Seven Dams

Southasia - - BRIEFINGS -

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.

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