A Magical Place in Centeral Part of Afghansitan

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I will never forget the first time I visited Band-e-Amir in Bamyan, Afghanistan. Band-e-Amir is the first Afghanistan National park which is located in central part of this country. People believe that Band-e-Amir was divided into seven lakes (Band) by a sword slash of Ali, the son-in-law of Prophet Mohammad a long time ago, therefore, it is called Band-e-Amir which means Ali's lakes.

Since Band-e-Amir is a peaceful place, many people visit there in summer vacations. On my first visit, I was amazed to observe the color of Band-e-Amir’s lakes because it was bluer than sky. I never thought the reflection of the sky can have a stronger color than sky itself. The lakes were crystal clear and I could see the small fishes through the water. Sometimes I imagined Band-e-Amir as a magical place and expected a small mermaid to come out and say hi.

I loved every moment I spent in Band-e-Amir. Nights my sisters and I used to lie down and watch the sky, point at stars and talk about ancient Greek stories. In Band-e-Amir, the sky at nights is clean and dark; the stars could not be clearer. I still have the image of those bright stars in my mind, and I never saw the same brightness in any other place.

Every Band has its own beauty and grace. However, my favorite one is Band-e-Panir (Cheese Lake). People call this band cheese because it has a white and soft ground that I used to assume somebody had put a slice of Feta cheese on it. Although Band-e-Amir’s lake was not as blue as other lakes, I enjoyed dancing and playing hide and seek on Band-e-Panir’s shore the most.

Band-e-Amir for me is a place to escape from all the headaches and troubles in the capital. In Band-e-Amir I breathe a cleaner air, drink a better water, and have more fun. In Afghanistan, Band-e-Amir is a paradise itself and its beautiful nature and perfect view may enable many people who suffer from hardship and anxiety in Afghanistan to relax. Whenever I go to Band-e-Amir, I throw away part of my worries in the Band-e-Panir’s lake and feel lighter and stronger. Band-e-Amir is a magical place for me.

About the author


Fatima Hadari is an Afghan student now studing at the St. Timothy's School in Maryland, USA. She loves writing because it allows her to express her feelings freely. When she was 12, she started blogging in Farsi. Now she writes for Afghan Women Writing Project, Film Annex, and Women's Annex.…

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