Image: Luke Baljkas
Spectacular scenery around Band-e-Amir lakes
The word ‘Bamiyan’ (also spelled ‘Bamyan’ or ‘Bamian’) can be translated as ‘The Place of Shining Light’. And fittingly, this small Afghan town was once a beacon to travelers on the ancient and legendary Silk Road. Settled amidst the mountains and valleys of the Hindu Kush, this town has seen countless people pass through its gates over its 1,000-year history, from pilgrims and traders, to entire armies.