Reasons why you should travel to Tajikistan right now
Do you know where is Tajikistan? Tajikistan is one of the Central Asian countries that border a number of countries, such as Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, China and Afghanistan. Tajikistan is located on the map in a very favourable place.
The Republic of Tajikistan has a mountain landscape that attracts all those who can not imagine life without mountaineering, as well as hiking.
An interesting fact about this landlocked foothill country is that the state has an official Tajikistan language – Tajik, but it is the only country in the former Soviet Central Asia that is Persian-speaking.
The ancestors of the present-day Tajiks called their state the Country of the Aryans since the name "Aria" is translated from the Iranian language as "noble" and "pure".
1. Climate and Nature of Tajikistan
The climate of Tajikistan is subtropical, which means a small amount of precipitation, while temperature fluctuations are not particularly large.
2. Karakul Lake
The Republic of Tajikistan has a large number of places that are worth visiting, despite the fact that we have very little information about this country, do not underestimate this unique country. Tajikistan tourist attractions are truly attractive and charming.
In order to travel to Tajikistan to bring unforgettable emotions to your life, there are several natural places that are really worth visiting.
Lake Karakul, which is located in the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region, is distinguished by the fact that its waters are so transparent that the bottom can be seen even at a depth of up to nine meters. The lake is lost among the mountains at more than three kilometres high, and it fascinates with its size-it is 380 square kilometres, and the sounds of nature are the only thing that you can hear throughout your vacation. Residents of megacities come here to relax, to enjoy the silence and beauty of the Tajikistan nature; whether to swim in the lake or not, it's up to you because the waters of Karakul are cold and reach only ten degrees of heat all year round.
3. Fann Mountains
The second natural attraction of the Republic of Tajikistan is the Fann Mountains. The easiest and fastest way to get here is through Samarkand, but the whole journey is worth it! The Fann Mountains, located in the west of the country, are part of the Pamir-Alai system and are distinguished by a unique system of stormy rivers, mountains, crystal clear lakes, and their glaciers. Recreation here will appeal to athletes and fans of extreme entertainment, such as rafting and trekking. Popular among tourists and travellers here have a developed transport, as well as tourist infrastructure. Throughout the mountain hub, there are numerous hotels, restaurants, as well as rental points of all kinds of sports equipment. Moreover, we are pleased with good service and reasonable price tags for entertainment and national Tajikistan food.
4. Tajik National Park
The Tajik National Park is another unique place worth visiting for anyone who is in love with Central Asia's nature. The national park is located on a huge territory of more than two and a half million hectares. The national park area has the purest air and untouched nature, which attracts eco-tourists worldwide. Even though the Republic of Tajikistan is a very small state, its natural Tajikistan tourist attractions are diverse and attractive for everyone.
5. Lake Iskanderkul
At an altitude of two kilometres above sea level, Lake Iskanderkul is located among the Fann Mountains. This reservoir is known for the fact that it is associated with many names and one of them says that in the days of Ancient Macedonia, it was here that King Iskander's horse – Alexander the Great, died. When visiting the Fann Mountains, do not forget to look at Lake Iskanderkul, and you will undoubtedly get aesthetic pleasure from the picturesque scenery.
6. Garm Chashma Hot Springs
Garm Chashma hot springs are famous for their hot waters, where you can improve your health. The waters of hot springs have long been famous for their healing properties, and therefore you can always strengthen your condition here.
7. Sarez Lake
Sarez Lake is one of the unique lakes in Tajikistan because this reservoir is more than a hundred years old. Formation started because at the beginning of the twentieth century, there were many earthquakes, and then Sarez Lake appeared. After the Mukzol ridge was destroyed, a gorge with a depth of 202 meters appeared and it was filled with the waters of the Mughrab. The lake has about eighty square meters and is located at an altitude of about 3.2 thousand meters above sea level.
8. Pamir Mountains
Pamir is a whole mountain system on the border with the Himalayas. Numerous glaciers have formed throughout the mountain range, and the peaks of the mountains, covered with snow and ice, do not melt even in the warm season. Experienced climbers mainly visit the Pamir territory to make extreme ascents in severe weather conditions.
9. Sights of the Republic of Tajikistan
Yes, even though Tajikistan is a small country and is considered one of the smallest in Central Asia and throughout the CIS, Tajikistan has few interesting and historical Tajikistan tourist attractions.
The flagpole in the capital of Tajikistan, Dushanbe, is considered one of the tallest flagpoles in the world, and its height is 165 meters. The design and manufacture of this flagpole were carried out by specialists from Dubai and installed on a unique design. There is a flagpole near the Palace of Nations.
The National Museum of Tajikistan is a place where you can learn and study Tajikistan history during different eras. The museum features various historical and geological collections from various expeditions. By the way, the museum's collections are constantly replenished because many mountain systems of Tajikistan, including the Pamirs, have not yet been explored.
Khujand fortress was built around the fifth or sixth century BC during the raids of Genghis Khan's horde and served as a defensive fortress of the city of the same name.
The Hissar fortress is a ruin that is more than 2.5 thousand years old, and at the same time, the ruins of the fortress are in perfect condition.
Ajina-Tepa is the territory of the monastery of followers of the world religion - Buddhism. The monastery was excavated in the early sixties of the last century. The monastery has preserved a majestic statue of the Buddha, which is the largest statue of Buddhists in the whole of Central Asia.
Sarazm is the territory of an ancient settlement discovered during excavations a little more than fifty years ago. A small part of the walls has been preserved here, and during archaeological excavations, many weapons of labour and various household items were found. The site, as well as the entire territory, is protected by the UNESCO World Heritage Organization.
The monument to Ismail Samani is located in the capital of Tajikistan – Dushanbe. It is a monument erected in 1999 in honour of the Emir Abu Ibrahim Ismail abn Ahmed of the Samanid dynasty. This ruler founded one of the most powerful states in Central Asia, with the Tajikistan capital in Dushanbe.
The Pamir Highway is a high-altitude road connecting two cities and two countries: the Kyrgyz city of Osh and the Tajik city of Khorog. The length of the entire road is about 700 kilometres. In truth, this tract is the most picturesque road in the world, striking with its "Martian" plains. The road is laid through bottomless gorges, plateaus and inhospitable mountain expanses.
10. Tajikistan Cuisine
National Tajikistan cuisine is one of the oldest cuisines in the world. The Tajik Republic's culinary art has been formed for many centuries because the region is very rich in historical terms.
Sambusa varaki is a puff pastry with meat, pumpkin or herbs, which are prepared in a tandoor and are really delicious and very satisfying.
The most important thing in this Tajikistan dish is the dough, which is different since each hostess has her cooking secret.
Kurotob in Tajik is light and, at the same time, full, nutritious dish. This dish's main ingredients are fatir puff pastry and fermented milk product, which vaguely resembles ground cottage cheese with milk or kefir.
Mastova is a creamy rice soup, which is also served in Uzbekistan. Mastava is a full dish and includes the choicest lamb and a good pic of "deuzer" of the highest quality.
Tajik shurbo is a rich and well-salted broth with the addition of vegetables and cooked meat. It is a familiar dish for all Central Asian countries, but the recipes have some differences and their secrets depending on the country and family.
Oshi Tupa is an analogue of beshbarmag, a Kazakh and Kyrgyz national dish, and Uzbek lagman. At the heart of the dish Oshi Tupa-homemade dough, which is cut either into squares or wide noodles and as part of the gravy-meat broth with the addition of pre-soaked beans, chickpeas and many other legumes. When ready, the dish is sprinkled with fresh herbs on top, and the consistency itself is usually thick.
Manta rays are also manta rays known to have great dumplings, steamed – in mantovarke. Usually, the filling is meat, as well as pumpkin and fat. The meat filling is traditionally made from a mix of lamb and beef.
The dough in the process of rolling out should become thin and elastic.
Ugro-pilaf is a classic pilaf with the addition of wheat noodles ugro, and if there is no ugro at hand during cooking, then the hostess adds ordinary noodles.
What to see in Tajikistan?
Tajikistan today is an amazing country that combines a unique historical atmosphere, untouched nature and progressive development. The Republic of Tajikistan is famous for its centuries-old Tajikistan history, and at every step, you can plunge into the history of this eastern country. Here the culture and traditions of the whole of Central Asia with Persian roots are mixed.
In Tajikistan, there is the oldest city in Central Asia's entire territory, and this is the city of Khujand. Khujand is a city located on the Great Silk Road, and for its entire history of more than 2500 thousand years, it has always been a city of artisans, a city of warriors and a city of merchants with a history. By the way, the city of Khujand is located right on the Syr Darya Riverbank. The great city fought off the army of Alexander the Great, repulsed Genghis Khan's horde, drove off the Arab invaders, withstood the attacks of tsarist Russia and withstood hundreds of wars. Centuries-old historical monuments are still preserved here.
The streets of Istaravshan are the very streets that every tourist should walk through. The city experienced both decline and rebirth, and it rose during the reign of the Samanid dynasty. Now the proud Istaravshan is a city - Museum.
Why travel to Tajikistan?
It is because the republic is unique for its natural pearls, crystal clear lakes and majestic mountains. Here you will get acquainted with the unique culture and ancient traditions, with the Tajikistan people and the whole country's centuries-old Tajikistan history. Visiting the Republic of Tajikistan will leave you with unforgettable impressions and vivid memories that will warm your soul for many years. And the Tajikistan capital, Dushanbe, will not leave your memory and will win your hearts for many years.
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Nigina was born in New Delhi, India, but originally she is a Kyrgyz, Uzbek girl with Uyghur, Tatar, Chinese, Belarusian and Russian roots. She was raised in Berlin, Germany, where she lives currently. She is a nomad who has been to 40 different countries. Ex-snowboarder/freeride. As a photographer and a journalist, she wants people to be inspired by our Earth. She suggests people explore how incredible our world is!