After the Taliban seized control of Afghanistan in August, tourism was the last thing on many Afghans minds.
But the stunning azure waters of the Band-e Amir lakes – the so-called Grand Canyon of Afghanistan – are once again attracting visitors.
The six lakes are at the heart of the Hindu Kush mountain range. According to legend, they were a miracle creation of Ali, the son-in-law and cousin of the Prophet Mohammed.
Their striking colour is down to the surrounding limestone cliffs, which are rich in mineral content.
Tourists rent paddle boats in the shape of swans imported from Iran, paying the equivalent of €7 an hour.
Taliban guards brandishing rocket launchers have also
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