Band-e-Amir National Park, Bamyan

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Take a dip in one of the six deep blue lakes underneath spectacular limestone cliffs at Band-e-Amir National Park, a complex of lakes separated by a travertine, a natural dam made of mineral limestone deposits. Standing at about 3,000 m (9,842 ft) in the Hindu Kush mountain range close to the ancient city of Bamyan, the park stands out as the most popular tourist spot in Afghanistan. Pedal the duck boats across lapis-blue lakes and enjoy the fabulous scenery and wildlife around you. Hire a car or drive for some two hours from Bamyan to enjoy a picnic, or buy some fresh fish on the lakeshore and fire up the barbecue. Make Band-e-Amir National Park part of your personalized Bamyan itinerary using our Bamyan travel itinerary maker.
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  • August 8, 2017
    Oh wow, that is awesome, if u wanna feel great, relax,... you should go once and visit the nature and sites. The whether, water, rivers, mountains... actually they are absolutely excellent which by wo...  more »
  • August 4, 2017
    This was probably the most stunning natural park I have ever seen. We spent one night camping on the grounds and the views were absolutely unsurpassed. I cannot recommend this and now for a day trip o...  more »
  • June 15, 2017
    Must visit Band-e-Amir National Park if you're visiting Bamyan. The blue hue of the lakes is unlike any other and is truely mesmerizing and untouched. Great location for photographers!  more »
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  • June 30, 2017
    The place is amazing and brings you close to the nature and its fabulous beauty. Highly recommended for those who are traveling to Bamyan a must go place.
  • June 24, 2017
    Amazing and beautiful - shows that nature is still the most beautiful thing to have on our earth.
  • February 7, 2017
    The first national park of Afghanistan and the first place to see in this country. There are many lakes with a unique blue colour in the summer that is frozen in the winter with many waterfalls plus exceptional mountain sceneries around the lakes. There are a local market, hostels and Kayaking facilities. No security concern at at all. In case you have a question, please ask me.
  • July 15, 2017
    Band-e-Amir has a spectacular views of blue water within the mountains areas.
  • June 16, 2017
    Simply Beutiful

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Although Bamyan itself offers relatively few sleeping choices, the surrounding area provides more than enough options for the few foreign travelers who make it this far into Afghanistan. A few hotels in town offer basic rooms and hot meals, as well unlimited electricity and access to the Internet. Private guesthouses outside the city core serve as less expensive options, but they also provide only a few hours of electricity and no additional amenities.
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