National Geographic : 1940 Oct
Along the Old Silk Routes 481 A Buddha 175 Feet High Looks Out from a Sandstone Cliff in Bamian Valley This is the larger of two mammoth figures of the founder of the faith; the other measures about 116 feet in height (page 485). In the hundreds of caves which still pockmark the yellow rock walls in Afghanistan, Buddhist monks and their followers dwelt more than a thousand years ago, before Mohammedanism con quered this region. The expedition found the weather intensely cold at this altitude, about 8,500 feet. Yet camel caravans were moving along the way, even in November (page 482).