Bahir Dar having a geographical importance and scenic environs on the southern shore of Lake Tana has got the rank of being the capital of the Amhara people national regional state. It is one of the most attractive towns in Ethiopia.
Bahir Dar is a base from which one can explore the main sites of the surrounding areas.
Lake Tana, Island Monasteries of Lake Tana and the Blue Nile Falls are some of the sites to be mentioned.
Bahir Dar lying at an altitude of about 1800 m. is also a convenient jump off for Ethiopian famous ‘Historic route’ passing through Gondar, Lalibela and Axum.