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WHAT IS TAJIKISTAN

Tajikistan is a mountainous country nestling in the heart of Central Asia. Fringed by the two great rivers the Oxus and the Jaxartes, Tajikistan can boast not only of breathtaking mountain scenery, but also more than 3000 years of history from early Persian Achamenids and later Alexander the Great and his armies. For many centuries, the lands that are today Tajikistan lay on the Silk Road.   Ancient ruins, such as those at Panjakent and Forts in Wakhan, are testament to the country’s rich past. Tajikistan is able to offer visitors not only it's legacies of historical, cultural and ethnic diversity, but also great opportunities for adventure

WHY TRAVEL TO TAJIKISTAN

Many people know more about the surface of the moon than Tajikistan. Tajikistan - a hidden gem in Central Asia between Afghanistan and China, an ancient cradle of Persian culture is anything but a haven for for walkers, trekkers, mountaineers, mountain bikers, cyclists, white water enthusiasts, photographers and people who just like to be in wild and beautiful places. Home for Sogdians - famous traders of the Silk Road it is the Land where Alexander the Great battled the Scythians and the land which played host to the theater of Anglo - Russian rivalries called "Great Game" this country is an adventure traveler's paradise.

WHERE TO GO

With 93% of the land being mountainous you can find attraction wherever you go. The most popular destinations are Fann mountains and Pamirs. Fann mountains with its alpine mountains and lakes is a perfect place to go for trekking, hiking and jeep touring. The Pamirs is diverse west being more rugged with mountain pinnacles, steep-sided valleys and hardly any flat terrain and East being high altitudes deserts with softened peaks and bare expanses. Driving the Pamir Highway, trekking through passes over 5000 m and interacting with the most hospitable people in the world, are just few things you can do in Pamirs.

TAJIKISTAN'S TOP EXPERIENCES

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DRIVE THE PAMIR HIGHWAY

The Pamir Highway road trip is like no other, a journey which travels right across the roof of the world on one of the highest roads in the world, through some of the highest mountains on the planet, over the fascinating Pamir with astonishingly different cultures and scenery. This is an overland odyssey that you won’t find anywhere else.

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EXPLORE WAKHAN VALLEY

The Wakhan offers up a seemingly endless parade of scenic superlatives. Vivid green villages counterpoint towering valley walls, which open regularly for glimpses of the dazzling white Hindu Kush ('killer of hindus') mountains marking the Afghanistan–Pakistan border. A sprinkling of castle ruins and ibex-horn shrine-walls, even a Buddhist mini ziggurat-stupa

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HIKE THROUGH FANN MOUNTAIN LAKES

Fann mountains is a fabulous alpine area and one of the best kept secrets in Central Asia. Trekking routes go from one mountain lake to another over some passes, always with great view on snow-capped mountains and going through different vegetation zones, making it a trekkers paradise with the potential to keep hikers occupied for weeks or longer.

TAJIKISTAN'S POPULAR SIGHTS

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KOKHI NAVRUZ

DUSHANBE

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HISOR FORTRESS

HISOR TOWN

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KARAKUL LAKE

 PAMIR

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DISCOVER ISKANDERKUL LAKE

Iskanderkul lake is a big lake with incredible milky blue waters, a little bit too cold though. Glacial in origin, Lake Alexander (Iskanderkul) offers panoramic vistas from an altitude of 2,195 m (7,201 ft). The turquoise waters contrast wonderfully against its alpine surroundings In the area close to the lake there is also a 38mt-high waterfall called Fann Niagara and a small dark water lake called Snake Lake.

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GO HIKING TO JIZEW VALLEY

One of the best short-hike destinations in the region, the Jizew Valley offers idyllic scenes around a series of seasonally over-flowing, treelined river lakes. The prettiest lakes are bracketed by two halves of the tiny traditional hamlet of Jizew which has a wonderful, timeless feel. An added thrill of the visit to Jizew, is that there's no car road and the village is accessed by foot.

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DISCOVER YAGNOB VALLEY

Yagnob valley is one of the most attractive and interesting valleys in Tajikistan. The valley is ideal trekking country with good paths and mountains on either side. Yagnob is home for direct descendants of Sogdian people and still speak the old language. The upper villages of the valley are inaccessible by transport, and people living there are tremendously hospitable.

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7 LAKES  

PENJIKENT

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KARON SITE

KALAI KHUMB

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YAMCHUN FORTRESS

WAKHAN

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ISMAILI CENTER 

DUSHANBE

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

AT A GLANCE

Electricity: 220V/50HZ

Best time to go: Spring to Autumn

Time Zone: GMT +5

Currency: Somoni (1 USD = 8,9 somoni's)

 

KEY FACTS​

Official title: Republic of Tajikistan

Population: 8,669,464

Area: 143,100 sq kms 

Languages: Tajik official, Russian widely used, Uzbek and other languages

Religions: Islam 90%, other 10%

Country phone code: 992

Capital: Dushanbe

GETTING IN

BY AIR

Tajik Air and Somon Air are the main national carriers. The latter has a direct Dushanbe–Frankfurt flights. More popular routes into Tajikistan are on Turkish (www.thy.com) via Istanbul, FlyDubai via Dubai. There are flights to various Russian cities from Dushanbe, Khojand and Kulob.

Regional connections include four weekly flights from Dushanbe to both Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan) and Almaty (Kazakhstan) and one two flight from Tashkent (Uzbekistan).

BY LAND

From Kyrgyzstan

Kyzylart Border - see map

Batken – Isfara - see map

From Uzbekistan

Oybek border - see map

Sari Osiyo border - see map