"Bamiyan is pretty safe, but the rest is not" Bamiyan by mi5chelle
Bamiyan Travel Guide: 49 reviews and 110 photos
There is a great article in the website of The Washington Post about Bamiyan, written by Pamela Constable on 24 Aug 2004, called 'Out of Ruins, Afghan Group Builds Anew' Its about the Hazara people getting their lives back to order after so many years of percecution. Highly recommended
for recent developments and photos see these two links:
For all those adventurers who think that it would be a great time to get back on the silk route, I strongly advise against travelling to Afghanistan since the stability is very sketchy.
However, the good news is that the 9 October elections appear to have gone off without major disruption or violence. There were some issues raised about the indelible ink, but so far so good.
I work for the United Nations and am on assignment. Its been wonderful and I have gone hiking, biking and trekking in Bamiyan & Yakawlang Provinces, but these are more safe and I am trained for such emergency-prone, volatile missions.
Its beautiful here, but should still be off limits unless you work with an aid agency or have special permission by the Gov't.
If you are a fan of congealed mutton fat, this is the country for you!
It can be tough if you are a vegetarian, which I am not, but you can always go to the bazaar to get fresh fruits and vegetables. The bigger the town, the better the selection.
This shows my driver, Attaullah, and some kids in a remote village in Yakawlang. People are quite hospitable and warm hearted. The children are curious and eager. Everyone loves to have their picture taken.
- Pros:one of the most beautiful parts of Afghanistan
- Cons:insecurity and instability can be daunting
- In a nutshell:AFG is still too dangerous and unstable for backpackers
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