One of the most fascinating places I have visited. Security is definitely a concern but safer than you might assume. It is very important to plan your visit carefully. I highly recommend working with Afghan Logistics to ensure a safe trip. The city exudes culture / atmosphere and has a number of interesting monuments / tourist sights. It is gritty but I found it beautiful. When visiting the city, ask for guidance on where and when you can take photographs. Locals are easily upset by photo taking. Pictures of police, soldiers, convoys, etc. are prohibited. Note: if you are driving, confirm with locals regarding procedures for driving near military convoys.
Kabul is a city of contradictions and unfulfilled promises. It would be a beautiful city if it weren’t so ugly. Rugged, snow-covered mountains dimly visible through thick layers of smoke, dust and diesel fumes surround the city. Palace ruins partially rim the city, ruins barely accessible on muddy roads curving along mountainsides littered with unexploded land mines. Kabul is a former oasis, blessed with abundant subterranean water no longer potable because of nonexistent sewage disposal facilities. The city is bisected by a river that once entertained and distinguished it but has been reduced to a scavengers’ cesspool. Its university shuts down for three winter months because it lacks power for heating. It is a place of entrepreneurs, filled with mostly bored security guards casually holding Kalashnikovs as their compatriots seek employment among a cornucopia of aid givers.