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Tajikistan Popular Places to Visit

Khorog

Khorog is a small town and has restaurants, markets, and hotels. Head over to the famous Botanical Garden or Central Park where you can make friends with the locals.

To explore the history of the area, go to the Regional Museum. If you are visiting the city in winter, do not miss soaking yourself in the warm pool at Garm Chashma.

Other interesting places to see here include the Khorog City Park and Khorog Museum. The city park is an excellent place to relax and enjoy the evening breeze. It has a restaurant and an open theatre.

Khorog, Tajikistan

Murghab

Snuggled in the foothills of mountains, Murghab is an underdeveloped town that is known for its splendid mountain range. A glacier adjacent to the town gives it an imposing backdrop. If you have a love for mountains, then Murghab is a must-visit.

There is also a bazaar in Murghab where you can buy inexpensive Chinese goods, handicrafts, and food. If you have an interest in archaeology and history, head over to the ancient tomb at Kana-Kurgan.

Get out of town and go hiking or drive off-road near the foothills of the mountains. Yak trekking and Marco Polo sheep viewing are other interesting activities here.

Murghab, Tajikistan

The Pamir Mountains

Treat yourself to a taste of extreme adventure in the Pamir Mountains, which is often referred to as the roof of the world. The glaciers, lakes, alpine deserts, rivers, valleys, and green and rugged mountains hold a treasure trove enough to fulfil your wanderlust.

This adventure is for the tough ones, as the environment is rough with little facilities, and the climate can get harsh. During your adventure spree, you will get to see many high mountains, including Ismoil Somoni Peak and Korzhenevskaya Peak.

Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Karakul Lake

Vivid skies, sparkling water, cool breeze, and sounds of geese! Welcome to Karakul. Located in Tajik Pamir National Park (also a UNESCO World Heritage Site), the Karakul Lake is the main attraction of the Karakul village. Walk around, and you’ll appreciate the unique vibe and desolation of the lake and the village.

The sparkling blue water of the lake is mesmerizing, and so are the reflections of the lovely landscapes and snow-covered peaks in the waters. Be fascinated by looking at the Peaks of Lenin and Avicenna that stand tall with all their glory among the deep blue skies.

Spend a night in Karakul to get extraordinary views of Milky Way and watch unique bird species in and around the lake in the morning. Hiking around this area will treat you with amazing views of the lake, the village, and the mountains. On top of that, you will get to see some beautiful birds while hiking.

Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Dushanbe

Dushanbe is the capital of Tajikistan. The tidy avenues lined with beautiful pastel frontages belie the violent civil war that ruined the city streets in the 90s. Stroll down the side streets, and you’ll know how Dushanbe is transforming.

If you are in the mood to escape from the buzzing city and for some calmer moments then head over to Hissar Fortress – a palace of the ancient Bukhara Emirate. It is situated on the outskirts of Dushanbe. Enjoy the calm and peaceful atmosphere while exploring the fortress.

A visit to the Memorial to Tajik writers (Wall of Great Tajik Writers) will acquaint you with the history of Tajik literature. It features the statues of famous novelists, poets, playwrights, and other writers of Tajikistan.

Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Wakhan Valley

The Wakhan Valley, a geographical region that sits mostly in northern Afghanistan, but stretches over into southern Tajikistan was once a hotspot between colonial rulers Britain and Tsarist Russia but today the Wakhan is a peaceful valley. The Wakhan is where the east meets west in the Central Asia region, and because of that is historically important going back thousands of years where you can visit the ruins of the Yamchun fortress built in the 12th century and take a dip in the hot springs of Bibi Khanum where the water is believed by locals to be special and is thought to improve female fertility. 

At Wakhan Valley, you find several fortresses located on the top of very high hills, offering the most epic and impressive views ever. With all this historical context, its incredible landscape, and awesome people, the Wakhan Valley is the ultimate adventure and a place you can’t miss in your journey through Tajikistan.

Wakhan Valley, Tajikistan

Pamir Highway

Pamir Highway is a unique sight of Tajikistan stretching for more than 1300km and connecting the capital of Dushanbe and the city of Osh in the south of Kyrgyzstan. Pamir is a mountain range with peaks over 7000 meters that takes up most part of Tajikistan where its name is translated as “Roof of the world”.

The high desert of the Pamir invites expletives and superlatives which also has been in use for millennia as a part of the ancient Silk Road.  Pamir Highway gives a unique experience to travelers from all around the world where they can learn the culture of Pamir people, the history of the region, and enjoy breathtaking landscapes of severe mountains.

Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Jisev Valley

Jisev Valley is one of Tajikistan’s best short hikes that will take you to a lovely mountain village set along a chain of seasonally overflowing lakes. Being popular for hiking with high rugged mountains in a deep valley, small forests and beautiful lakes, Jisev is a community of a few houses clustered in three sections of 2-3 houses each where it is only possible to reach the village by walking. Here crossing the river, you will leave not only motorized traffic but also any phone or internet connection.  

You will walk for around two hours to get to the first village, going up and down a narrow path that follows the slope of the hills. So do miss the add Jisev Valley in your Tajikistan bucket list where you can sleep in authentic Pamiri houses and enjoy nature on the way.

Jisev Valley, Tajikistan

Yashilkul

Lying in the upper Gunt valley of the Pamir Mountains, Yashilkul is a freshwater lake in Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Province, in southeast Tajikistan, about 130 kilometres east of the provincial capital of Khorugh. Being 50 metres deep at its deepest point, Yashikul lake is 19 km long and from 1 to 4 km across. The snowcapped peaks reflected in the glass-like surface of the lake make for breathtaking natural scenery.

A whole spectrum of colors visible here awakens the senses, from the pearl-white mountain-tops to the pure-blue surface of the lake. Gradually, the lake has become quite large because of the active glacier melting.  From Yashilkul comes the great Gunt River. Literally ‘Yashilkul’ can be translated from Tadshikisch as ‘the green lake’, which completely reflects the main characteristics of the water basin. 

The water in the lake is emerald green. So when you are in Tajikistan then do not miss to visit this stunning lake.

Gunt Valley, Tajikistan

Iskanderkul

Iskanderkul is a mountain lake of glacial origin in Tajikistan’s Sughd Province which lies at an altitude of 2,195 metres on the northern slopes of the Gissar Range in the Fann Mountains. Widely regarded as one of the most beautiful mountain lakes in all of the former Soviet Union, it is a popular tourist attraction, the most visited spot in the Fann Mountains by far. 

The scenery around the lake is so rugged and picturesque that it defies description. Huge towers and ridges of rock rise to 4,000 meters, nearly two thousand meters above their reflections on the serene surface of the lake; most of the year the forbidding summits seem even more surreal sporting a fresh coating of snow, though the glaciers have retreated out of sight. 

It is impossible to imagine a trip to Tajikistan without paying a visit to Iskanderkul Lake.

Sughd Province, Tajikistan