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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
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

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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Kabul, Kabol, Afghanistan
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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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Lower Mainland, BC
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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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San Francisco, California
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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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Helsinki, Western Finland, Finland
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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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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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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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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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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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