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Silkroad travels by bicycle:

Afghanistan is not a tourist destination nowadays. But the traveller that has his trip well prepared in advance and is willing to melt into the local environment and speak some Dari will be richly rewarded with interesting encounters and great sights. The shrine of Hazrat Ali shown here gave rise of the town's name, Mazar-e Sharif - "Tomb of the Exalted". It is believed that the cousin of Prophet Mohammed is buried here. Genghis Khan destroyed the original shrine, the present Majid was built under a Timurid ruler in Herat and dates from the 15th c. Many of the tiles have been replaced since. Infidels cannot access the shrine. They let me in nevertheless. If you locate the mosque in "Map: View" you will also discover the rich city traffic !

Info: Wikipedia; B. Omrani et al. 2009, Afghanistan : A Companion and Guide. Odyssey Books, Hong Kong

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