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Vacations and Sightseeing

Basic information
Official languageTajik
Area143.100 kmĀ²
Population9,912,437  (2021)
Currencysomoni  (TJS)

Vacations and Sightseeing

The mountains of Pamir are Tajikistan's main tourist attraction. They are called "the roof of the world". The mountains offer opportunities for climbing, trekking, skiing and visiting local nomads and villages. A number of tour operators also offer adventure tours along the ancient Silk Road, which crosses Tajikistan. The road winds through picturesque valleys and across rivers. Along the route are a number of beautiful towns, including Pendzhikent and Khujand, where you can shop and buy fresh fruit from local farmers. Tajikistan also has a number of lakes, including Lake Iskanderkul, which is known as "the emerald framed by grey mountain peaks" because of its beautiful waterfalls and snow-capped mountains. The Kulikalon Lakes near Artuch serve as a base camp for climbers of the Fann Mountains.

Dushanbe the capital of Tajikistan, is a mix of old Soviet architecture and neoclassical buildings and has a very unusual look. There is not much to see in the city, but you can visit Fort Hissar close to the city, which is set up as a museum of Tajik culture and history. The original 13th-century fort was destroyed by Soviet troops, but has been rebuilt to its original glory. Dushanbe also has a theatre where ballet performances can be seen.

Shahristan in the north-west of the country is a UNESCO World Heritage site. This ancient city had its heyday between the sixth and ninth centuries, when it was the capital of Ustrushana. Many of the original structures, castles and towers lie in ruins, but they are still impressive enough to warrant a visit. Some of the palace columns are still standing and you can catch a glimpse of some of the original paintings that adorn the walls.



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