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Herat in Photos & Travel Guide

Updated April 2020, Herat in Photos & Travel Guide was originally written in July 2019

After three trips that have brought me back to Herat, here are some of my favorite photos of Afghanistan’s far west city.

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Some of the design inside the Ghorid Portal that was uncovered at the Great Mosque of Herat
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Ghorid designs
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Ghorid Portal, Great Mosque of Herat
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These minarets are all that remain of the Musallah Complex. Gowhar Shad Begum, the wife of Shah Rukh began building the Complex in 1417, but the complex was badly damaged by the British in 1885 during the Panjdeh Incident in an attempt to prevent the Russian Army from using it as a base.

Start planning here: The Afghanistan Travel Guide

Herat Bazaar, Herat, Afghanistan
Men selling scarves at the Herat Bazaar
Herat Bazaar, Herat, Afghanistan
A man weaving textiles at the Herat Bazaar
Herat Bazaar, Herat, Afghanistan
A Herati man poses by a motorcycle inside the Herat Bazaar
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A man selling non bread at the Herat Bazaar
Herat Bazaar, Herat, Afghanistan
A silversmith repairing jewelry at Herat Bazaar
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Woman in chadri inside the Great Mosque of Herat
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A woman in chadri Mosque of the Cloak of the Prophet Mohammed
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One of the arches of Pul e Malaan Bridge on the outskirts of Herat
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An alley inside the Herat Citadel
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Wandering the halls and arches of the Herat Citadel
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A young woman inside the Great Mosque of Herat
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Visiting the Great Mosque of Herat on a Thursday, meant that workers at the mosque would be preparing it for it’s Friday prayers. These men are scrubbing the interior carpets to the prayer hall clean in the courtyard
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Boys breaking from their madrasa studies outside the Great Mosque of Herat
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One of the Great Mosque’s tile makers inside an alcove
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Mosque of the Cloak of the Prophet Mohammed
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Men sleeping outside the main entrance to the Great Mosque of Herat
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Inside the Guzargah Mausoleum, a tomb to the Sufi saint Khwaja Abdullah Ansar
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The tilemakers of Herat hard at work
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Girls at the gates to Guzargah Mausoleum
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Men at the courtyard outside Guzargah Mausoleum
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The keeper of the Herat Citadel
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Security at the Abdullah Ansar Guzargah Mausoleum
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Details on the ceiling of Gowar Shad Mausoleum
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The main entrance to the Great Mosque of Herat.
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Men chatting in a neighborhood of Herat
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Outside the Civil War Museum
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A woman resting at the Mosque of the Cloak of the Prophet Mohammed
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Working on tiles

Herat Travel Guide

Getting In & Out Of Herat

To get elsewhere in Afghanistan your safest option is by flight as the roads that connect Herat with Mazar e Sharif, Kabul, Kandahar, and Ghor/Bamyan are all controlled by the Taliban at certain points. Several times per day there are flights from Kabul to Herat and back on Kam Air (Ariana also offers the route, but they are far less reliable). From Kabul, you can connect to Mazar e Sharif, Kandahar and other cities in Afghanistan.

Crossing The Border To Iran

It is possible to enter/exit Afghanistan along the Iran-Afghanistan border at Islam Qala (Dogharoun on the Iranian side). I exited Afghanistan to Iran in April 2019 and it was a straight forward and simple border crossing procedure. Read more on the details about the Islam Qala-Dogharoun Border Crossing here.

Crossing The Border To Turkmenistan

There is a border crossing that connects the city of Herat to Mary and onto Ashgabat at the Toraghundi-Serkhetabet border crossing. I have never personally done this crossing, but I have heard of travelers successfully crossing here. The border seems to be sporadically closed to foreigners, so do plan ahead with the use of local contacts to determine if this border crossing is a potential possibility. You can check here for updates.

Where To Sleep In Herat

  • Budget: Mowafaq Hotel $20/night, double
  • Midrange: Kakh Hotel +93799828245
  • Midrange: Herat Bustan Hotel +93 72 879 0132
  • Splurge: Nazary Hotel Starting at $90/night, double

Things To Do In Herat

  • The Great Mosque of Herat
  • Herat Citadel, Natural History Museum, & Museum of Communications. 500 AFS fee to enter the Citadel and an additional 500 AFS fee for the National Museum
  • Herat Bazaar
  • Gowar Shad Mausoleum & Musallah Complex
  • Guzargah Mausoleum (Abdullah Ansar Mausoleum)
  • Pul e Malaan
  • Mosque of the Cloak of Prophet Mohammed
  • Jihad Museum. 300 AFS fee to enter

Safety

The city of Herat is relatively safe by Afghan standards, but it’s not recommended to venture very far outside the city.  I highly recommend using a local guide such as Let’s Be Friends Afghanistan to help you plan a safer visit to Afghanistan.

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