Dushanbe Travel Guide

  • Palatial parliament building
    Palatial parliament building
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  • Choykana Rokhat at night
    Choykana Rokhat at night
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  • Diversity at the Barakat
    Diversity at the Barakat
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Dushanbe Things to Do

  • The Museum of National Antiquities

    If you are like many travelors to Dushanbe and starved for something to do over the weekend, try the Museum of National Antiquities. It's not the most facinating museum in the world, but it can easily consume an hour or two of time and contains some interesting ancient artifacts.Notably, the Museum of National Antiquities is home to Central Asia's...

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  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs building

    Another Soviet-era monumental building; used to overlook the biggest Lenin statue on this side of the Ural, now it's the poet Somoni.

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  • Presidential Palace

    Located right on Rudaki prospekt, a power place of sorts, the Presidential Palace is an impressive building. Worth a look, even if you cannot get inside.

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  • See the Somoni monument

    The Somoni statue on the main maidan of the Rudaki avenue is the grand national highlight of Tajikistan. Used to be the place of Central Asia's largest Lenin statue, now the Somoni stands taller in shaping Tajikistan. Refreshing to know that poets and writers supercede harsh ideologues in the nation-building....? or?The big joke in town is about...

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  • Museum of National Antiquities

    This is the national museum. Cost about 6TJS to get in. There are quite a few rooms here, but it's not the most interesting museum in the world.Central Asia's biggest Budah wasn't there on the way we went!

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  • The main mosque of Dushanbe

    Since Soviet rule vanished, there has been a considerable lifting of freedom of expression. This has materialized in a building frenzy of Sunni mosques in Dushanbe and elsewhere in the country. The main mosque in Dushanbe is right off Rudaki Prosepect and is a newly built, beautiful mosque. I recommend a visit here, and on the way to the mosque you...

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Dushanbe Restaurants

  • Nightlife, Pub & Restaurant

    The best steaks and food here. Best Czech draft beer and English ale (beer). Nowhere in Tajikistan you can not find place like this. I totally recommend and it is a must visit pub and restaurant in Dushanbe. steaks and soups

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  • Tajikistan restaurants, food and drinks.

    Food & Drink : Traditional Tajik meals start with sweet dishes such as halwa and tea and then progress to soups and meat before finishing with plov. Plov is made up of scraps of mutton, shredded yellow turnip and rice, fried in a large wok, and is a staple dish in all the Central Asian republics. The appetising shashlyk (skewered chunks of mutton...

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  • Excellent Indian meals

    As I was still struggling with my “Bukharian Montezuma”, I don’t remember much about the food I had, except the lovely Delhi Darbar Indian restaurant. This was a suggestion of Anna of VT and it was an excellent choice – ah yummm. It is listed in Lonely Planet as well (which shows to me that it is indeed good, otherwise it would have vanished; LP...

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Dushanbe Nightlife

  • Port Said

    I have been to a number of the nightspots in Dushanbe and preferred Port Said. Some of the others try to be yuppie euro clubs and they suck at it. Port Said plays western club music and has a dance floor. There is no heat in the winter so you will be partying with your coat on. For the best time, tell the bartender that you want a table. You pay...

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  • Be smart when going out

    The Club People's is one of the best clubs in Dushanbe. People who go there are pretty different from the rest of those who go to nightclubs. But most importantly have a Tadzhik friend and you'll sure enjoy your time in Dushanbe

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  • Nightlife in Tajikistan

    Nightlife : There are no restaurants operating in the evenings except for the one in the Hotel Oktyabrskaya which shuts at 2200. There is a dollar bar in the basement of the Hotel Tajikistan which is open some evenings. The Ayni opera and ballet theatre on Prospekt Rudaki is still operating, albeit with a reduced programme of matinees. The streets...

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Dushanbe Transportation

  • Bishkek to Dushanbe - Not for the Faint...

    Flying regionally in Central Asia is probably not the safest thing in the world. That being said, it is rather exciting. The planes that fly this between Bishkek and Dushanbe are all local (Tajik Airlines) and are quite small, seating fewer than 50 people, goats, etc.. The flight itself is quite dramatic, as the planes fly at a low altitude over...

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  • One of the Worst Airports in the World

    Most international arrivals into Tajikistan arrive into the international airport in Dushanbe. This is a miserable experience, and you must prepare yourself emotionally prior to arriving. The arrival gate, in the Customs Area, becomes a total zoo, with all of your fellow passengers pushing to get ahead in line. Customs and border enforcement can be...

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  • The famous flight to Khorog – a MUST !

    As I already wrote about the flight to Khorog on my Tajikistan main page, I will make it short here. Don’t even bother trying to buy a ticket at the airport itself, as this was (and I am sure still is) a bit of a chaos. Go directly to the travel agent across the street (see photo and screenshot of GE), and there you will get the tickets...

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Dushanbe Shopping

  • Shopping in Tajikistan

    Shopping : Shortages are the norm in Tajikistan; there is a bazaar and street market behind the Hotel Tajikistan where it is possible to buy food and sometimes handicrafts. Shokhmansur (also known as Zilyoni) Bazaar near Ploshchad Ayni also sells food. There is a souvenir shop on the corner of Prospekt Rudaki and ulitsa Ismail Somoni, under an art...

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  • Main grocery market in Dushanbe centre

    The barakat market is a huge covered market with stalls lined sup selling farmers' produce and other food stuffs. The quality and cleanliness seemed fine from a visitors' point of view, and it was certainly for us a good place to stock up on vegetables, bread, fruits etc. before a long journey.Outdoors are clothing and ready-made clothes...

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  • Go to the bazaars

    There are a couple of good bazaars in Dushanbe. Not only can you get great bargains, but the local people will be some of the more friendly you'll ever meet. It was sometimes hard to escape without being given handfuls of fruit for free. Fruit, batteries, clothes.... Very cheap.

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Dushanbe Local Customs

  • Colorful ice creams

    Ice creams are a big hit in Dushanbe during hot days. However, the colorful ice creams might draw more than a single raised eyebrow. The coloring was intense, and the taste a close runner-up...If you have some serious alleriges you are probably better off without the ice cream. A good substitue were an excellent and cool cheese cake I found in one...

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  • Tea = Meals

    Tajik people are very hospitable. And if you make any friends then you are bound to be invited by them. They invite you for just TEA and you end up having whole MEAL!!For them Tea is just a starter. Alongwith tea they serve Plov (Rice), Samsa, Meat, Dry-fruits, toffees & bread.Never say NO when you are invited since it may not be liked by...

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  • Clothing

    It's nice to come here as a woman if you're used to covering yourself completely, but why no variation in Tajik women's dresses? :-)Everyone in velvet tents in bright colors. Looks like night wear for old ladies. I appreiciated the spirit in these ladies though. They seemed very brave and determined compared to the Afghan ladies I'm used to.

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Dushanbe Warnings and Dangers

  • Under-paid Militia!

    When walking around Dushanbe, particularly Children's Park (see photo of Lenin Statue from Childrens Park in downtown Dushanbe) try to avoid any and all contact with the local police or soldiers. Being underpaid and with no consideration for others, they will often approach you and ask for money. While in Children's Park on my last visit to...

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  • Bring Candles!

    Dushanbe, like all of Tajikistan, suffers from regular and lengthy power outages. Hotels and guest houses are not immune and regularly (sometimes daily) experience power outages ranging from 30 minutes to multiple hours in length. When checking into your hotel, request candles and matches.

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  • If you have enough money to waste…..

    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...

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Dushanbe Tourist Traps

  • Traveller!

    Whether your interest is mountaineering, trekking, adventure travel or business, find the travel information that you need at Travel Tajikistan! Travel Tajikistan is a comprehensive guide to travel and tourism in Tajikistan, including flight schedules, visa and entry requirements, and other essential travel information ....

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  • If you have enough money to waste…..

    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...

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  • The bigger hotels

    The bigger hotels in Dushanbe are vastly overpriced compared to the services they provide. 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...

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Dushanbe What to Pack

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    by Saagar Written Feb 1, 2007

    Miscellaneous: The tap water in Dushanbe might not kill you at the first try, but...
    The mineral water is very minerally, so if you prefer a neutral water taste and clean water, better bring a portable handy water filter. There are many types and for sure you do not need to do the megadollar purchases to come off well after a prolonged visit to Dushanbe and Tajikistan.

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Dushanbe Off The Beaten Path

  • Venture Out of Town and Have Lunch!

    Immediately north of Dushanbe, just outside of town, is a neat series of sashlique (shish kabob) restaurants that are frequented almost exclusively by residents of Dushanbe and neighboring villages (no tourists here!). Enjoy a seat outside (see picture) or sit inside during the winter months.Choices of meat include: Beef, lamb, or chicken (no...

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  • Varzob - mountain splendor

    Only 5km from the capital is the crumbling mountain resort of Varzob.The winding road offers some beautiful views as it passes through villages, before winding between dramatic rocky mountains and twisting its way up to Varzob.It is a delightful place -a valley with grass and trees as far up as the eye can see, and a narrow but turbulent brook of...

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  • Dentist

    You can have your dental problems solved for a fraction of the cost at home. I pulled out a wisdom tooth at a very professional clinic for 20 Somani (1 USD is 2.93 Somani, April 2004). No pain, no problems what so ever.I recommend Gulestan clinic. A taxi will know where it is. (Should be about 4 Somani there from Rudaki).

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Dushanbe Favorites

  • General useful info about Tajikistan,...

    Airport: Dushanbe Airport (DYU) is 1 mile (2km) south of the city. Bus nos. 3 and 12, and trains 3 and 4, run to the city centre 0600-1800 (travel time - 20 minutes).Climate: In Dushanbe, temperatures vary between a minimum -13°C (8°F) in December/January to a maximum 33°C (91°F) in July/AugustVisa and LOI to Tajikistan: I am a citizen of EU, but...

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  • Money

    The best thing about Dushanbe in terms of money? There are easy exchange possibilities through perfectly legal cash exchange counters along Rudaki avenue and through ATMs in hotels and at banks. Same situation in Khojand. No problem at all until you try to get money at some remore location outside Dushanbe.

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  • Climate

    The best times to visit Dushanbe is March-April and October-November to avoid the worst heat and the coldest temperatures.http://www.mytravelguide.com/travel-tools/climate-graphs/Dushanbe-Tajikistan.php?nav=

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Explore Deeper into Dushanbe
Outdoors but indoors
Restaurants
The Choykhana Rokhat
Nightlife
Stroll Rudaki in the evening
Nightlife
Crossover food - a good Tajik try!
Restaurants
Indian food in Dushanbe
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The best place I found for good food
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Restaurant with a spray
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Long-distance taxis
Transportation
Train in Tajikistan
Transportation
Decent "night club"
Nightlife
Nice restaurant
Restaurants
Be careful with the police
Warnings and Dangers
Get your OVIR stamp
Warnings and Dangers
A really dangerous tourist trap
Tourist Traps
Carry your passport - always!
Warnings and Dangers
Water quality in Dushanbe
Warnings and Dangers
Building of a national spirit
Things to Do
Stroll Rudaki Prospect
Things to Do
Monument to Ismail Somoni
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Univermag (old TSUM)
Shopping
Getting to Khojand by car
Transportation
Afghan border to Dushanbe
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Minibuses
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Sauna and massage
Off The Beaten Path
Great mushrooms!
Restaurants
Carpets
Shopping
Trouble free
Warnings and Dangers
Delhi Darbar!
Restaurants
Somoni Monument
Things to Do
Police
Warnings and Dangers
Egyptian Theme Restaurant?!?!?
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Language Barrier
Local Customs
Dushanbe City Minibuses
Transportation
THE Place to be in Dushanbe
Nightlife
Map of Dushanbe

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