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Marianne Grimshaw
Tajikistan Travel Specialist

Tajikistan holidays are pure adventure. With around 90% of the country covered in mountains, this off-the-beaten-track ‘Stan is heaven for travellers keen to embrace the great outdoors, with countless opportunities for hiking, riding, cycling and even water sports. Beautiful and remote, the Pamir Mountains dominate the landscape with their three giant peaks, and the famous Pamir Highway tantalises with its immense once-in-a-lifetime road-trip potential. Here travellers find secluded mountain communities, beautiful lakeland scenery, picturesque valleys and even – it is rumoured – the elusive yeti.

Green and spacious, the capital, Dushanbe is a pleasant city in which to begin any Tajikistan trip, with wide, tree-lined boulevards and elegant buildings ringed by brooding mountains. To experience the local community at it’s most vibrant, visits should be planned to attend market day at the Kurbon Bazaar, where all manner of goods are bought and sold. Follow the rushing river through the the Varzob Gorge and take the road to the top of the Nurek Dam for spectacular views. Hints of its former-USSR history remain to appease travellers with an interest in modern history; the town of Nurek remains home to a statue of Lenin to as a reminder of the Soviet Era.

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Regent Tajikistan Specialist


Marianne Grimshaw
Perhaps unfairly seen as the poor cousin of the former-Soviet republics, what Tajikistan lacks in big-ticket man-made monuments, it more than makes up for those provided by nature, with several peaks topping 7,000 metres in this mountainous country. Any first-time visitor should head to Iskander-Kul lake in the foothills of the Fan Mountains to experience its turquoise waters and tranquil setting.

Marianne's Tips
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Try shir chai, a brew of tea with goats’ milk, salt and butter. Popular in the Pamir region, though not to everyone’s taste.
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Far from luxurious, the Pamir Highway is a legendary road trip skirting the Afghan border and overlooking the Hindu Kush.
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Visit Khojand, one of the country’s oldest towns, founded by Alexander the Great on the banks of the Syr-Darya river.




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