Tajikistan Favorites

  • Tajik people
    Tajik people
    by eMGeographer
  • Tajik people
    Tajik people
    by eMGeographer
  • Tajik people
    Tajik people
    by eMGeographer

Tajikistan Favorites

  • The Roman Catholic Church in Dushanbe

    We started our journey from visiting Saint Joseph Parish in Dushanbe. The parson invited us for a coffe and a short chat - it was a great chance to get some information about the condition of the Catholic Church in Tajikistan and rest of Central Asia. After a mass we met wonderfull people who invited us to their home.Nearby is a house of...

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  • Loved Tajik people

    My best memory of Tajikistan are its citizens...They are very hospitable! We didn't have a chence to sleep in hotels, because all the time someone was inviting us to his home. They even invited us for the wedding party :)We had a great chance to learn local habits, traditions, to try local homemade food. But the most important thing is that we...

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  • Useful books, maps and websites

    In preparation for a trip to Tajikistan and the Pamirs, you might not find as much books, maps and websites as for, let’s say, European countries or US or any other popular destinations.But there are a lot, and good ones.First, the best website for anything about the Pamirs is Pamirs WebsiteOn this one, you will find answers to all questions you...

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  • Borders and procedures

    When it comes to border crossings into Tajikistan, my experience is from July 2006, and I can only judge the ones from Samarkand to Penjikent, and the one from Pamirs into Kyrgyzstan via Kyzyl-Art-Pass. I did not have any mentionable problem, but please also check, what Dean wrote about his experience in 2001, crossing from Uzbekistan into...

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  • Try and understand Islamic beliefs

    and subtitle: no need to be horrified or afraid of.I feel the very urge to write about this here and in no way I mean it political, although the situation I want to write about certainly has political aspects.In our todays’ world, one common fear has spread – the fear of Islamic terrorism. I won’t discuss my own thoughts about this or the reasons I...

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  • Change your perceptions (2)

    Cars and travels are not as easy as in our own regions. Remember that the Pamiri are not rich, so cars are not that much popular among the people. And if they own cars, then they would not necessarily pass the typical inspections in our own regions. I have learned on my trip which elements and equipment are really necessary in a car – an air filter...

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  • Change perceptions – about almost...

    Yes, everything I write now is serious. I simply want to avoid that some people easily are taken in to the belief, “great, ah, another country to make “blue” on my map” and then come home furious because of the luggage has been damaged or they are seriously ill with effects of altitude sickness or miss a plane because of a ridiculously tight...

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  • Buy and organize „local“

    When you plan some hiking, sightseeing or any other activity, please organize it via the locals. By now, a lot of travel agents and tour operators have established, which are well worth to use them.In Pamir, META is the very best option; they organize everything from transfers (along the Pamir Highway), horseback, camel or yak rides, hiking trips,...

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  • Hospitality, hospitality –but respect...

    Wherever you will be travelling in Tajikistan, either in the western part or in the Pamirs (mainly in the Pamirs, which I can judge), you will be overwhelmed by the peoples’ hospitality !Just some facts to consider:GDP per capita – the people in Luxemburg have the highest in the world with nearly 70.000 USD, Japan, Germany and some other European...

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  • Learn Russian – at least some words

    The language, spoken in Tajikistan and the Pamirs is Tajik, Pamiri dialects and Russian. English is not yet quite popular in the country.However, when going to Pamirs, you will be impressed by the number of people, mostly young ones, who speak brilliant English, and are honestly happy to help you in anything you need. Accept this, as it is also for...

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  • Money, how much and where to change

    As already written, Tajikistan’s currency is Somoni, at the time of my travel, 1 USD was 3,35 Somoni. (I just looked it up, now, 1 month later, it is 1 USD = 2,78 somoni). 1 Somoni = 100 Dirham. Banknotes come in 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 Somoni, make sure, you have enough 1 Somoni, when changing at banks.Check the website of Nat.Bank Tajikistan for...

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  • What is Pamir – what is Tajikistan

    As my main intention for going to Tajikistan was the Pamirs region, some explanations here about the difference, as I will write Pamirs when referring to this region (and also write most of the tips there .Tajikistan has roughly 143.000 sqkm of area, and more than half of it is above 3000 m.45% of Tajikistan is the so-called Pamirs, or GBAO, or,...

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  • Some helpful facts about Tajikistan

    Tajikistan has a long and very sad history, given its importance in the ancient times from Samanid Empire. It was Soviet for a long time, and from my impression, it still is in a way, as the Russians still control part of it, mainly due to the borders with Afghanistan. However, it is independent since 1991 (as all of the Central Asian –stans)....

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  • GBAO - Pamir Permit

    A permit for Pamir region is essential for any travel within the Pamirs (be it for hiking, mountaineering or any other activity).Police and Military guys will permanently check you, and if you don’t have it, you will be in bad shape – the less bad thing they’ll do is to fine you. The worse… I don’t know, and I did not try to find out.GBAO stands...

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  • OVIR – Police Registration

    The second important document you need when travelling in Tajikistan, and especially in Pamirs, is the so-called OVIR = Office of Visas and Registration.This is applicable for all 3 “-stans” I was in and simply means that you are getting registered with the officials, mostly the police.When travelling in Tajikistan, you should register within 72...

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  • Tajikistan's borders

    I liked geography puzzles when I was a small boy, and here I grow up and the biggest puzzle ever shows up! The Tajik borders were drawn by Stalin for various reasons, the ethnic composition, economic considerations (access to agricultural land, irrigation water) and are naturally also a function of the neigbouring countries outside former USSR. The...

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  • Check conditions before you go

    Not only the political, but the climatic, too! To find lots of background info on climate and environment in Tajikistan, tap into www.meteo.tj

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  • Weather and when to travel

    I promised to write something about the weather, and the best time to travel. Tajikistan is located on quite a high altitude, nearly half of the country over 3000 m above sea level. In addition, it is surrounded by high mountain ranges, just keep in mind that some peaks are well above 7000 m. Thus, summers can be hot and humid, winters mild (west)...

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  • See The Fan Mountains. This...

    See The Fan Mountains. This group of people are not the usual Tadjiks. They speak a different dialogue and look a bit different, but have been there so long they do not know their true identity. We saw other villages like this as well, each different from each other and from the Tadjiks. Over the centuries many persecuted groups hid in these...

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  • Camp in the mountains, talk to...

    Camp in the mountains, talk to the local people and see the museum in Penjikent. The embroidered wall hanging in the picture is a type of Suzannah. One of the mothers in the family made it for her daughters on the Millenium. I was able to buy it from them.They really needed the money! It is my favorite purchase on a trip. The bottom in Tadjik...

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  • Hyatt Regency Dushanbe

    Prospekt Ismoili Somoni 26/1, Dushanbe, 734026, Tajikistan

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Hotel Mercury

    str. Lev Tolstoy 9, Dushanbe, 734003, Tajikistan

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Best Eastern Tajikistan

    22 Shotemur Ulitsa, Dushanbe, 734001, Tajikistan

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

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