Bamiyan is a history-rich province and the target destination of many domestic and foreign visitors.
Tourists who visited Bamiyan recount their positive experiences:
“It is our first time in Bamiyan. It is a good location. It is worth visiting as a tourist,” said Dawlat Khan, a tourist.
“Thankfully, there is nothing. The security is good and we come here to visit the province,” said Sulaiman, a tourist.
Tourism comprises one of the main incomes of the Bamiyan residents along with agriculture and farming.
However, vendors working near the tourist sites said that business has dropped compared to previous years.
“I hope the number of tourists is increased and so our business could improve,” said Najib Mohammadi, a vendor.
The local officials said they have been attempting to provide facilities for the tourists to attract them to visit Bamiyan.
“The local officials of Bamiyan have been instructed to take effective steps to ramp up the tourism industry for domestic and foreign tourists,” said Abdul Sabor Saighani, a spokesman for the Bamiyan governor.
“All of the guests we had during the Eid days came from across the country from various provinces,” said Saif Rahman Mohammadi, head of the department of Information and Culture of Bamiyan.
During the 1970s, over 120,000 tourists visited only Bamiyan province in central Afghanistan.