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Tajikistan is a landlocked country in Central Asia and has its capital city in Dushanbe. The best time to visit Tajikistan is on the months of June to September when the temperature is perfect to hike up the Pamir ranges and there is little to no rainfall. Tajikistan's main ethnic group are the Tajiks, with minorities such as the Uzbeks and Kyrgyz, and a small Russian minority. The people are predominantly Muslims and Tajik and Russian are it's official languages. It's popular foods include rice dish, flatbread, vegetable soup and noodles.
The country of Tajikistan is broken into many isolated areas by mountain passes that are closed in winter, travel around the country during this time is by air only. For intra city travel, you can uzs the buses, taxis or trains. Tajikistan is a safe travel destination for visitors to travel to, but after sunset, it is not advisable to walk around outside alone; and generally travel unaccompanied to rural areas.
Celebration of festivals and events in Tajikistan usually feature music, food and communities coming together to rejoice. Some of the amazing events and festivals you should definitely attend while in Tajikistan are: Roof of the World Festival, Didor Film Festival, Falak Festival, Navruz and Snowdrop Festival.
Tajikistan is a stunning place, and there are plenty of places to see and explore. Some of the must see places of attractions include:
Wakhan Valley: when you are in the valley, you visit the ruins of the Yamchun fortress built in the 12th century and take a dip in the hot springs of Bibi Khanum. Wherever you go in the Wakhan, you’ll be treated to some of the most stunning landscapes in the country.
The Fann Mountains: this mountain attract Alpinists the world over. You can go for short hikes along the valleys, wander beside mountain lakes or stroll through the remote villages.
Extensive Rudaki Park: with it's beautiful canopy of mature trees, this park offers a series of pathways through flower gardens and alongside lakes and fountains. This park makes for a great location for a picnic in summer or snowy vistas in winter.
Statue of Ismoil Somoni: one of Dushanbe’s most impressive modern monuments, this statue celebrates the 10th-century founder of the Samanid dynasty. With an art-deco quality to the design of the monument's golden casing and a prominent position on Friendship Sq, it has become a key rendezvous point in the city.
There are over 10,000 hotels and apartments to stay in Tajikistan, so you will be spoiled for choice especially when in Dushanbe.
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For Tadzhiks looking to travel out of the country. You can check out the list of destinations, how to Get Visa to those countries, Embassies in Tajikistan and Visa Free Countries for Tadzhik passport holders
Common Questions Travellers Ask About Tajikistan
Is Tajikistan safe to visit?
Tajikistan is generally safe to drink but it is advised that you don't go out alone at night.
What currency is used in Tajikistan?
Somoni is the official currency used in Tajikistan.
Do you need a VISA to visit Tajikistan?
Nationals from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Mongolia, Jordan, Russia and Ukraine do not need a visa for visits up to 90 days.
Is the tap water safe to drink?
Do not drink the tap water here, as there is no working purification system. It is better to carry along bottled water.
Is English spoken in Tajikistan?
English, is hardly spoken here, and the only people likely to speak a word are youths, especially in the capital city.