"Bamiyan is pretty safe, but the rest is not" Bamiyan by mi5chelle

Bamiyan Travel Guide: 49 reviews and 110 photos

beautiful but unstable

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:

1) http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_pictures/3583202.stm

2) http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/from_our_own_correspondent/3582750.stm

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.

fat tailed sheep

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.

Warm Friendly people

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 and Cons
  • 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
  • Last visit to Bamiyan: Oct 2004
  • Intro Updated Oct 10, 2004
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  • kymbanm's Profile Photo
    Oct 28, 2006 at 6:42 PM

    I"m sitting here in New Mexico watching a documentary about the Buddha and Bamiyan ..... Thanks for sharing your insights into the area here on VT :)

  • mikelisaanna's Profile Photo
    Dec 11, 2005 at 10:50 AM

    Thank you for posting this page and its tips and photos. Good luck with your work.

  • Yubert's Profile Photo
    Oct 12, 2004 at 12:08 AM

    Happy Birthday form Sunny Southern California! Bamiyan sounds interesting.

  • RedEaredPanda's Profile Photo
    Oct 11, 2004 at 11:48 PM

    Amazing pages on Bamiyan Michelle.. Hadn't heard of it before your pages.. Loved the photographs of the local children.. Thank you for the pics and the tips.. Rafi

  • balfor's Profile Photo
    Jun 13, 2004 at 7:08 AM

    Hopefully Afghanistan will be more stable after the elections and become safer for people to visit such an ancient land!

  • Sharrie's Profile Photo
    May 28, 2004 at 7:56 PM

    The filming was done b4 it was destroyed. What a shame...

  • aussiedoug's Profile Photo
    May 28, 2004 at 7:29 PM

    Not comparing this to the human tragedies of recent times, but this has to be the biggest other tragedy in so many respects. I respect & envy the opportunity you have now with your work to help, but also explore & understand.

  • quartinb's Profile Photo
    May 28, 2004 at 12:47 AM

    pitty its all destroyed. they should share their history with us, instead they burn it down....dificult to understand the will of man!

  • Bigjones's Profile Photo
    May 27, 2004 at 11:18 PM

    Hi, thanks for sharing your experience in A. with us. Can't wait to read more. Take care !

  • May 27, 2004 at 11:12 PM

    It is tragedy that they (Taliban fundmentalists ) destroyed such a grat world trasure. They do not know the value .Thanks for sharing.


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