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 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 as a reminder of the Soviet Era.