Unexpected experiences in Afghanistan

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Lake Band-e-Amir is beautiful and impressive no stranger in Europe. Picture: Afghanistan Matter / Flickr.
Lake Band-e-Amir is beautiful and impressive no stranger in Europe. Picture: Afghanistan Matter / Flickr.

Afghanistan has many beautiful and beautiful destinations such as Bamyan, Band-e-Amir Lake and the ancient city of Bost.

Although Afghanistan has never been an ideal place to travel, but if you are brave enough, try visiting the following locations to experience the beauty and history of the country.

Afghanistan is rare in the sun
Afghanistan is rare in the sun

Giant Buddha statue in Bamyan

Built in the 6th century and destroyed almost in 2001, today visitors to Bamyan can still see large cliffs where two statues are carved. Scientists have announced they discovered another 18-meter-long Buddha statue that had survived by buried underground. There is much hope for the restoration of the Buddha statues thanks to the Japanese fundraising effort to rediscover the golden age of Buddhism in Central Asia.

Just under the large cliff you will understand how old the statue is as well as the growth of Buddhism in history. The construction of the new statue is expected to cost about $ 10 million and there is currently no information on the completion time. One of the obstacles is political instability in Afghanistan.

Pictures before and after the Buddha was collapsed in 2001 by the Taliban. Picture: Wikipedia
Pictures before and after the Buddha was collapsed in 2001 by the Taliban. Picture: Wikipedia

Pictures before and after the Buddha was collapsed in 2001 by the Taliban. Picture: Wikipedia

Lake Band-e-Amir

Lake Band-e-Amir is simply described as beautiful and sometimes called the Grand Canyon of Afghanistan. The lake is close to the Bamyan buddhist site so you can join in the journey. The highlight of the lakes in the Kush Hindu mountain range is the water that is completely preserved. The cliffs are streams of carbon dioxide-rich water. For millennia, water has provided calcium carbonate and slowly calcified the walls.

This area requires a bit of courage and a passion for nature when you have to cross the small streets while quite a few Taliban mines can still be scattered.

Lake Band-e-Amir is beautiful and impressive no stranger in Europe. Picture: Afghanistan Matter / Flickr.
Lake Band-e-Amir is beautiful and impressive no stranger in Europe. Picture: Afghanistan Matter / Flickr.

Shar-e Gholghola

The people of Shar-e Gholghola in the 13th century killed Genghis Khan’s grandson so he destroyed the city and killed more than 150,000 people. Shar-e Gholghola was never rebuilt and slowly fell into desolation. It has, however, become a worthy destination to watch from afar due to the presence of Russian military mines. “The City of Silence” or “The City of Screams” – the city of silence or the city of screams – is the name of the day that people often refer to Shar-e Gholghola.

The grave of a lost man behind is the city of Shar-e Gholghola silence. Photo: Tracy Hunter
The grave of a lost man behind is the city of Shar-e Gholghola silence. Photo: Tracy Hunter

Mazar-e Sharif

The city of Mazar-e Sharif is home to one of the finest mosques that you will ever witness. The name of the city means “Tomb of the Exalted” and “Blue Mosque”. Mazar-e Sharif is known as the burial place of Ali. Ali was the son-in-law of Prophet Muhammad.

It is believed that, after his death, Ali’s body was threatened, so his followers chose to put him on the white camel’s back. They followed the camel’s path for weeks until it was exhausted and fell. The blue church is the most recent construction ever built at that location. Although built in the 15th century the cathedral retains its beauty thanks to the restoration.

The most beautiful blue church in the country is believed to be the resting place of the son-in-law of Prophet Muhammed

The most beautiful blue church in the country is believed to be the resting place of the son-in-law of Prophet Muhammed. Picture: Johannes Zielcke

Minarets – The towers

Ghazni in the eastern part of the country is famous for its steeple of mosques that are known as the minaret. Some of them are more than 1,000 years old. The city is a mix of indigenous cultural creeds and, like the rest of the country, the Sikhs or Hindu have been swept away by the Taliban.

The 2011 Ghazni tower is located close to the dusty road. Photo: US Embassy Kabul
The 2011 Ghazni tower is located close to the dusty road. Photo: US Embassy Kabul

Ancient Bost – Old Town Bost

The capital of Helmund province is Lashkar Gah, who holds a secret – the ancient city that now descends into Bost. No one knows who actually built this municipality, although there is information about when Bost survived (at least 3,000 years old). In 661, the city was occupied by Muslims and became the territory of the Ghaznavid empire. The city was attacked and destroyed by Genghis Khan in 1220. What remains is worthwhile for visitors to make a visit to Bost when the road to Lashkar Gah was quite good.

If you are an archaeologist and relics, you will be impressed by Bost. Photo: Wikimedia
If you are an archaeologist and relics, you will be impressed by Bost. Photo: Wikimedia

The Khyber Pass – Khyber Pass

One of the most popular destinations is the Khyber Pass winding road connecting the country with neighboring Pakistani country.

The regular pass is an important way of transport for the army and the convoy of traders. However, it is still considered unsafe for visitors. In February 2009, the main bridge on the passageway was knocked out by forces suspected of supporting the Taliban. However, if you have been assured of safety, you should definitely not miss the trip on the sleeves of the emotional sense.

Next to it is the Salang Pass, which is nearly 4,000 meters above sea level connecting the northern part of the country (Mazar Sharif) to Kabul.

A corner of the Khyber Pass at the height of 4,000m
A corner of the Khyber Pass at the height of 4,000m

Watching the landscapes and sites of Central Asia known for its violence and terror, there must be quite a lot of people surprised by the natural beauty and works created by the Afghan man. If you decide to spend your precious holidays in Afghanistan, the first thing to do is to buy a great insurance package and carefully consider before you decide to go.

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