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Bamiyan Valley

Bamiyan Valley

A wide view of Bamiyan Valley in Afghanistan. Bamiyan lies on the Silk Road which lies in the Hindu Kush mountain region, in the Bamiyan Valley. 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 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. Like Bamiyan valley in this country have thousand of year’s historical places and beautiful landscapes. The tourism industry of Afghanistan, developed with government help in the early 1970s, has been negligible since 2001 due to internal political instability. Travel was highly restricted in the country due to the US-led campaign against the Taliban and al-Qaeda. Because of kidnaping and suicidal attack tourism industry had been almost ruined in Afghanistan. After downfall of Taliban regime nowadays Afghanistan can be rebuild its tourism industry. Today World Tourism Organization's slogan should be 'rebuild Afghan tourism for powering sustainable development in Afghanistan'.

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