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T A J I K I S T A N

  • GlobeRovers Rating: 7 / 10
  • Buzz Line: "Rugged and Cool"
  • Eagle Eye: Tajikistan is known for its mountains, valleys and villages. Among the most beautiful is the Wakhan Valley which goes parallel with the Wakhan Corridor of Afghanistan and is only separated by snow covered mountains.  
  • Hot Spots: The Wakhan Valley which is by far best explored with a 4WD and driver rented from the town of Khorog, however, the drivers are SHARKS and extort hundreds of dollars from tourists claiming their fees to be the "standard fee", which it is, but the fact is, their "standard fee" is ridiculously high. Negotiate very hard or walk away.  A much cheaper option is the Pamir highway between Khorog and Murgab. If you go through the Wakhan Valley, don't miss the Bibi Fatima Mineral Hot Springs located in a spring clean cave. Other good sights are Karakul lake, Sarez lake, the Fann mountains and Bulunkul village near Yashil Kul Lake (3,734m).   Capital city, Dushanbe is crappy so avoid if possible!  Only the main street in front of the luxurious presidential palace and government buildings looks good while the rest of the town is very backwards! Getting good value accommodation is impossible. Dushanbe still thinks it is under Russian occupation. 
  • The Low-down: Tajikistan is rugged with transport, accommodation and food being not for the faint-hearted, however, take it on and you will be blessed!
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Lahuti Drama Theatre, Dushanbe, Tajikistan


Writer's Union Building, Dushanbe, Tajikistan


Ayni Opera and Ballet Theatre (Tajik State Academic Theatre), Dushanbe, Tajikistan


Around the Bag-i Rudaki,  Dushanbe, Tajikistan


Palace of Nations, Dushanbe, Tajikistan


Streets of Dushanbe, Tajikistan


Tajik Air flight from Dushanbe to Khorog, Tajikistan


Tajik Air landed from Dushanbe at Khorog airport, Tajikistan


Little meat pies in the oven, Khorog, Tajikistan


Garam Chashma Hot Springs between Khorog and Ishkashim, Tajikistan


21st century farming in the Wakhan Valley, Tajikistan


Museum of Mubarak Kadam Wakhani in Yamg Village, Tajikistan


Museum of Mubarak Kadam Wakhani in Yamg Village, Tajikistan


Typical sheep herding scenes in the Wakhan Valley, Tajikistan


Bulunkul village north of the Wakhan Valley, Tajikistan


Bulunkul village north of the Wakhan Valley, Tajikistan


Bulunkul village north of the Wakhan Valley, Tajikistan


Bulunkul village north of the Wakhan Valley, Tajikistan


Having lunch in the Bulunkul village north of the Wakhan Valley, Tajikistan

Driving from Murgab to the Tajik/Kyrgyz border, Tajikistan


Kara-Kul Lake, near the Tajik/Kyrgyz border, Tajikistan


Near the Tajik/Kyrgyz border, Tajikistan
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The people of Tajikistan










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Yamchun Foretress, Driving from Ishkashim to Murgab along the Wakhan Valley, Tajikistan