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Tajikistan

Tajikistan
Tajikistan

Did you know that the Pamir Mountains are known as: the Roof of the World? Pamir is the world's third highest mountain range and the Pamir Highway has been rated as one of Asia's greatest road trips. Tajikistan was a part of empires founded by Alexander the Great, the Persians, the Mongols, Tamerlane, and the Turko-Mongol conquerors. The Republic of Tajikistan is landlocked in Central Asia in the midst of mountains, and is the smallest country in Central Asia. Historians suggest that Tajik roots go back 3000 years, and the Tajiks contributed to the Persian and Turkish empires. Tajikistan gained its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. The people of Tajikistan speak Persian.





Tajikistan is a patchwork of clans with roots going back to ancient Bactria and Sogdiana. Dushanbe is the capital of Tajikistan. Tajikistan has an area of over 143,100 sq km, and a population of approximately 7.3 million. Tajik somani is the local currency. Temperatures range from -45C in the mountains in winter to over 40C in the summer. Tajikistan has a diverse array of trees and plants, with more than 5000 species of plants. The valleys, forests and mountain slopes of Tajikistan offer refuge to a variety of wildlife. The Ibex, for example, has its home in the Tajik mountains. The people of Tajikistan are good in handicrafts, which they learned from their ancestors who serviced caravans on the great Silk Road. Tajik poems and songs are part of the Middle East and South Asia classic literature. Tajikistan is safe for visitors, and offers spectacular scenery. The best times to visit Tajikistan are from March to April and from September to October.





Visiting Tajikistan

It is easy to obtain a 30 day tourist visa without an invitation. Tajikistan isn't easily accessible by land, but there are limited opportunities to enter Tajikistan by land from Afghanistan, China and Uzbekistan. The most popular route is to fly from Istanbul to Dushanbe. There are several internal checkpoints, particularly in Gorno-Badakshan and the smaller towns. So, make sure that you have all the documents available. Some places such as Sarez Lake and Zor-Kul require permits from ministries. The top travel destinations in Tajikistan are Pamir Highway, Wakhan Valley, Fan Mountains, Iskander-Kul, Istaravshan and Yurt stays. Tajikistan is an adventure travelers delight. Wakhan Valley is remote and beautiful with forts, Buddhist ruins and breathtaking views of the Hindu Kush. The Pamir Highway has high altitude lakes and community-based home stays. Enjoy breakfast of fresh yoghurt and cream on a family stay on the Pamir plateau during your Yurt stays. M34 is the drive between Khojland, Penjikent and Dushanbe that includes high passes and towering mountain scenery. Fan Mountains offer trekking destinations, lakes and sights of Tajik shepherds. At the eastern end of the Fan Mountains lies the beautiful lake of Iskander-Kul , and destinations for hiking. Istaravshan has streets with historic tombs and mosques and marketplaces.










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