The city of Kabul
Kabul, the capitol of Afghanistan, is an ancient city, lying at an altitude of almost 6,000 feet at the crossroads of trade between India and Central Asia, leading to the famous Silk Route travelled by Marco Polo in the 14th century.
It is the site of towns since antiquity, called Kubha in the Rigveda (about 1500 B.C.) and Kabura by Ptolemy (second century A.D.). The city was disputed between many invaders: in the fourth centruy B.C. it was part of the empire of Alexander the Great, became part of the Islamic world by the 9th century A.D. and suffered destruction from the hordes of Genghiz Khan in the 13th century. Babur Shah, founder of the Mughal empire of India, made Kabul his capital in the 16th century, and Timur Shah of the Durrani dynasty made it the capital of Afghanistan in the late 18th century.
In spite of British and Russian invasions in the 19th and
20th centuries the city has survived and is now a metropolis with almost
two million inhabitants. Sitting astride of the "Gateway to India",
Kabul became famous for its cuisine which combines the choicest delicacies
of Asian dishes creating a unique culinary experience.
Photo Gallery Trip to Kabul 2004
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