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. Take the guesswork out of planning a Bamyan vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.
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  • Great place, to avoid the world, focus on weekend or out of afghan holidays periods. Is accessed from Bamian by a paved road, then a good kilometre 20 track. The place is well signposted.
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  • 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 »
  • 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 »
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  • Amazing natural beauty with wonderful blue water.
  • it's the first national park in Afghanistan . every thing are best here. clear water best weather
  • Definitely the most beautiful scenery in Afghanistan. We camped on the lake and enjoyed the relative security of the park.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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Where to stay in Bamyan

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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