20 Reasons to Visit Tajikistan

Tajikistan is a Central Asian country bordering Afghanistan, China, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. It’s known for its rugged mountains, which are popular for hiking and climbing. Here are 20 reasons to visit Tajikistan.

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    The People

    The heart and soul of this country consists of its people and their hospitality.

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    Living in Dushanbe (which is the most expensive place to live in Tajikistan) is 2-3 times cheaper than in other capital cities around the world.

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    90 % of Tajikistan is mountainous. Half of the territory is over 9843 ft high in altitude. In the West there are lowlands divided in two by Fan chains. Several mountain torrents supply the two main rivers in Tajikistan, the Sir Daria river, flowing through the northeast of the country, and Amu Daria, on the southern border.

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    Flora and Fauna

    Vegetation in Tajikistan, a very mountainous country, mostly grows on the steppes and in the high mountain pastures, where rare flowers like the Edelweiss and the mugwort can even be found growing.

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    High Mountain Hideaways

    Source: gomadnomad.com

    The Fan Mountains offer a ton of valleys to explore or peaks to climb, and the Pamirs boast a number of 7000m+ peaks. Whether your joy is hiking, skiing, rock climbing, or peak bagging; Tajikistan offers it all.

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    Soviet-era Summer Camp

    Source: gomadnomad.com

    If those mountains seem a little too high to climb, enjoy the view instead from the old Soviet sanitarium of Iskander-Kol. Only a half day’s drive from the capital, Dushanbe, Iskander-Kol is a beautiful lake surrounded by towering mountains.

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    Prehistoric Petroglyphs

    Source: pinimg.com

    Throughout the Pamirs, but most accessibly in the Wakhan, thousands-of-year-old petroglyphs are carved into the rocks of these towering hills.

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    Unique Culture

    The culture in Tajikistan shares more similarities with the Persians than they do with the Turks. That said, the country is extremely diverse and there is no summing up its culture, making Tajikistan a unique destination altogether.

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    Holy Hot Springs

    Source: pinimg.com

    Near those Wakhani carvings are also quite a few natural hotsprings.

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    Bargain at the Afghan Bazaars

    Source: gomadnomad.com

    At three settlements in the Pamirs (Ruzvay, Khorog, and Ishkashim) a weekly market sets up between the border of Tajikistan and Afghanistan, its southern neighbor.

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    Tajik cuisine

    Source: wikimedia.org
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    Tajikistan Airlines

    Source: wikimedia.org

    State Unitary Aviation Enterprise "Tajik Air" is the national airline of Tajikistan. It has its head office at Dushanbe International Airport in Dushanbe.

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    Iskanderkul is a mountain lake of glacial origin in Tajikistan's Sughd Province. It lies at an altitude of 2,195 metres on the northern slopes of the Gissar Range in the Fann Mountains.

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    Sarez Lake

    Sarez Lake is a lake in Rushon District of Gorno-Badakhshan province. Length about 75.8 km, depth few hundred meters, water surface elevation about 3,263 m over sea level and volume of water is more than 16 km³.

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    Ayni Opera and Ballet Theatre

    Source: www.mergili.at
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    Khoja Mashkhad Mausoleum

    The Mausoleum of Khoja Mashkhad is located 6 km south of Shaartuz in the Khatlon province.

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    Mausoleum of Amir Khamza Khasti Podshoh

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    Nurek Dam

    The Nurek Dam is an earth-fill embankment dam on the Vakhsh River.

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    Dushanbe Zoo

    Source: telegraph.co.uk

    The zoo is located in the center of the city on the Luchob river bank, next to the Pamir Stadium, and measures roughly twice the size of the stadium.

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    Fann Mountains

    Source: summitpost.org

    Fann Mountains are part of the western Pamir-Alay mountain system and are primarily located in Tajikistan's Sughd Province between the Zarafshan Range to the north and the Gissar Range to the south.

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