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One of the main highlight for travellers along the silk road in Tajikistan (Tadzjikistan) is its stunning natural scenery set against the Pamir and Fan mountains and incorporating lush valleys and turquoise lakes.
Tourists are attracted in Tajikistan by opportunities for alpine mountaineering, rock climbing, walking, fishing, or simply relaxing among dramatic mountains and lakes.
Tajikistan International Airlines"
has weekly flights from Munich, Tehran, Moscow, Karachi and Delhi to Dushanbe. TajikAir flies between Moscow-Khujand a few times a week. There are also irregular charter connections from Dushanbe to Aleppo (Syria) and Abu Dhabi (U.A.E.).
Unique Suggestions: Tajikistan has much to offer to the mountaineer, the hiker and the independent traveller in search of remote locations and unusual cultural experiences. There are opportunities for alpine mountaineering, rock climbing, hiking, horse or camel riding, historical exploration, cultural experiences or simply relaxing among dramatic mountains and lakes.
Fun Alternatives: While staying in Tajikistan you'll find out!It's very easy and simple
For me, the biggest tourist trap without doubt was Great Game Company. They charge for almost everything and are even that impudent to charge 25 USD for the short distance of 3 km from their …. Spot to the airport – just for the pleasure to ride in the car of Mr. butt-cavity Rick.
A normal taxi charges 15 Somoni = 4 USD (mid 2006), and according to Anna, these 4 USD were even too high.
If you want to read the whole story – please see my travellogue
I’ll also place this under warnings, so make sure you remember that you have read this here already if you end up in the warning section.
The bigger hotels in Dushanbe are vastly overpriced compared to the services they provide.
Unique Suggestions: Bite your teeth together and go with it, or look for ways of getting a dicount. It helps to have local discounts and getting local price, and this is an option during slack seasons. If on a paid business trip, find a hotel in your price category that is not under refurbishment and move there if the first choice is unbearable.
Fun Alternatives: There are cheaper categories, but real guest houses are few and far between. Use guide books and locals to find alternatives.
Uncovered manholes! How can they not put the manhole cover back on the sewage system? An indication to me about systemic fauilure and lack of private and public responsibility.
So my basic warning is about awareness that Dushanbe's manhole covers may just not be in place.
Unique Suggestions: Bring a flotation device and a good snorkel.
Fun Alternatives: For eveings a light torch light might be handy to check for traps like these in Dushanbe.