The photo that you see here is one of two main valleys here in Laghman, the Alingar. The Alingar is fed by the snow melt of the Western Hindu Cush which meets the Alishang Valley near Methar Lam, forming a "Y" shape. This area has long been known as one of the most fertile in Afghanistan. The "square" shaped compounds that you see along the banks are called Qalats. They are Afghan homes that are surrounded by brick walls for protection.