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Buddhas of Bamyan Discover Kabul Afghanistan Tourism: Overview

Bamyan is one of the main tourist attractions in Afghanistan, largely due to the giant destroyed Buddha statues. It's also one of the most picturesque regions in the country. Bamyan Afghanistan is a historical site and one of the thirty-four provinces which is located in the center of Afghanistan with the estimated population of 387,300 people. Bamyan city was a stopping point for many travelers and caravans that were passing the region. Bamyan Afghanistan is also known for its natural beauty. Band-e Amir lake is another beauty of the city which is in west of Bamyan valley and one of the interesting places for international tourism.

Holiday Travel India offering Buddhas of Bamyan Discover Kabul Afghanistan Tourism Package specially for heritage sites lover. The mountain caves of Bamyan, the famous Panjshir valley and the historic northern towns of Mazar-i-Sharif are bound to make your trip  memorable. The Wakhan corridor, included in all Afghanistan vacation packages available to tourists, are bound to give goose bumps to any adventure loving traveler. So start planning your tour now.

Bamyan valley

 

Buddhas of Bamyan Discover Kabul Afghanistan Tourism: Highlights

  • Historic sites seeing in kabul

  • Bamyan Buddha main Site Tour

  • Bamyan Valley Tour

  • Kakrak valley Buddhist Site tour

  • Sitting Buddha of kakrak Valley

  • Foladi valley Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour

  • Dragon Valley Tour ( Visit legend of hazrat Ali)

  • Ice Pools of Haus-e-Koh-e-baba

  • Bamyan to Chehel Burj tour- Buddhist Stupa-e-Killigan tour

  • Qala-e-chhel tour ( Fort of forty maidens)

  • Shahr-e-Gholgola, City of Screams, City of lemantation tour

  • Two day trail - Bamyan Town to Band e Amir

  • Trail from Band-e-Amir to Ajar valley


Buddhas of Bamiyan Discover Kabul Afghanistan Tourism - Rates & Dates


Package Inclusion:-

  • 7 nights accommodation in well furshied room

  • All siteseeing tour mention in Itinerary

  • Daily breakfast at Hotel

  • All siteseeing in provided ac car

  • All taxes

 

Package Exclusion:-

  • Any airfare / railway fare

  • Any entry ticket

  • Any personal expenses

  • Lunch & Dinner


Buddhas of Bamiyan Discover Kabul Afghanistan Tourism - Itinerary

Today you will reach capital city of Afghanistan kabul from Delhi and our representative will transfer you to hotel. Since the recent war and the fall of the Taliban there has been substantial investment and a lot of changes in this legendary city and although modern developments can be seen all around, many of the old interesting areas still remain. After an introductory meeting that will include a specific security briefing, overnight stay at hotel with dinner. 

Today after breakfast proceed for Bamyan which is one of the country’s highlights, the Bamyan Valley was once on a major trading route and was an important centre for Buddhism. Although the Taliban famously destroyed the giant Buddhas in 2001, there is still much to see in the area, not least the Buddha niches, which are still an awesome sight to behold. We also plan to explore the surrounding cliffs that are riddled with caves that contain carvings and frescos. There will be time to wander through the friendly bazaar in the centre of town and to meet local Hazaras working their fields.

 Later in the afternoon, we’ll head for the nearby Darya Ajdhahar, the so-called Valley of the Dragon. Here there is a massive rock formation which is alleged to be the remains of a dragon that persecuted the villagers until Hazrat Ali, cousin and son-in-law of the Prophet Mohammed, killed it. The story is reminiscent of St George and the Dragon and is a wonderful spot to take in the late afternoon sun. 

A two hour journey west takes us to the extraordinary chain of lakes at Band-e Amir. Set in the middle of a barren mountain landscape, the lakes are astonishingly beautiful with the water colour varying from turquoise to deep blue-black from lake to lake. Don’t assume that photographs of the lakes have had their colour touched up - they really are these colours, tinted by the mineral salts in the springs that feed the lakes. For those who are feeling active, there is the opportunity to do a good walk around the cliff edge; for those after a more relaxed day, it is simply a great spot to take in this natural wonder, which in any other country would be teeming with visitors. It is truly a word-class destination and a highlight of any trip to the region.

We’ll return to Bamyan for overnight stay  

Today after breakfast you will visit to Kakrak valley which is one of three local centers of Budddhist activity, along with the Bamyan Valley itself and the nearby Foladi Valley. About 100 caves and niches are cut into the low cliffs and hills here on the east side of the valley where it meets the main Bamyan Valley.

Later visit Foladi Valley and Koh-i-Baba which  is the western extension of the Hindu Kush, and the origin of Afghanistan's Kabul, Helmand, Arghandab and the Hari River. The mountain range is crowned by Foladi peak rising 4951 m; 16,244 ft. above sea level, and is located south of Bamyan, Afghanistan.

At noon drive to Chehel Burj which take takes 4 to 5 hours. Half an hour before arriving at Chehel Burj the road passes by the substantial remains of the Buddhist Stupa-e-Killigan, another reminder of pre-Islamic Afghanistan. The stupa has been stripped of its outer decorative brickwork, but the main drum still survives.

Come to hotel and overnight stay at Hotel

Our final day in Bamyan allows for two leisurely visits to some lesser known but equally impressive sites in the nearby countryside. First we drive the short distance to the base of Shar-e Zohak. This imposing fortress at the eastern entrance to the Bamyan Valley has been used by various commanders over the past two millennia and although largely destroyed by Genghis Khan’s forces, it is still a great place to explore on foot. In particular, the summit gives a truly spectacular 360 degree view over the surrounding area.

Later we’ll head for the Shahr-e Gholgola, another fortress that saw its glory destroyed in the face of the Mongol invasion of the 13th century. History tells us that in 1221 Genghis had destroyed Balkh and sent his teenage grandson with an army to capture Bamyan. The people of Bamyan resisted and Genghis’s grandson was killed. Genghis besieged and destroyed Gholgola in revenge. Today its ruined remains overlook the central Bamyan valley and provide superb views over the Buddha niches and the surrounding countryside.  Overnight stay in Bamyan

Today after breakfast you will again back to Kabul, upon arrival you may visit for shopping in Kabul Bazaars.  Roshan Shopping Center - is a good shopping place to buy a variety of textiles and other wares.

Rest of the day free at your leisure and overnight stay.

We will spend the day exploring this incredible valley so expect to start early and make the most of it! The river has a narrow and extremely fertile flood plain and is famous for its fruit. However the sides are steep mountains hence its excellent defense qualities. In the spring especially, watered by the melting snow, these mountainsides are dark green giving an impression of overwhelming fertility.

When Afghanistan was on the tourist trail, the Panjshir’s proximity to Kabul combined with its astonishing natural beauty made it most people’s first destination in the country after the capital. It was also conveniently accessed from Pakistan by journalists covering the Russian and Taliban wars when its geographical situation, and the brilliance of its mujahedeen commander, made it unconquerable. Massoud defeated the Russians here 15 times, and so comprehensively that they stopped trying to capture it. Most of the television footage of the war shown in the West was shot here. Murdered by Al-Qaeda operatives two days before 9/11, Massoud is revered today as a national hero and we will visit his tomb, set in a commanding position above the valley. Back to kabul for overnight stay.

Today after breakfast pick your flight and go back to your home with sweet memories of Afghanistan trip. Tour end



Best time to visit Bamyan Afghanistan

Bamyan can be visited at any time of the year, but is at its best between about April and October. During the spring and summer months from May through to July the valley is awash with colour from the multitude of flowers that grow there, including a number of alpine varieties that survive up to an altitude of 3000m (9800ft). This is the most suitable season for hiking, horseriding and other outdoor activities.

October and November are cooler in the mornings and evenings, but can be a spectacular time to visit with autumnal colours giving the valley a completely different mood. This is a wonderful season for photography, when the low sun picks out details in the landscape and brings out colours in the cliffs and mountains not seen at other times of the year. The days can still be very warm and even the odd scattering of snow is commonly followed by four or five days of bright blue sunshine.

 

Other places to visit 

Babur Tomb: This place is also known as Gardens of Babur or Bagh-i-Babur. This garden is surrounded by walls but it is a very spread out place with Moghul style gardens, lot of foliage around with gushing streams of flowing water. The tomb of Babur is simple like the Emperor himself and has a mosque nearby. This is a place of historical importance. When you have looked around you can relax on a mat under a shady tree and enjoy the beauty of the gardens or the view of Kabul city from top

 

KhwajaAbd Allah Ansari Shrime: Hazrat Shaikh Abu Ismaïl Abdullah al-Herawi al-Ansari was a Sufi saint the saint of Heart. He wrote many books on Islamic philosophy in Persian and Arabic. A masterpiece of Persian literature and a book written by him is ‘MunajatNamah’ literally meaning dialogues with God.  The shrine has beautiful mosaic tile work. It is a well-known and popular Sufi pilgrimage place

 

Kabul Museum: This place is also known as The National Museum of Afghanistan or The Afghan National Museum. This museum is located in two storied complex which has a large garden adjacent to it. The rich collection of this museum includes ivory artifacts of Kushan era and of Buddhist and early Islamic period. Also in collection and display are inscriptions, sculpture, metal works, fragments and pieces of architecture and coins. Afghanistan was once hub of trade ancients ivories from India, mirrors from China, and glassware from the Roman Empire of that golden era are on display. A large collection of Buddhist sculpture recovered from various sites and Islamic art found at Ghazni are also on display.

 

Shah-e-DohSamshir Mosque: This two storied mosque is unique and beautiful.It stands by the Kabul River. In the square which is in front of the mosque, people feed the pigeons that swoop down from the ledges on the mosque and other nearby buildings. Take a walk along the row of shops by the river side can be quite entertaining, a chance to see how Kabul is changing.

 

Green Mosque: This green tiled mosque is said to be the inspiration behind the idea to build the TajMahal. It has a big open yard for prayers and a garden with trees. The architecture of the mosque is specimen of typical Timurid style.

 

Qargha Lake : The vast natural reservoir is the source of water to Kabul City. Clean and clear waters of the lake, mountains in backdrop and greenery all around all make the place very scenic. You can hire a personal smaller boat or enjoy the boat ride on a bigger diesel engine boat with the localities. Paddle boats are also available on hire. There are many cafés, Sis-ah joints and food vendors across the road leading to the lake. Afghani ice cream called Sheer-e-Yakh, kebabs, green tea and other delicacies are must try here. A seat on the first floor of the cafés will give you a breathtaking view of the lake and surroundings. You have an option of spending a night and have sunrise view of the lake in one of the many decent hotels near the lake.

 

 

Things to do in Afghanistan

Adventure: Afghanistan is an adventurous country; a little away from Bamiyan Valley to the Minaret of Jam to Heart is like going back in time. This route itself gives you a lot of thrill and adventurous and should be dine with the guidance of travel agencies.

 

Relaxation: The Orga lake in Afghanistan has clear water and green mountains which is very beautiful and even an hours boating in this serene lake offers a lot of relaxation and calm to the visitors.

Package Inclusion:-

  • 7 nights accommodation in well furshied room

  • All siteseeing tour mention in Itinerary

  • Daily breakfast at Hotel

  • All siteseeing in provided ac car

  • All taxes

 

Package Exclusion:-

  • Any airfare / railway fare

  • Any entry ticket

  • Any personal expenses

  • Lunch & Dinner

Buddhas of Bamiyan Discover Kabul Afghanistan Tourism - Itinerary

Today you will reach capital city of Afghanistan kabul from Delhi and our representative will transfer you to hotel. Since the recent war and the fall of the Taliban there has been substantial investment and a lot of changes in this legendary city and although modern developments can be seen all around, many of the old interesting areas still remain. After an introductory meeting that will include a specific security briefing, overnight stay at hotel with dinner. 

Today after breakfast proceed for Bamyan which is one of the country’s highlights, the Bamyan Valley was once on a major trading route and was an important centre for Buddhism. Although the Taliban famously destroyed the giant Buddhas in 2001, there is still much to see in the area, not least the Buddha niches, which are still an awesome sight to behold. We also plan to explore the surrounding cliffs that are riddled with caves that contain carvings and frescos. There will be time to wander through the friendly bazaar in the centre of town and to meet local Hazaras working their fields.

 Later in the afternoon, we’ll head for the nearby Darya Ajdhahar, the so-called Valley of the Dragon. Here there is a massive rock formation which is alleged to be the remains of a dragon that persecuted the villagers until Hazrat Ali, cousin and son-in-law of the Prophet Mohammed, killed it. The story is reminiscent of St George and the Dragon and is a wonderful spot to take in the late afternoon sun. 

A two hour journey west takes us to the extraordinary chain of lakes at Band-e Amir. Set in the middle of a barren mountain landscape, the lakes are astonishingly beautiful with the water colour varying from turquoise to deep blue-black from lake to lake. Don’t assume that photographs of the lakes have had their colour touched up - they really are these colours, tinted by the mineral salts in the springs that feed the lakes. For those who are feeling active, there is the opportunity to do a good walk around the cliff edge; for those after a more relaxed day, it is simply a great spot to take in this natural wonder, which in any other country would be teeming with visitors. It is truly a word-class destination and a highlight of any trip to the region.

We’ll return to Bamyan for overnight stay  

Today after breakfast you will visit to Kakrak valley which is one of three local centers of Budddhist activity, along with the Bamyan Valley itself and the nearby Foladi Valley. About 100 caves and niches are cut into the low cliffs and hills here on the east side of the valley where it meets the main Bamyan Valley.

Later visit Foladi Valley and Koh-i-Baba which  is the western extension of the Hindu Kush, and the origin of Afghanistan's Kabul, Helmand, Arghandab and the Hari River. The mountain range is crowned by Foladi peak rising 4951 m; 16,244 ft. above sea level, and is located south of Bamyan, Afghanistan.

At noon drive to Chehel Burj which take takes 4 to 5 hours. Half an hour before arriving at Chehel Burj the road passes by the substantial remains of the Buddhist Stupa-e-Killigan, another reminder of pre-Islamic Afghanistan. The stupa has been stripped of its outer decorative brickwork, but the main drum still survives.

Come to hotel and overnight stay at Hotel

Our final day in Bamyan allows for two leisurely visits to some lesser known but equally impressive sites in the nearby countryside. First we drive the short distance to the base of Shar-e Zohak. This imposing fortress at the eastern entrance to the Bamyan Valley has been used by various commanders over the past two millennia and although largely destroyed by Genghis Khan’s forces, it is still a great place to explore on foot. In particular, the summit gives a truly spectacular 360 degree view over the surrounding area.

Later we’ll head for the Shahr-e Gholgola, another fortress that saw its glory destroyed in the face of the Mongol invasion of the 13th century. History tells us that in 1221 Genghis had destroyed Balkh and sent his teenage grandson with an army to capture Bamyan. The people of Bamyan resisted and Genghis’s grandson was killed. Genghis besieged and destroyed Gholgola in revenge. Today its ruined remains overlook the central Bamyan valley and provide superb views over the Buddha niches and the surrounding countryside.  Overnight stay in Bamyan

Today after breakfast you will again back to Kabul, upon arrival you may visit for shopping in Kabul Bazaars.  Roshan Shopping Center - is a good shopping place to buy a variety of textiles and other wares.

Rest of the day free at your leisure and overnight stay.

We will spend the day exploring this incredible valley so expect to start early and make the most of it! The river has a narrow and extremely fertile flood plain and is famous for its fruit. However the sides are steep mountains hence its excellent defense qualities. In the spring especially, watered by the melting snow, these mountainsides are dark green giving an impression of overwhelming fertility.

When Afghanistan was on the tourist trail, the Panjshir’s proximity to Kabul combined with its astonishing natural beauty made it most people’s first destination in the country after the capital. It was also conveniently accessed from Pakistan by journalists covering the Russian and Taliban wars when its geographical situation, and the brilliance of its mujahedeen commander, made it unconquerable. Massoud defeated the Russians here 15 times, and so comprehensively that they stopped trying to capture it. Most of the television footage of the war shown in the West was shot here. Murdered by Al-Qaeda operatives two days before 9/11, Massoud is revered today as a national hero and we will visit his tomb, set in a commanding position above the valley. Back to kabul for overnight stay.

Today after breakfast pick your flight and go back to your home with sweet memories of Afghanistan trip. Tour end

Buddhas of Bamiyan Discover Kabul Afghanistan Tourism - Rates & Dates

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