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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
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Helsinki, Western Finland, Finland
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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
57 reviews 57 reviews
19 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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217 reviews 217 reviews
85 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 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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Corinth, Texas
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2012

When I flew into Bamyan I couldn't believe how green and beautiful the valley was. It was so relaxing and comforting knowing that there was no security threat in the area. Living in Afghanistan can be stressful, dealing with constant threats and attacks. Not to mention the constant chaotic Afghan government rules, regulations and thee insurmountable corruption throughout Afghanistan. Anyway,... More

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Tartu, Estonia
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52 reviews 52 reviews
19 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2011

Me and my husband visited Bamyan valley twice. We lived together in Afghanistan from 2006-2008 and we took our first holidays on May 2006. The experience was so good that we took our second inside Afghanistan holidays in Bamyan on June 2007. Trip to Bamyan takes one day by car, but we used small regular plane because we had so... More

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