Things to see in Tajikistan

Pamir highway

Pamir Highway or "Pamirsky Trakt" in Russian is a section of M41 road going from Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan) to Termez (Uzbekistan) crossing Tajikistan thru the Pamir mountains. Some sources claim it finishes at Afghan Mazar-i-Sharif though there is no information whether Termez - Mazar-i-Sharif road is a part of M41.

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Pamir Botanical garden

Pamir Botanical Garden bounded by Lombardy poplars based 4 km away from Khorog on the high terrace between Gunt and Shahdara rivers. Planted on the altitude of 2320 meteres above sea level its only conceded in altitude to Darjiling garden on the south slopes of Himalaya where the climate is warmer and much more humid.

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Karakul lake

Karakul lake spread its waters in Markansu valley – one of the most driest place in Central Asia. Surrounded by high mountains which block humid air masses the valley has less than 30 mm of precipitation a year which is 3 times less than in Karakoram desert.

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Sarez lake

On 6(18) February of 1911 at 23:15 an earthquake of 7.5 points according to Richter scale caused a land slide of 2,2 km3 dammed Murghab river valley and buried Usoi village with all inhabitants. The created blockage is 567 metres tall and 4 km wide at its foundation.

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Wakhan valley

Wakhan valley is one of the wildest landscapes on our planet. It is mostly known for Wakhan Corridor – a result of the Great Game played over the Pamir mountains between Tsarist Russia and Queen’s England.

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Fann mountains

Fann mountains – is a unique mountain area known in ancient times as Kuhistan. Kuhistan is farsi for “Mountain Country” based in Central Asia mostly on the territory of modern Tajikistan, in conjunction of two great ranges of Pamirs: Zeravshan and Hissar.

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Marguzor lakes

Marquzor lakes also know as seven beauties of Shing located in Hissar range of Fann Mountains.  The old legend says that a long time ago an old man got lost in the valley and his seven daughters came to look for him.

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Pamirs

Pamir mountains are one of the most highest and beautiful ranges in the world. In terms of location Pamir occupies Tajikistan, China and little parts of Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan on square of 92,000 sq km and lies between Hindu Kush, Tien Shan and Himalayas.

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Afghan Bazaars

Every Saturday from early morning to noon tax and visa free markets open up in the following places: Ruzvay village, Khorog and Ishkashim. The bazaars are settled near the bridges over Pyanj and border crossings where both Tajik and Afghan people allowed to come without visa to purchase goods or sale wares.

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Garm Chashma hot springs

Based 42 km south east of Khorog at 2325 metres above sea level, Garm Chashma is a hot spring known since time immemorial.

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Yamchun Fort

Also known as Zamr-i-Atash-Parast or Kafir–Qala, Yamchun fortress is probably the most impressive monument in Wakhan built on the top of the cliff overlooking the valley.  It is thought to have been a greatest defense fortification in the ancient wakhan.

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Khaahka Fortress

Kaahka fortress located just outside of Namadguti village is a 6-7 century AD monument left from Kushan era.  It is the second fortification builtin the area to secure western Pamirs  after Yamchun fort.

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Bibi Fatima Mineral Hot Springs

Ostoni Bibi Fotimai Zakhro is Tajik for 'Holy Site of the Sleeves of Bibi Fatima.'  The hot springs lies deep in the Wakhan Valley of Tajikistan’s Pamir Mountains, just a stone’s throw away from Yamchun village.

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Nurek Dam

Nurek Dam built in 1980 is located on the Vakhsh River 75 km east of Tajikistan’s capital Dushanbe. It is currently the tallest dam in the world with highest point located 310 m above its basement. The mound volume is 54 mln m3.

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Hissar fortress

30 km away from Dushanbe and only 4 km from Hissar village there is one of the main Tajikistan monuments - Hissar historical reserve.

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Iskanderkul lake

Iskanderkul lake is located between spurs of Hissar range. It is 2.5 km long and 1 km across, being 72 m deep at its deepest, it sits at an altitude of 2,255m above sea level. Turquoise, calm and surrounded by great ranges of Fann mountains its known far beyond Tajikistan borders.

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Vrang Buddist Stupa

Just a stone’s throw away from Yamchun fortress in Vrang village was discovered a huge site of public worship now identified as Buddhist monastery. Nearby are the remnants of stupa built in accordance with local traditions and dated to VI-VII cc.

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Yashilkul lake

Yashikul is a fresh water  lake located in Gorno Badakhshan at 3700 metres above sea level. Being 50 metres deep at its deepest Yashikul lake is 19 km long and from 1 to 4 km across. The water temperature on surface never goes over +14 Centigrade.

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Bulunlul lake

Bulunkul is another alpine lake of Tajik Badakhshan. Bulunkul lake is connected with Yashilkul lake by narrow channel. The water is fresh and has rich flora and fauna. A flocks of ducks, geese and sea gulls are always can be seen over the lake.

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Muhammad Bashoro Mausoleum

Muhammad Bashoro born in Basra in 743 was a missionary and Hadis teller. The building was built in 8-9 cc with some additions in 1342-43 and suppose to merge mosque functions with memorial mausoleum. Muhammad Bashoro mausoleum has a fine dome decorated with glazed tiles and some wood carving.

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The Tomb of Rudaki

Abu Abdulloh Rudaki is the founder of classic Tajik poetry, lived in the late 9th - early 10th centuries during the Samanid dynasty. He wrote his famous odes and poems in Dari, the classical Persian language.

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