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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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  • Visit Band e amir in September of 2014 on a trip alone. Never waits a place as well in the middle of the ochre that surrounds it. Bathing in its waters after the last to get there is something unforgettable and unique. Afghanistan changes you of life, is the journey for any traveller.
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  • This is a gorgeous part of Bamyan, you can swim in the lakes, but make sure you cover up as shorts and togs are offensive. It is cold, but worth it. 2010 
  • There is a Valley lost in the foothills of the Himalayas where paradise becomes reality. I was there when he was 16, when I ran away from home, it was the summer of the year 1975. The Valley called band-e - Amir has not changed, and the time seems to have stopped. Without a doubt recommend experience adventurers who like me want to know and be known. Band-e - Amir is in the North of Afghanistan, is a challenge in life that leaves trail of one who has lived it. Coloured lakes are Rainbow that sprout from the desert. Some emerge between cliffs wild with waterfalls everywhere, others appear between the Lunar rocks, no more. No one, only the nomadic people who live around the water. But what makes the memory color lapis lazuli main, profound, undaunted and still Lake like a mirror. Changes of personality throughout the day with the reflection of sunlight. In that place the steppe tarpanes I cabalgué on the backs of horses and participated in Buzkashi with nomadic horsemen who welcomed us in their yurts. Live in yurts, eat with them, exchanging objects in the bartering and haggling; Texans by precious stones, sneakers for antiques, food and water by a smile. The Afghan people are as pure as the water of these lakes, nomads are always armed, but they radiate peace, a peace that we sometimes do not understand or do not want to understand. To know which go, that will be a before and an later in his life. I have in my imagination recently returned to the Lakes of band-e - Amir. I have written a book entitled "The Bamiyan Buddha". In it I talk about my memories in those hidden spots. Fernando Martinez
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