Explore The Wonders of Tajikistan With These Top 10 Destinations That You Can Choose From!
Legitimately known as Republic of Tajikistan, it is a mountainous landlocked sovereign country in Central Asia surrounded by Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, China and some parts of Pakistan. It may not be known to many but Tajikistan is an astonishing playground to climbers, trekkers and adventure seekers.
Here’s a list of the most visited tourist destinations in Tajikistan:
The large part of this mountainous area is located in Gorno-Badakhshan in Tajikistan. Pamir Mountains, commonly known as “roof of the world,” is the highland region in Central Asia and is not mainly situated in Tajikistan as bordering countries like Afghanistan, China and Kyrgyzstan also have Pamirs. Climate on this mountain range is mostly winter with a little cool summer.
Dushanbe, which means Monday, is the capital and largest city of Tajikistan. This Tajikistan city called Dushanbe is named after their infamous village market held during Mondays. This destination is filled with museums, historical structures and bears the second largest flagpole in the world.
Penjikent, once the old center of the Sogdian Empire, is well-known for its ancient sites while pre-Islamic structures and scenery are amongst the most visited spots in this part of Tajikistan.
This destination is located in Soghd region in Tajikistan, in between Zeravshan and Hissar Pamirs. With a mix of green views and blue lakes, Fann Mountains, or commonly known as The Fanns, is oftentimes called as the Gem of Pamirs.
Tajikistan National Museum
Tajikistan National Museum is situated in the capital city of Tajikistan. This museum has recently re-opened in 2013 and had gone through different renovations over the years. This national museum is where allegedly one of the largest reclining Buddha sculpture, not only in Tajikistan but also the world, is kept. Tajikistan National Museum showcases Tajikistan’s rich historical background.
Istaravshan was known as Ura-Tyube in ancient times and one of the oldest cities in Tajikistan. This destination is situated in the northern foothills of the Turkistan range. Kok Gumbaz and Khazrat-i-Shokh Mausoleum are the main attraction in this destination. Istaravshan was once the ancient center of trade and crafts in Central Asia, and is now famous for wine making and fruit processing, but some traders were able to keep some of the crafts industry.
Iskanderkul Lake is a mountain lake on the northern slopes of Gissar range in Tajikistan. It is said to be one of the most astonishing mountain lakes in the Soviet Union. This destination was named after Alexander the Great – Iskander in Persian is Alexander and Kul means lake in Tajik. With its bewitching beauty, Iskanderkul lake is also considered as one of the most breathtaking and eye-catching views in Tajikistan. It is surrounded by the picture perfect scene of the Fann Mountains.
Informally known as M41, but commonly called as Pamir highway, is located in the south eastern part of Tajikistan close to the Afghan border. This is not exactly the main destination; however, passing this infamous highway lets you see the 7000m snow-capped Pamir Mountains and the rare Marco Polo sheep. Pamir highway was built by Russians as their way of transporting supplies during the war.
Palace Of Unity
Palace of Unity, also called as the Vahdat Palace, is located in the northern part of Dushanbe, Tajikistan. This destination is also used for International conferences and house of the ruling People’s Democratic Party.
Ismail Somoni Monument
Ismail Somoni Monument is well recognized as Isma’il ibn Ahmad as this monument is situated in Dushnabe, Tajikistan. This destination caters the monument of the founder of Samanid dynasty, Isma’il ibn Ahmad. The Somoni currency in Tajikistan is named after Ismail Somoni.