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Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley

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The Sentinel that stood on the old silk road for 15000 years

You enter the Bamyan valley after driving to the west from Kabul. From the shade of a small cafe run by a friendly Afghan, cast your eyes across the fields to the vast Standing... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 9, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

You enter the Bamyan valley after driving to the west from Kabul. From the shade of a small cafe run by a friendly Afghan, cast your eyes across the fields to the vast Standing Buddhas carved right into the sandstone cliff face.The largest of which stands a full 55metres tall. They stood here silent sentinel to the many caravans that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

I was attached to the military base here in Bamyan. I have to say it's one of the most beautiful landscapes I've ever laid eyes on! There's so much history here in this province. If you ever find it safe enough to visit Afghanistan outside of military, Bamyan would be the one place I'd say you must see. You won't... More 

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Nagaoka, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Anybody knows about beauty and uniqueness of Bamiyan and no need for my compliments. But I am here to update some news as the local airline and its flight which takes 30 mins from Kabul to Bamiyan. Ticket price is $ 100 for one way trip. Also there are new hotels which I think Highland Hotel is the best among... More 

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Afghanistan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

Bamyan is Mostly famous becuase of The Buddhas and Band-e-Amir National Park, Unfortunately and sadly Buddhas are destroyed by Taliban, but it still worth to visit, and most important thing in Bamiyan people are friendly, and environment is safe and secure.

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Mogadishu, Somalia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Bamiyan, the capital of the Bamiyan Province, is located in central Afghanistan also known as the region of Hazarajat, approximately 240 kilometres north-west of Kabul. It was the site of an early Hindu-Buddhist monastery from which Bamyan takes its name, roughly translated as ‘The Place of Shining Light.’ Many statues of Buddha are carved into the sides of cliffs facing... More 

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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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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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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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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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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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