The number of tourists visiting historic sites particularly, Ghulghula city has increased in recent months comparing to previous years according to local officials, over 3,000 domestic and foreign tourists have visited the historic places of Bamyan, particularly the Ghulghula city so far this year.
“More than 3,000 tourists including 250 foreigners have visited Ghulghula city of Bamyan since the beginning of the current solar year,” said Sayed Ali Musavi, a ticket-selling agent of Ghulghula city.
A number of tourists say that the city of Ghulghula is one of the eight ancient places of Bamyan, which has been registered as a cultural heritage by UNESCO.
Most tourists are more interested in visiting this historical place of the province. “We are here in a tour to see the city of Ghulghula as it’s one of the historic sites of Bamyan. I like the architecture used in building this historic city,” said Mohammad Rahim, a domestic tourist.
Meanwhile, cultural experts in the province believe that the city of Ghulghula in Bamyan is playing a key role in increasing the number of tourists.
They say the issue of tourism depends on historic sites and monuments as most visitors both domestic and foreign nationals are interested in visiting historic and ancient places. They mostly prefer to visit the city of Ghulghula as they like the architecture used in the city.
On the other hand, Bamyan provincial director of information and culture says besides providing touristic facilities, efforts are underway for renovation of the city of Ghulghula in the province.
Like the citadel of the city of Zohak, the city of Ghulghula was also built by Buddhist Ghorids during the Sassanian Period in the 6th century. The city of Ghulghula was the beating heart of ancient Bamyan, the center of the valley. Even as Buddhism reached its decline in the 8th century and Islam took hold of Bamyanis it remained the center.