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Top 5 Places to Visit in Tajikistan

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Top 5 Places to Visit in Tajikistan

Ever since Soviet times, Tajikistan has been one of the most neglected countries on the map and it seems to be that way even today. But there’s no reason why it should remain this way! Tajikistan has just as much to offer as any other country, especially when considering its pristine and unforgettable mountain views, historical treasures, and cultural uniqueness. Therefore, I think it would be quite appropriate to outline five of the top sites and things to do while visiting Tajikistan.

Pamir Mountains
While always having been a magnet for hard-core trekkers, it is possible for casual hikers to enjoy the magnificent beauty of the Pamirs, too. If you aren’t interested to tighten the laces on your hiking boots through the western arm of the Himalaya Mountain Range, you can capture the adventure by traveling on the world famous Pamir Highway (M41) that takes you from Dushanbe and eastward into the Pamir Mountains and onwards to the northeast where Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan meet. Five Stans Adventure offers tour packages that can accommodate any hiker who’s in reasonable shape to enjoy the scenery, or for those who wish to venture on their own choice of transportation.


While it is the capital of Tajikistan and its largest city, Dushanbe still has the feel of a large village. People on the street are kind and curious. There are many things to do in the city, and much depends on your interests. In my experience of living in the city, my top choice for my guests was the Ayni Opera and Ballet Theater. A wonderful example of Soviet architecture, you can even find the time to catch a performance!


 Gissar Fort
The city of Gissar is only a short 15 km drive from Dushanbe, so take advantage of the moment to visit this ancient wonder. It was once an independent khanate, and it was the winter residence of the governor of Eastern Bukhara. The fort has been dated to Cyrus the Great – about 2,500 years ago. Near the fort there are two huge plane trees that are approximately 500-700 years old.


Iskandarkul Lakes
Surrounded by the Fann Mountains, this glacially-formed lake comes as one of the most preferred destinations by the locals. The lake’s name comes from Alexander the Great, who passed through this area during his conquests. To gain a full appreciation of the beauty this lake possesses, it is best to set up camp and enjoy Mother Nature at its most pristine.


Located in eastern Tajikistan, Khorog is known for its beautiful poplar trees that dominate the flora of the city. It is 7,200 feet above sea level and lies on the border with Afghanistan. If anything, it’s the trip to Khorog that will give you lasting memories, whether it’s by jeep or airplane.


Posted by Greg Stephenson at 9:25 AM