Kunduz Airport is located 5mi or 8km south-southeast of the city of Kunduz in Kunduz Province, Afghanistan. Those looking for this airport will find it on the map using these coordinates: 36.665176 (latitude) and 68.91059 (longitude). It is built on an elevation of 1,426 feet above sea level with a runway measuring 5,903 feet by 67 feet. Although this is a military airport used by the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and humanitarian flight agencies, there are passenger airlines landing and departing from Kunduz Airport. This makes it easier to travel to and from the city and the surrounding areas.
What to see & do
Although war has ended between the Taliban and the United States, the situation in Kunduz and other parts of the country is still precarious. Danger can erupt anytime due to the dissatisfied rebels and radicals whose lives turned around for the worse during and after the war. This makes it essential for tourists to make sure of their safety while planning the arrangements. Coordination with their embassy is also necessary to find out the latest travel advisories.
Those seeing Kunduz for the first time will realise that the river plays an important role in their livelihoods. The water from the main body, tributaries, and natural canals provide much-needed irrigation for the agricultural lands. Hiking and guided tours can be taken into account, as this can familiarise tourists with the environment of Kunduz and how it is utilised for the economy of the province.
Travellers looking for other sights can turn to Kabul where beauty can be found in the damaged Kabul Museum. Although the museum has been ransacked, looted, and destroyed in some parts because of long-standing civil unrest, many collections still remain for tourists to marvel at. Buddhist relics such as Buddha's Begging Bowl and Graeco-Bactrian statues are included with huge wooden deities and ancestors dating back to the ancient times before Islam.
Another fascinating sight is the bird market in Kabul which is like a step back in time before the city was the scene of bombings and attacks between aggressive groups. This narrow lane behind the Pul-e Khishti Mosque has various birds in display from territorial kowks and the smaller budanas. Tame birds such as canaries and doves are also in display for those looking for benign pets.
How to get around within Kunduz
Details are unavailable about the public transport in Kunduz. Those going around the country, however, will have various options. Buses and minibuses are the most popular and the cheapest option, although comfort can be an issue. The length of travel and the size of fellow passengers will influence whether one can sit all right. Taxis can also be found, which can make it convenient to travel. It will be safer to travel in a shared taxi than take an ordinary cab, however. When going alone, one should take note of the registration plate and other relevant details to inform a trusted person about the itinerary.
Driving can also be an option to consider, but one has to be very careful. There might be landmines triggered, especially when going to a faraway place. To minimise this safety risk, it is advisable to look for a trustworthy agency that will assign a 4WD car with a driver to go around.
How to get there
Tourists going to Kunduz Airport will have to book a connecting flight via Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul. Airlines serving Kabul are Afghan Jet International, Air India, Ariana Afghan Airlines, East Horizon Airlines, Emirates, flydubai, Iran Aseman Airlines, Kam Air, Mahan Air, Pakistan International Airlines, Safi Airways, SpiceJet, and Turkish Airlines.
Once travellers arrive in Hamid Karzai Airport, they can board a plane from East Horizon Airlines or Kam Air to get to Kunduz.
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