five lakes of Band-e Amir are arguably Afghanistan's greatest natural asset.
The group of five lakes are collectively known as Band-e- Amir. Band-e-Amir
lakes are also considered the lakes of jewels. Lakes of Band e Amir are
formed naturally with special geological formations. Color of the water is
deep blue flourishing with amazing natural beauty.
The natural lakes of Band e Amir were created by the carbon dioxide with
rich water oozing out of the faults and fractures. The deep blue water of
the lakes glitters like jewels. The lakes are formed by limestone deposits.
The most accessible of the lakes is Band-e-Haibat, literally translated as
Dam of Awe. High mineral content of the lake water grants it the color. Due
to high mineral content, water seems to change its color during the day time
presenting a stunning beauty.
Band-E-Amir is a beautiful place to relax and take in the spectacular
scenery, eat freshwater fish at lakeside, and drink the pure water straight
from the source. Band-e-Amir was decided to be developed as an natonal park
but due to political inconsistencies in Kabul the plan could not
Band e Amir lakes are located in the central Afghanistan. The lakes are
high in the Hindu Kush Mountains. Lakes of Band e Amir lie 75km west of
Bamiyan, via the village of Shahidan. Budhas of Bamiyan are so close to the
The place is most easily visited from Bamiyan. The visitors most often
visit the lakes on Thursday or Fridays. In good weather the trip from
Bamiyan takes around five hours. It is usually necessary to hire a vehicle
there as there is little transport available for the lakes. One can take
transport to Yawkawlang and get off at the junction to the lakes. Private
minivans are also available. The road can only be attempted in summers or in
the autumns due to snow falls.
There is a chaikhana at Band-e Haibat, where the people visiting the lake
can pay a visit. Locally caught fish and some local dishes are served here.
One night stay can also be available at low price. Next to the chaikhana is
a small mosque dedicated to Ali. Couple of rowing boats are also available
which you can use to move to the lake. Swimming is possible but only for
men. The water of the lake is incredibly cold.