Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Bamiyan Province

Bamiyan, with its archeological remains, is the most conspicuous tourist site of Afghanistan.
The village lies about 2500m above sea level, 240Km west of Kabul and attracts thousands visitors annually. The exquisite beauty of this valley is embraced by the snow capped range of the Kohe Baba Mountains in the south and in the north by the steep cliffs in which massive images of Buddah carved. The pastel colors of its surrounding give visitors an impression of the magnificence and serenity of nature. The area of Bamiyan developed under Kanishka the great to become a major commercial and religious center and the smaller statue of Buddah (38 m high) was built during his reign. Two centuries later the colossal Buddah statue (55 m high) was carved. Thousands of ornamented caves, inhabited by yellow robed monks, extended into Folladi and Kakrak valley, where a smaller statue of Buddah (6.5 m ) stands. Bamiyan fell to the Islamic conquerors in the 9th century.

SHARE GHOLGHOLA: the Islamic city of Bmiyan was destroyed by Genghis Khan in 1221 in revenge of the death of his grandson Mutugen. The ruins of the citadel, called city of noise, still give evidence of its magnitude before Mongol devastation.
SHARE ZOHAK: this mass of ruins was once a principle fortress, protecting the entrance to the city of Bamiyan during the reigns of the Shansabani Kings in the 12th and 13th century. It also fell victims to Genghis Khan’s vengeance.
AJAR VALLEY: this beautiful lush green valley embraced by picturesque mountains of fascinating formation and glomming over changing colors, with sparkling clear stream, full of trout, leading into a breathtaking chasm,is an unforgettable site for every visitors       

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