Minaret of Jam
Minaret of Jam, Afghanistan. Yes, it really is leaning! Photo taken in August 2009. This is a quote from the Lonely Planet Afghanistan Travel Guide, 1st Edition, published 2007, and is what really got me interested in going to Afghanistan...
Crossing the centre of the country along the spine of the Hindu Kush is one of the most remote and adventurous journeys it's possible to do in Afghanistan, but one that rewards travellers with a continuous parade of stunning mountain scenery. Travelling from Bamiyan, the route travels through the Hazarajat over a series of high mountain passes to the heart of the medieval Ghorid empire. This is a land of tiny villages, marginal agriculture, and nomad caravans with their camels and yurts. At its centre lies the fabled Minaret of Jam, hidden from foreign eyes for centuries, and even now is accessible to only the hardiest travellers.