Located in central Asia, Tajikistan is a mountainous country that's a treasure trove of nature and culture. 90% of the country is covered in mountains and it's the perfect place to rest and reconnect with nature and simplicity. If you're looking for a wilderness adventure and discoveries of all kinds, Tajikistan should definitely be on your bucket list! Here are a few places that will prove to you why.
Although Karakul Lake translates to black lake, the water's color varies from light blue or turquoise to dark green depending on the time of the year. Located at an altitude of almost 13,000 feet, Karakul is the biggest natural lake in Tajikistan. The beauty of this remote and spectacular landscape will leave you speechless.
You'll be able to admire the astounding snow-covered mountains surrounding the lake and it's possible for travellers to visit and stay in the nearby village of Karakul, where welcoming locals offer shelter and yurts. The weather in summer is particularly hot during the day and quite cold at night, so if you do visit then, come prepared for the temperature changes!
The Pamir Mountains
The world pamir means "roof of the world". It's a translation which perfectly fits this impressive mountain range that seems to touch the sky. The Pamir Mountains were awarded the title of Best Sustainable Destination in the Asia-Pacific Zone in 2018 by Green Destinations. This area promotes sustainable tourism in order to help local populations and create job opportunities for villagers, and it's the perfect place to go for an unforgettable hike.
These majestic mountains surround beautiful crystal clear lakes and welcome thousands of tourists each year. In addition to the untouched beauty of the mountains, the hospitality of the Alay and Pamiri, two local peoples, will surely make your stay an unforgettable and enriching experience.
The National Museum
The National Museum of Tajikistan is located in the country's capital of Dushambe and has 22 rooms and four different exhibition departments that visitors can explore. Each of them provides thought-out and detailed information about Tajikistan. You'll find the Department of Ancient and Medieval History, the Department of Modern and Contemporary History, the Department of Fine and Applied Arts as well as the Department of Natural History.
Objects from the Soviet period of Tajikistan's history are on display, as well as exhibits about daily life, culture, flora, fauna, art and history. Geology lovers will be amazed by the wonderful samples of precious and decorative stones and fossils that are on display next to the paleontology section. A must-see!
The Hisor Fortress
Located in Western Tajikistan, the Hisor Fortress is one of the most famous historical sites in Central Asia. It was built approximately 3,000 years ago, and it's a truly sacred monument for the population of Tajikistan. The main entrance to the fortress is composed of a monumental brick gate built between two impressive cylinder towers. Local guides will tell you some of the legends associated with the fortress as you wander around. Visitors who want to buy a souvenir from the site will find markets and little shops just next to the fortress.
Khorog is the capital of the Pamir region, and it's the perfect spot for travellers looking for some downtime. Thanks to the presence of the brand new University of Central Asia (UCA) inaugurated in 2018, the population of Khorog has been given a dynamic jump-start with many young university students moving to the city.
Located at 6,900 feet above sea level, Khorog also hosts an Afghan market every Saturday, where visitors can find people from Afghanistan who've crossed the nearby bridge that separates Afghanistan and Tajikistan selling their wares. It is the perfect occasion to meet the Afghan people and learn more about their relationship with their Tajik neighbors.