Zenfolio | the 30 birds | Aybak, Samangan Album
The people of Aybak complain the son of their soil, Sultan Qutbuddin Aybak, built the magnificent Qutb Minar at Delhi, but left them with nothing. Fortunately, however, Aybak's former custodians, several centuries earlier, left an enigmatic gem behind: The Takht-e Rustam (or, the throne of the legendary warrior-king of the Shahname, Rustam). Unfortunately, we did not have the heart to break it to the locals that this was neither a throne nor did it belong to Rustam. But rather, the 'takht', as it is now called, was a ca. 5th century Buddhist monastic institution featuring a serious of spectacular caves and a vast stupa hewn out of mountain. (To the untrained eye, this may resemble a cube atop a massive dome.)

Categories & Keywords
Category:Travel and Places
Subcategory:Middle East
Subcategory Detail:Afghanistan
Keywords:Aybak, Haibak, Samangan