Top Experiences in Tajikistan
Top Sights in Tajikistan
Safed Dara means the white valley, and it's situated 50 km North of Dushanbé. The old ski resort formerly named Takob was renovated in 2015 and was reopened for the 1st of January 2016. There are 2 T-bar lifts of 1000 meters each, the National ski school, a restaurant and 56 hotel's rooms.
It's also a very good spot for any mountain sport : mountain biking, horse riding, backcountry skiing, ski-touring, hiking, mountaineering.
Vanj village and district are located in central Tajikistan. These mountains are made up of conglomerates, granites, sandstones, steep slopes, gorges and narrow river valleys. In some places, the mountains are over 6000 meters above sea level. The Vanj region is a seismically unstable area. Almost every week there are tremors. Long ago, this region was inhabited by people speaking Iranian. In ancient times, it was called "the land of the Saks", in the Middle Ages the region was Islamized. The city was founded in 1933. The characteristics of the natural conditions affected the way of life of the local population.
Yamchun fortress is one of the most interesting historical sites in the Wakhan Valley. Yamchun is 72 km away to the east of the district center Ishkashim. The fortress was built during th 3rd century BC during the Greek-Bactrian Empire, on the Great Silk Road, in order to control southern invaders coming from the Pakistan valley of Chitral. A triangular citadel overlooks the village of Yamchut above 360 meters. The citadel is at the top of another walled triangle of nearly 600 meters length and with a base of about 400 meters. At the base of the second wall, another wall of 400 meters mark the entrance of the fortress. On the wall, towers stand each 20-25 meters. 1km higher than the citadelle, near the Yamchun river, there is the Bibi Fatima hot springs.
Langar is one of the last villages in the Panj Valley in the south of the Tajik Pamirs, on the banks of the Pamir River. The village is located at an altitude between 2800 and 2850 meters, opposite the Wakhan corridor and on part of the delta of the Pamir river which here forms the Panj river. Thousands of petroglyphs have been found in this region, representing ibex, deer, yaks, hunters with their bows or even horsemen. In Langar you can see a mazar with many horns of Siberian goats and argali, where ancient religious rituals still take place (a mixture of pagan and Ismaili beliefs). 5km east of the village are the ruins of the Ratm fortress.
Chaïkhana Kori Navruz Palace, the world's biggest tea house
Still little known outside Tajikistan, the new Chaikhana of Dushanbe is a huge luxurious complex 120 meters wide and long. "chaikhana" translates from Persian to "tea house". It is possible that this new "tea house" was built in order to replace the popular Chaïkhana Rohat on Rudaki Avenue, much more visited by tourists and which would not ultimately be destroyed.