‘A remarkable development’: How Western tourism is on the rise in this controversial nation

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With centuries of history, ancient archaeological sites, Islamic art and untouched landscapes, Afghanistan is attracting tourists - despite the Taliban regime and the UK government's "do not travel" warnings. In the 1960s and 1970s, the country formed part of the overland "hippy trail" route across Asia and welcomed hundreds of thousands of Western tourists. But as its complicated modern history unfolded, the steady stream of travellers stopped. The UK Foreign Office currently advises against all travel to Afghanistan, highlighting its "volatile" security situation and an "ongoing and high threat of terrorist attacks". But some adventurous tourists aren't letting this stop...