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Tajikistan Popular Places to Visit

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

Green Bazaar

Hulbuk

Dushanbe National Museum

Park Of National Flag

Rudaki Park