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Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley

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Address: Bamyan, Afghanistan
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A visit to Bamiyan Valley is one of those rare moments that will stay with you forever. There is limited to almost nonexistent tourist infrastructure here (when I visited I could... read more

Reviewed 4 July 2016
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 4 July 2016

A visit to Bamiyan Valley is one of those rare moments that will stay with you forever. There is limited to almost nonexistent tourist infrastructure here (when I visited I could not find the tourist centre or the guide or the ticket office), but the beauty of Bamiyan speak for itself. Just wandering along the cliffs would be a great... More 

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Kabul, Afghanistan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 June 2016

The Buddhas themselves were destroyed in March 2001, by the Taleban just 8-9 months before they were removed from power in Afghanistan. The alcoves in which they were carved remain, and seem to have been stabilized. There are also many caves around the Buddhas, which have been used as homes relatively recently, I understand. Prior to 2001, they were also... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2016

Just hearing about the Buddha statues and the Red City is enough reason to go, not to mention the City of Screams

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Kiev, Ukraine
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Reviewed 18 November 2015

This province of Afghanistan is having a very natural beauty. Though the whole country is beautified with nature but you will enjoy tripping Bamyan. According to some foreigners near the Band-e-Amir lake, they said they have visited above 26 countries but a place like Band-e-amir was never spotted.

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Ede, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 17 November 2015

Visiting the remains of the Buddha statues is like connecting with 1500 years ago, when these statues were made. Imposing in height.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2015

The Taliban Destroyed the GIAT BUDDHAS Externally and wrecked havoc internally, but there is still much Beauty to enjoy and Behold. Including Buddhist Frescoes amongst the oldest in the world. I'm so VERY Happy I got to see the Silk Road History in Person. Once in a lifetime experience, given the dangers of visiting Afghanistan. For the intrepid Traveller only!

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Reviewed 30 September 2015

This location is obviously out of the way for regular tourists. An active warzone and Talib threats in the area make it unsafe for travel. A UNESCO world heritage site that hopefully will be open to the public so that they can enjoy it like hemp travelers of the 1970's. Plans are in place to rebuild the site in the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 July 2015

You enter the Bamyan valley after driving to the west from Kabul. From the shade of a small cafe run by a friendly Afghan, cast your eyes across the fields to the vast Standing Buddhas carved right into the sandstone cliff face.The largest of which stands a full 55metres tall. They stood here silent sentinel to the many caravans that... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 May 2015

I was attached to the military base here in Bamyan. I have to say it's one of the most beautiful landscapes I've ever laid eyes on! There's so much history here in this province. If you ever find it safe enough to visit Afghanistan outside of military, Bamyan would be the one place I'd say you must see. You won't... More 

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Nagaoka, Japan
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Reviewed 31 March 2015

Anybody knows about beauty and uniqueness of Bamiyan and no need for my compliments. But I am here to update some news as the local airline and its flight which takes 30 mins from Kabul to Bamiyan. Ticket price is $ 100 for one way trip. Also there are new hotels which I think Highland Hotel is the best among... More 

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