Bazaar at the Band-e Amir lakes: Nothing for tourists, but go buy something
The shops are now about three hundred meters away from the lakes. Loitering is strictly prohibited to preserve the nature.
The bazaar is mainly for locals.
What to buy: You will find here household stuff like pails, ropes, nuts, some tidbits to eat and a few (just a few) pieces of clothings. What you will notice are gold-plated necklaces with Arabic writings.
What to pay: Very cheap. For a gold-plated necklace, I paid US$ 2.00. A lot of people were watching so I bargained. It was offered at US$ 3.00 actually.
Bamiyan bazaar: bazaar is getting better every month
The bazaar has really grown and expanded in the last year-- you can buy a food and general househould items, clothes, mobile phone, kebab, DVDs, or get a room at cheap hotel.
What to buy: Look in the 'antique' shops for some decent Hazarajat klims.
What to pay: $40-80 depending on size and bargaining skills
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At your local bazaar: Buy a rug, klim or carpet
Afghan is synonymous with rug, so definitely roll up your sleves and get ready to bargain. Taking home a klim or rug is a must for any visitor. Since I live in the Hazara region, I have klims made in the area, but more elaborate, tighter knotted rugs can be found in Herat, Kabul and Mazar.
What to buy: I think its good to support this local craft trade and to have a piece of cultural history in your home.
What to pay: prices range from all over - it depends what type of weave you are buying
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