Kabul city is an ancient city with dramatic development in recent histories. The term Afghan began with the Durrani empire ruled by Pashtuns. Early 20 century saw Kabul’s modernization, and the city university produced many knowledgeable Afghans. this city was also on the Hippie trail. Soviet intervention in Kabul triggered the Soviet War, and Afghanistan was spared while the rest of Central Asia were absorbed into the Soviet. Events that happened after were dramatic, civil war, Taliban control, American & Nato. Pakistan has effects on Afghanistan, and many believed Pakistan is the smarter of the two, as it received aids from the U.S.A and still harbouring the Taliban to trigger terror in Afghanistan. Afghanistan today is much fragmented by tribal groups: Pashtun, Hazara, Tajik and Uzbek, and each has their leader.
Today it is a dusty capital, electricity is publicly available, but water was mostly welled and shared by a group of neighbours. Residential areas are sprawled widely and it is a labyrinth to navigate. . Sanitation are often inadequate, draining from the main pathway of the residential quarters. City centre is dusty, and there are visible protecting walls that runs high into the hills – these walls were erected since ancient times. Of special interest in Ka Faroushi, Kabul’s bird market and its surrounding bazar. Swimming complex in Kabul, it’s a men’s party of course.
KABUL CITY ROADS & STREETS
Shows the busy and dusty city centre. But the Pamir Cola is a respite for the heat.
This is typical residential area, very centralized. Household has electricity, but no water nor sewerage systems. waste water drains from the main pathway.
WALLS IN THIS CITY : October in CAPITAL OF AFGHANISTAN, and its still hot. Vibrant Wall ice-cream vendor at the centre of Kabul.
KABUL’S ANCIENT BIRD MARKET
In one of the oldest quarters of Kabul, an ancient bazaar that caters primarily to the sale of birds. While not seeeminly friendly, but they are hospital when approached.
In the adjoining bazar of Ka Farushi, blacksmiths traditional and traditional, toiletries, clothing. It was here that a plain-cloth police stop and questioned me, that needed permission to photograph. The guys at the modern blacksmith stall came to the rescue, dismissing the police’s demand.
GARDENS OF BABUR
Known locally as Bagh-e-Babur, the gardens were built to order by Babur in traditional Persian style. Mughal emperors like Jehangir and Shah Jehan paid pilgrimage, built walls and Mughal style ordaments. The gardens is a great respite from the dusty and honking city, a good way to appreciate Kabul as Babur sees it. Babur’s tomb resides at the top of the gardens.