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Tourism in Bamiyan province |🇦🇫 NATO in Afghanistan

Tourism in Bamiyan province |🇦🇫 NATO in Afghanistan

A holiday in Afghanistan. For many, this might
seem bizarre or dangerous. But for internationals and locals, one area of the country is trying
to resurrect itself as a centre for tourism. Bamiyan Province, almost 3 kilometres above
sea level, is recognised all over Afghanistan for it's outstanding natural beauty. Only
last year, Afghanistan's first national park was opened in the Band-e-Amir valley as a
conservation area by the province's female governor, Dr Habiba Sarabi. “Bamyan has a lot of potential for tourism.
we have the Scream City, we call it Shahr-i-Gholghola, we have the Red City, we have, tens of other
historical sites, that is very attractive for tourists.” Back in the sixties and seventies there were
several commercial flights to Bamiyan a week, filled with Afghan sight seers keen to see
its famous Buddha statues, destroyed in 2001 by the Taliban. But after thirty years of
war and destruction, flights are scarce and the roads in bad condition. The Governor has
pledged to construct sealed roads all over the province during the next few years. “If we have good security in the highways
for the tourists, I am one hundred percent sure that we will have thousands of tourists
here every month.” “With beautiful trails, scenery and stunning
mountains, Bamiyan is the perfect tourist destination, especially for people, who like
to ski.” One entrepreneurial company has decided to
make use of Bamiyan's mountainous landscape to bring the winter sport to Afghanistan.
With donations from Switzerland and Italy, they've set up a ski lodge in Bamiyan city
for tourists to visit and help support the local economy. “If you have more tourists it's going to
be help the locals, the restaurants, you know, cars, drivers, translators for the companies,
for everybody.” “To start skiing with all the problems we
have in Afghanistan may seem absurd, but it's also a local development project, a travel
agency that we have helped to grow. We've made sure that we have real income for the
economy.” Skiing has been seen in Afghanistan as far
back as the sixties, but, until now has been the pastime of foreigners. So when he's not
taking out intrepid tourists, Ferdinando gives lessons to local boys and girls keen to learn
how to master the mountains and have fun at the same time. “I'm a fully qualified mountain guide, so
we offer children an introduction to skiing. We have classes for kids who are not in school
this season where we teach the basics of skiing.” Up til now the lodge Has mainly seen foreign
workers looking for a weekend away from the hustle and bustle of Kabul.
But the manager of the lodge hopes that more donations of equipment combined with a stable
security situation in Bamiyan will attract tourists from outside the country to try this
unique destination. “I can say in Bamiyan they should be come
more than welcome, as we have peace in these ten or nine years we did not have an explosion,
kidnapping and robbery, nothing in Bamiyan.” “Bamiyan is like their home. They should
be relaxing and feel safe in here.” This is Ruth Owen, in Bamiyan Province, for
the Natochannel.

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