Band-e-Amir – Afghanistan national park Bamyan
Band-e-Amir gained national park status in 2009, making it Afghanistan’s first national park.
Band-e-Amir National Park stretches across 575 square kilometers. Its pristine lakes and limestone cliffs offer a stark contrast to the shell blasted landscapes of nearby Kabul.
These fragile mineral-rich lakes which most Afghans believe have healing properties, were once the site of destructive fishing practices involving the use of hand grenades.
The park is located on the Hazarajat Plateau in the mountainous Hindu Kush. It is visit by thousands of local tourists and pilgrims yearly but foreign tourists remain scarce.
Photo: Leslie Knott for AJE •••
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