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After 2 days in Kabul (which for security purposes I’ll post about after our last day there), we set out for Panjshir Valley, which has been regarded by locals as the most beautiful place in Afghanistan by locals.

 

 

We drove by numerous small villages bustling with life along the way that reminded me of my drives through Pakistan, except with a lot more military checkpoints.

 

 

We also saw tons of tank graveyards of former Soviet tanks that have been partially destroyed or left behind.

 

 

It appears as if nobody cares if you make these war relics your personal playground. Just make sure your tetanus is up to date.

 

 

After about 2 hours of driving, we arrived at a checkpoint where he handed in our passports for inspection before continuing on after 10 minutes of waiting.

 

 

Tons of memorials to Mujahideen commanders decorate this place.

 

 

After another 30-45 mintues of driving down the valley we finally stopped at the tomb of Ahmed Shah Massoud, the Lion of the Panjshir, the hero of Afghanistan, and probably the most universally revered Mujahideen commander.

 

 

You can find the outhouse with the best view of Afghanistan here:

 

 

For lunch, we enjoyed seafood at a local fish restaurant on the banks of the fast moving Panjshir River.

 

 

Afterwards we kept driving onwards into the evening (due to the security situation we can’t say where).

 

 

- At time of posting in Panjshir Valley, Afghanistan, it was 57.2 °F - Humidity: 58% | Wind Speed: 8km/hr | Cloud Cover: sunny and clear