Bamiyan Valley is located in Bamyan Province, Central Afghanistan.
It was part of the Silk Road and holds remains of many forts dating from various Islamic periods. "The Silk Road is a caravan route linking the markets of China with those of Western Asia. Until the 11th century, Bamiyan was part of the kingdom of Gandhara. It was the site of several Buddhist monasteries, and a thriving center for religion, philosophy, and Indian art. It was a Buddhist religious site from the 2nd century up to the time of the Islamic invasion in the 9th century. Monks at the monasteries lived as hermits in small caves carved into the side of the Bamiyan cliffs." WIKIPEDIA
|Smaller Buddha photographed in 1977|
note the size of the man at the left foot. Built between 544 and 595.
Bamiyan is renown for its huge statues of Buddha. They were built by the Kushans, with the guidance of local Buddhist monks. Unfortunately many statues were destroyed by the Taliban in 2001 but the good news is that it is now a World heritage listed site.
In addition to the ancient Buddhist remains, you should visit Bande Amir, a place with six picturesque lakes and a gorgeous landscape.
|A View of Bamyan Valley Near the Big Budha Statue|
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