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Herat

Trip Planner Asia  /  Afghanistan  /  Herat Province  /  Herat
(4/5 based on 35+ reviews for 4 attractions)
Things to do: sightseeing, religious sites, historic sites
Sitting in a fertile river valley, the city of Herat has a diverse history spanning over 3,000 years. Emerging as one of the region's most important cities in the Middle Ages, the city has been fought over by numerous rulers since the early 18th century CE. Most sightseeing in Herat focuses on the mosques, forts, and shrines, built and rebuilt at various points over the centuries. The fertile nature of the valley has made the city a prime place to try Afghan cuisine, including kichiri goshti (a sticky rice dish) and chainaki (a lamb stew). When using our Afghanistan vacation builder, you're building your holiday based on your own interests, visitor reviews, and the informed opinions of our well-traveled writers.
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You'll find a scattered few accommodations in Herat, with most of them located to the west of Taraqi Park. The main hotels popular with international tourists sit close to the arterial commercial road, which also contains many of the places to eat in the city. The more upmarket hotels offer Western-style bathrooms, onsite restaurants, and Wi-Fi. Simpler options sit on the side streets of the district, with basic rooms (sometimes shared) and shared restrooms.
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