Band-e Amir National Park

Hindu Kush Mountains
Bamyan Province, Afghanistan

Band-e Amir National Park
Photo: U.S Embassy Kabul Afghanistan License: Public Domain
Band-e Amir National Park is Afghanistan's first national park. It is a series of six deep blue lakes separated by natural dams made of travertine, a mineral deposit. The Band-e Amir lakes are primarily a late spring and summertime tourism destination.

Map of the Area Around
Band-e Amir National Park

Fishing using electricity from mobile generators and explosives such as grenades has damaged the aquatic ecosystem. According to the Wildlife Conservation Society, much of the park's wildlife has been lost.

In 2008 the Afghan government banned the use of boats with gasoline engines on the lakes.

Band-e Amir National Park Categories

  • Bodies of Water

    The six constituent lakes of Band-e Amir are: Band-e Gholaman (Lake of the slaves), Band-e Qambar (Lake of Caliph Ali's slave), Band-e Haibat (Lake of grandiose), Band-e Panir (Lake of cheese), Band-e Zulfiqar (Lake of the sword of Ali), and Band-e Pudina (Lake of wild mint).
  • National Parks

    Band-e Amir was to become Afghanistan's first national park in the 1960s but this was delayed due to political crises and the decades of wars. The park was finally established and opened to the public in 2009.
  • Natural Landmarks

    The white travertine dams were created by fault lines, which are prevalent in the Band-e Amir Valley, form the barriers between the lakes.
  • Television and Movie Locations

    Parts of the 1975 Bollywood film Dharmatma, with Feroz Khan and Hema Malini, were filmed at the Band-e Amir National Park.

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