Located in Central Asia, Tajikistan is a highly mountainous and landlocked nation with cultural and natural treasures waiting to be explored. The terrain here is dominated by mountainous ranges that cover more than 90% of the country, whilst there are valleys in the north and southwest. If mountain climbing is a dream adventure for you, then traveling to Tajikistan is your best option as they offer wilderness adventures.
Linked to a local legend, Seven Lakes were supposedly formed by the tears of seven sisters. Hike up the surrounding hills to see seven bodies of water. We met hospitable locals along the way and we even set with them for a meal.
Located within a national park, Lake Karakul appeals to nature lovers and bird-watchers. One of the world’s highest lakes, this big body of water feeds many different ecosystems, including marshes, wet meadows, sandy plains, and peat bogs. The surrounding area serves as an important breeding ground for migrant birds, while the lake itself only contains one species of fish–the stone loach.
In the north of the capital, you’ll find the famous Varzob Gorge. Here there are high mountains, beautiful waterfalls, unique flora and fauna. Take a rest at one of the cozy wooden huts or dine at one of the small restaurants–many of which offer a cool dip in their swimming pools.
Gurminj Museum of Music Instruments houses mostly string instruments and drums. Roam through the museum to discover various local instruments that include doira (tambourine), tabl daf (drum), rubab (mandolin), ghizhak (fiddle), and setor (sitar). The museum often hosts concerts, so ask about their upcoming events if you want to learn more about Tajik cultural heritage and attend an entertaining music lesson.
The National Museum of Tajikistan
The National Museum of Tajikistan is a spacious series of exhibition halls dedicated to the country’s rich history and cultural heritage. Recently remodeled, the museum is housed in a grandiose building situated in a large park, and showcases a variety of art, relics, and documents spread across its 22 galleries. Take a guided tour to learn more about the displays, see a massive replica of a reclining Buddha statue, and visit the gift shop for some affordable souvenirs.
Iskanderkul Lake offers panoramic vistas from an altitude of 2,195 meters. The turquoise waters contrast wonderfully against its alpine surroundings and provide the perfect photo opportunity. Due to the water’s high mineral content, the lake has barely any aquatic life, but the surrounding forest, a designated nature reserve, is home to an abundance of plant and animal life.
Delfin Aquapark is one of the favored holiday spots in Tajikistan. The park boasts a half-Olympic pool, kids pool with slides, and multiple slides for adults. A VIP section features a steam bath, a sauna, and a pool bar where you can chill while sipping a cocktail. If you get hungry, you can choose between grilled food and fresh salads. Amenities include a store selling swimwear and swimming equipment.
The Historical Local Lore Museum
The Historical Local Lore Museum of Archeology and Fortification is guarding relics from different historical periods right at the center of the city. See both local and national artifacts as you walk the exhibits and experience centuries of history. Help keep the museum going by picking up a unique souvenir at the onsite shop.
Emir of Bukhar is a well-preserved 16th-century fort perched on a hilltop amid mountains. With an impressive pointed entrance arch flanked by two round, bunker-like towers, the fort surveys a strategic area. Climb its walls and explore its niches for cañons and guns, and enjoy the panoramic views of the nearby town and market. Explore numerous pavilions made of baked brick. Shrouded in myth and linked with many legends, the area is said to have been occupied by Cyrus the Great and Caliph Ali. Some 4.5 km (3 mi) from Hisor and 27 km (17 mi) west of Dushanbe, the area offers good opportunities for hiking.
Khorog City Park
Khorog City Park is in the center of the city featuring various recreational facilities, the park provides an escape from the urban noise and crowds, offering a breath of fresh air and quick access to lush nature. If you get hungry, pick up a snack at the park’s restaurant. Make Khorog City Park a centerpiece of your Khorog vacation itinerary and see that it is worth visiting.
Just So You Know:
- Tajikistan has numerous glaciers, the largest of which, Fedchenko Glacier, covers more than 700 square kilometers (270 sq mi) and is the largest glacier in the world outside the polar regions.
- The Silk Road, an ancient network of trade routes passes through Tajikistan.
- Visit Sarazm, it’s an ancient town dates back to the 4th millennium BCE and is today a UNESCO World Heritage site.
- Dushanbe is the capital and largest city of Tajikistan. Dushanbe means Monday in the Tajik language. It was so named because it grew from a village that originally had a popular market on Mondays.
- A former member of the Soviet Union, Tajikistan gained independence in 1991.
Get Some Culture:
- Pick up souvenirs or unique pieces of artwork at the Noor Art Gallery.