The city of Bair Dar which is presently acting s a capital for the Amhara people regional state is mainly taken as the first stop in the Historic circuit. It is a bustling commercial center set on the Southern shore of Lake Tana, the largest water body in Ethiopia and official source of the Blue Nile River.
In addition to hosting a fascinating and very traditional daily open-air market, and a rich bird life, Bahirdar forms the obvious base for several day trips: to the sensational Blue Nile falls, and to a multitude of atmospheric medieval monasteries dotted around the forested island and peninsulas of Lake Tana.
The rapidly growing city of Bahir Dar is quite modern along this route with much more flourishing building, hotels, restaurants and other infrastructures.
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