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Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley

Bamyan, Afghanistan
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Ranked #1 of 2 Attractions in Bamyan
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Lower Mainland, BC
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97 reviews 97 reviews
38 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

So sad that the Buddhas were destroyed with only their empty niches left. The entire site is full of caves, so still left with some remnants of the frescoes and carvings that used to be inside them. You can climb inside the 2 niches and take photos of the valley. Around the valley there are sites which you can hike... More

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San Francisco, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Well worth the effort. Get a guide to take you around and try and read about them before you go. One of the most stunning and moving sights in the world. Well worth a few days here as the valley is spectacular and there are castles to visit too.

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Helsinki, Western Finland, Finland
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

Bamyan is full of interesting archeological sites. Absolutely reccomend o anyone interested in history and beautuful scenery.

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London England
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

These archaeological remains were amazing. The exact areas where the Buddhas stood are being constantly maintained. We went with a young guide through a number of caves into the mountain itself (you need to be pretty fit as the stairs inside are steep & sometimes a bit slippery though there were railings in some areas). Beautiful old frescos still clearly... More

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Twin Cities
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

We visited in the fall of 2010. This is a must see if you are in the area.The view of the valley is absolutely amazing. The Bamiyan valley is a beautiful green and lush valley. We were there during the harvest season, and viewed farmers threshing and winnowing wheat. The statues are in complete ruin, but your can imagine their... More

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Thionville, France
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

The most breathtaking sight ever. Trip done in 2004, the surroundings were still covered in mines. All the way from Kabol to Bamiyan took us 10 hrs or so. But it was absolutely fabulous: Colors, rocks, mountains, light, streams, air, bad track ... I've travelled to nice place, but afghanistan, Bamiyan and Bend-e-Alir lakes are definitely the most ... everything... More

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Yogyakarta, Indonesia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

be honest, I am upset when saw Budha statue's was in damage condition. I hope that local government could manage rehabilitation of statue with supports from UNESCO near the future. The view is fantastics and mostly people like to stay here if security situation is condusive. Bamyan people is nice and welcome to foreigner not like other places in Afghanistan.

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Top Contributor
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21 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

definitely worth the effort and will make you see the history if you can visit with the guide who can explain the scars left on these sites by civil war and era before mongols as well!!!! and while you are in area do try visiting caves where people still live

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Annandale, Virginia
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5 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

While the famous buddahs have been destroyed by the Taliban, the niches remain, and the sense of loss one gets while looking at the empty niches is truly moving. You can also still climb up and around the niches; a climb that gives you an amazing view of the valley.

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UK
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93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2012

This was certainly a holiday with a difference. Bamyan and its hinterland is a fantastic mix of the old (a rich architectural tapestry in the heart of this Hindu Kush region) and the new (modern farming methods apparently influenced by New Zealand). I am told the time to visit is from about May to September otherwise the beautiful landscape takes... More

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