudi Arabia...
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Lakes of Band-e-Ameer Copyright: Saiyah         Ever since I started flying to Europe in the early 90s, I always wanted to visit Afghanistan, particularly the Buddha’s of Bamiyan and Lakes of Band e Ameer. In the early 70s, when we lived in Peshawar, I had heard from my uncle stories of college student groups going...
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