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Welcome to Tajikistan – have you tried these local experiences?

by Victoria

The Republic of Tajikistan is a country in Central Asia. Tajikistan borders Afghanistan to the south, Uzbekistan to the west, Kyrgyzstan to the north, and China to the east.

Tajikistan is located within the continent, and is the smallest country in Central Asia by area. The country has the Pamir Mountains, and more than fifty percent of the area lies above 3,000 meters (about 10,000 ft) above sea level. The main lowlands in the north are part of the Fergana Valley, and to the south the Kafirnigan and Vakhsh valleys form Amu Darya and are where rainfall is higher. Dushanbe is located on the southern slope of the Kafirnigan valley.

Historically, the Tajiks and Persians have very similar ancestry with a common language and are related as part of the larger group of Iranians. Tajik culture can be divided into two regions, Urban and Kuhiston (Plateau). Small towns like Bukhara, Samarkand, Herat, Balkh and Nishopur Khiva are no longer part of the country. The more recent centers are Dushanbe (capital city), Khudjand, Kulob, Panjikent and Istarvshan.

Experiences should be tried once when traveling to Tajikistan

The deserted cafe high above the panoramic view:

Tajikistan’s town of Murghab is dusty, desolate overhead, about 190 kilometers south of the border marker. Located close to where the main roads intersect, the town naturally became a commercial outpost between Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and China. As a result, the Murghab market is filled with shipping containers for trains and ships. And an old container has been converted to make a makeshift cafe.

Because Murghab is located at an altitude of 3,560m, growing crops or raising cattle is very difficult. Most vegetables and grains are difficult to cultivate, and only long-haired cows and donkeys are kept, animals with strong hearts, and can withstand high pressure.

A glimpse of local culture:

On the way from Murghab to the Langar village of Tajikistan, visitors can stop for lunch at a deserted inn. The majority of people living in the eastern regions of the Pamir Mountains are ethnic Turkic Kyrgyz, unlike neighbors to the west of Pamir that use an Iranian dialect.

Breakfast in the Pamir family:

There are no hotels in the tiny villages along the Wakhan Valley. Instead, passersby stay in the Pamir family, which some of them can find with information from nonprofit homestay networks, such as Murghab Ecotours. Association or Pamirs Eco-Cultural Tourism Association.

The traditional Pamir house, known as the huneuni chid, bears symbols of Shia Ismaili Islam, is the religious sect followed by the majority of the Pamir. From the outside, the houses look like a simple block of wood cladding and rough plastered, but the atmosphere inside is very cozy and hospitable.

Experience the language traits of the Tajikistan:

Children often speak in an impressive range of languages, Russian and English in addition to their native Pamir. Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of the Ismaili Muslims, invested heavily in local schools and emphasized the importance of girls and foreign language learning.

Attractive destinations in Tajikistan

Pamir Mountains: 

It is the first destination in this journey to explore the country in Central Asia. Visit the Pamir Highway to admire the majestic Mount Lenin. The whole journey to the top of the mountain has become a favorite tourist destination for adventure travel enthusiasts.

Karakul or Black Lake in Tajikistan: 

It’s known as the “Dead Sea” of Central Asia because of the deposition of a lot of salt.

British cartographers named the lake Victoria, later renamed Karakul (meaning Black Lake). The color of the water changes with the time of day, from turquoise to green to dark cobalt. This is one of the attractive destinations for adventure travelers who are exploring Central Asia.

There is a lot of deposited salt that Karakul Lake water cannot escape, making it the saltiest lake in Asia. The salt content here is so dense that under the water only rocks and only one fish species can survive in shallow sandy lakes. However, the lake’s wetlands and islets still attract some migratory species, such as the Himalayan vultures or the Tibetan sand chicken.

Holidays at Dushanbe:

Tourists coming to this land in Tajikistan will share space with about 550,000 local residents.

– For those who love wildlife and animals, Dushanbe Zoo is undoubtedly the top destination on the list. Dushanbe Zoo also regularly organizes interesting experience activities.

– Victory Park is not only a destination, but also an ideal place to take a break from the daily carbon and regain the spirit of excitement. Come and immerse yourself in this unique natural atmosphere of Dushanbe, you will surely have wonderful moments.

– If you have a chance to stay at the Nurek Dam in Dushanbe, you can once immerse yourself in the fresh air and refresh your soul for a new day.

– The rare collections on display in the themed galleries at the Tajik National Museum will reveal countless mysteries from the past.

– When you take the time to visit the Palace of the Nations, you will definitely have a memorable experience telling fascinating stories about the history of the area.

– Get ready to board a train ride back into the region’s heroic past through the insights found at Fort Hissar.

– Religious structures like Haji Yaqub Mosque in Dushanbe have always been admired for their religious cultural significance as well as great aesthetic value.

Meet Mark and Stefy, two romantic backpackers, lovers of life, adventurous journeys and eager to explore the world! They also just completed their trip to Tajikistan with a very interesting route that you can refer to via the video below: 

“In this great adventure we rent an off-road vehicle and, starting from the border with Uzbekistan, we reach the ancient Khujand, we climb the high mountains Fan towards the true Tajik heart and, along the shores of the beautiful Lake Iskander-kul, we sleep at local family in the cold in the mountains and without electricity, walk along ancient paths always greeted by smiles and friendly looks. Now it is easier to visit this country thanks to the new visa easily obtainable in a few days online” – the couple shared about their trip.

Essential experiences by Mark and Stefy: Spend a night at a local family on the Fan Mountains; admire the turquoise waters on Lake Iskander-Kul; get lost in the colorful bazaars of Panjakent.

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