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

  • Botanical Garden

    On a sunny day the Botanical Garden is a nice place to visit, from some points you have a very good view of the nearby mountains, a popular place for marriages. 5000 Somoni (about $ 1) entrance fee.

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  • THE TALLEST FLAGPOLE IN THE WORLD

    Like so many of my travels – I have seen amazing sights and then someone messes it up for others. At the time I saw this flagpole – it was the tallest in the world. This freestanding flagpole is a staggering 165 metres (541 feet) high. And you have to have a big flag of course! The Tajik flag it flies is 30 m × 60 m (98 ft × 197 ft) and weighs a...

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  • THE POST OFFICE

    The main Dushanbe Post Office (Главпочтамт Душанбе) is open Mon-Fri 0800-1800 and Sat: 0900-1700. Tajikistan has over 600 post offices, but no formal postal relations with other countries, so your post goers off to either Russia, Kazakhstan...

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  • TAKE YOUR FREE VT FLAG WITH YOU !

    If you are coming to Dushanbe - make sure you have your free Virtual Tourist Flag with you!Just email the wonderful VT staff at:feedback@virtualtourist.comJust send them your address and the rest is history. History to make!Don't forget! The VT staff like postcards, so please send them a nice postcard while you are here!VirtualTourist801 Parkview...

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  • 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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Dushanbe Hotels

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  • Dushanbe Serena Hotel

    14 Rudaki Avenue, 734013

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Hotel Twins

    Adkhamova St., 1/21, 734001

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Sheraton Dushanbe Hotel

    48 Aini Street, 734024

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

Dushanbe Restaurants

  • 24/7/365 FOOD

    Southern Fried Chicken is a major gastronomic institution here in Dushanbe. When you first hear about an English created business trying to replicate fried fast American food in Tajikistan, you are probably thinking rubbish food. Think again! SFC is excellent. They make a range of delicious prepared salads, fresh sandwiches and pizza. They of...

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  • TRUE SOVIET

    “I'm back in the U.S.S.R. You don't know how lucky you are boy. Back in the U.S.S.R. (Yeah)”. The Beetles could have been writing about this humble but very good establishment. Soyuz Bistro is actually a true Soviet-era cafeteria in a basement underneath the Southern Fried Chicken on Rudaki Ave (no. 92). In fact you sort of go into the entrance of...

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  • DUSHANBE'S BEST

    It’s a brewery. It’s a pub. It’s a restaurant. It’s amazing and delicious! If you only have one night in Dushanbe, you need to eat – and drink – here. Sim Sim started as a brewery on March 1, 2003 and has expanded its lines to include soft drinks and thankfully this bastion of delicious grill meats. They have sprawling gardens that can feed over...

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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

  • By Minibus from the Airport

    Several minibus lines go from the airport to town, minibus # 8 runs along Rudaki Avenue and Ismaili Somoni Avenue, minibus # 1 might be useful

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  • 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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Dushanbe Shopping

  • Tsum

    TSUM (ЦУМ) describes itself as the Central Department Store. It is a one-stop-shop for all your tourist and ex-pat needs. It’s actually an indoor market with several ATM’s and plenty of currency exchange kiosks just outside. Inside you will find all the modern electrical goods and spares you could possibly ever need. Upstairs is...

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  • SOUVENIER CENTRAL

    TSUM (ЦУМ) describes itself as the Central Department Store. It is a one-stop-shop for all your tourist and ex-pat needs. It’s actually an indoor market with several ATM’s and plenty of currency exchange kiosks just outside. Inside you will find all the modern electrical goods and spares you could possibly ever need. Upstairs is...

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  • 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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Dushanbe Local Customs

  • THE FLAG OF TAJIKISTAN

    Like all the former Soviet Republics, Tajikistan had to produce a new flag following independence on September 9, 1991. They took their time and were the last of the former Soviet states to adopt a new flag on 24 November 1992. Despite all the time, they still produced a flag that looks almost identical to the Soviet-era one – minus the red parts....

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  • 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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Dushanbe Warnings and Dangers

  • Smoking in the street

    Smoking in the street is appearently illegal, 2 friends of mine just got a fine of about $ 10 after being about 30 minutes in the Police station, be careful when you smoke.

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  • ELECTRICITY KILLS

    I don’t want to worry you, but you could kill more than your laptop here in Dushanbe. The electrical current is 240 volts, twice what North American visitors may be expecting. It can be deadly for you and/or the kids rather than just a nasty shock. You really will not see a 3rd grounding wire here that gives you a little extra security with some...

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  • 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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Dushanbe Tourist Traps

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    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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    A handy water filter

    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
Good and cheap Turkish restaurant
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Nightlife, Pub & Restaurant
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Tajikistan restaurants, food and drinks.
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Bring Candles!
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Excellent Indian meals
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If you have enough money to waste…..
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The famous flight to Khorog – a MUST !
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Outdoors but indoors
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The Choykhana Rokhat
Nightlife
Stroll Rudaki in the evening
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Crossover food - a good Tajik try!
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Presidential Palace
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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
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Train in Tajikistan
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Main grocery market in Dushanbe centre
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See the Somoni monument
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Go to the bazaars
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Decent "night club"
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Nice restaurant
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Be careful with the police
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Get your OVIR stamp
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Museum of National Antiquities
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A really dangerous tourist trap
Tourist Traps
Carry your passport - always!
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Water quality in Dushanbe
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The main mosque of Dushanbe
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Building of a national spirit
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Stroll Rudaki Prospect
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Monument to Ismail Somoni
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Univermag (old TSUM)
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Getting to Khojand by car
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Afghan border to Dushanbe
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Minibuses
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Sauna and massage
Off The Beaten Path
Great mushrooms!
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Carpets
Shopping
Trouble free
Warnings and Dangers
Map of Dushanbe

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