Bandi Amir

Literally meaning "the emir's dams," this series of five lakes is one of the most breathtaking sites in the world.  Each lake is colored by different shades of blue and turquoise seeming almost as if a playful deity dumped a giant bucket of bright blue paint into each valley.  On closer inspection the clarity of the water reminds you of a Caribbean beach or a South Pacific atoll, while the canyon walls rising impressively behind the lakes are reminiscent of the Grand Canyon.   Most interestingly, though, are the waterfall-drenched natural dams formed by calcium deposits that have accumulated through the ages, cause the water level of the lake to rise dozens of meters above the surrounding valley.  This is a site with no comparison anywhere in the world.