Bamiyan finalized as SAARC cultural capital for 2015-16, Dhaka for 2016-17
Bamiyan in Afghanistan is best known for two 6th century colossal statues of Buddhas , belonging to ancient Gandhara School of Art. These colossal buddha images were destroyed by Taliban in 2001.
In September 2014, Bamiyan has been given the honour of being the SAARC Cultural Capital for the year 2015-16. This was agreed upon at the SAARC Culture Ministers Conference, which also designated Dhaka as the cultural capital for the year 2016-17. Also, the year 2016-17 is to be the SAARC Year of Cultural Heritage. These developments are part of the efforts aimed at strengthening cultural ties among SAARC nations.