Afghanistan’s first national park, Band-i-Amir, is attracting a large numbers of visitors. Constructed in 1973, Band-i-Amir comprises seven dams – Zulfiqar, Haibat, Podina, Qanbar, Ghulaman, Barbar and Panirak. According to German swimmers, the water reservoir of these dams is 90 meter deep. It was registered as a world heritage site in 2009. The park is situated towards the northwest of Bamiyan City. It has lush green mountains and flowing streams. Newly constructed hotels at the site offer advanced accommodation to local and foreign tourists.
The park has also benefitted the families that live close to Band-iAmir, most of whom serve as vendors, offering local agriculture products such yogurt, curd, cream, handicrafts, carpets and other items of daily use, to the visitors. “Our business is associated with the arrival of tourists. We earn around 20,000 Afghanis per month when the season starts,” said a local vendor.