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Istalif

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Istalif[1] is a village in northern Kabul province, Afghanistan. The village itself makes for a nice wander, with good views and plenty of shade under the trees. However the valley offers some excellent hiking, both in summer and winter.

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About an hours drive north of Kabul. There are two roads into the village from the main Kabul highway - the southernmost winds through the hills whilst the second is more direct and goes straight to the pottery shop street.

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The ruins of the hotel makes for an interesting wander - with superb views over the Shomali Plain.

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Hike up the river valley.

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Istalif is famed for its pottery - supply far outweighs demand so prices are more than reasonable - and who wouldn't want a glazed dish with 'Made in Afghanistan' stamped on the bottom?

Eat[edit][add listing]

Tea and kebabs under the trees.

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The oddly named HydroLight Lodge offers western comforts such as electricity and hot showers. The place was built with the expat in mind.

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