the summer of 1970, I traveled to Afghanistan with one of my brothers and a
friend. We drove through part of Europe, then
car, a Renault 4L, made the long roundtrip without any serious mechanical
problems, despite many bad roads and intense heat especially in the southern
The Unai (3300m) and Hajigak (3700m) passes along the road from Kabul to Bamyan give access to Hazarajat, home of the Hazara people, whose ′′capital′′ is Bamyian.
Bamiyan, with the statues of Buddha carved in the sandstone cliff in the background.
The large statue of Buddha (55m) and a smaller one.
′′I had always expected I would see our Buddha again. But the storm of ignorance that has been raging in Afghanistan for so many decades smashed him into bits before I could return. I once lived inside his head. Now he lives in mine.′′
From ′A Fort of Nine Towers′, by Qais Akbar Omar.
Another view of the big statue
Frescos near the statue′s head
Bandi-Amir lakes, one of the most beautiful sceneries on Earth
Mausoleum of Khwaja Abu Nasr-i-Parsa in Balkh
Tashkurgan, an ancient caravan city
Shrine to Hazarat Ali, in Mazar-i-Sharif
Scenes from the South
Minaret of the Musalla
(mosque) of Gawhar Shad, near