Discover the Unseen Beauty of Tajikistan


There are parts of the world filled with famous landmarks and photo opportunities. But there are just as many parts of the world like Tajikistan, relatively untouched by the modern world and full of mystery and raw beauty. Discovering travel destinations are often the most rewarding, giving you insight into ancient history and a completely different way of life.

Tajikistan lies in the heart of Central Asia, with Kyrgyzstan to the north, China to the east, Afghanistan to the south, and Uzbekistan to the west and northwest. While not considered a common destination to venture to, Tajikistan is a treasure trove of cultural experiences for those who want something more from their travel than simply famous landmarks. Immerse yourself in the local culture, customs and history of beautiful Tajikistan.

A rare and remote way of life

The first thing many of our guests notice about Tajikistan is the unique lifestyle of its people. The roads through Tajikistan aren’t well-maintained. Modern conveniences we’re used to are almost nowhere to be found, so much so that even hot water is a rarity! But the people of Tajikistan have embraced this remote way of life for centuries and travelling here, is truly an untouched adventure.

With cities and towns in hidden valleys and remote mountain ranges, Uzbekistan’s people are resilient, growing accustomed to harsh living conditions and thriving. When you meet locals, you’ll be drawn in by their stories of adaptability, and you’ll even see first-hand how this remote lifestyle has been preserved across generations.

Tajikistan scenery - simply stunning!
Tajikistan scenery – simply stunning!


See fascinating mountain ranges

When people think of Central Asian countries like Tajikistan, they often associate the region with deserts and sand. While this is true for many countries in the region, Tajikistan is somewhat different. In fact, Tajikistan is a paradise for mountain lovers, with more than 90% of the country covered in mountains.

The Pamir Mountains are one example of this, including the Ismoili Somoni Peak, Tajikistan’s highest. This rugged mountain range actually covers parts of India, China, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Afghanistan. Another example is the iconic Fann Mountains, a must-see on Tajikistan trips. These mountains are also part of the Pamir system and have been world heritage-listed by UNESCO. Full of wildlife sanctuaries, reserves and national parks, exploring the Fann Mountains offers panoramic views, stunning peaks and fascinating lakes and rivers.

Fann Mountains - Tajikistan
Fann Mountains – Tajikistan

Beautiful sapphire lakes

Much like the unseen beauty of Tajikistan’s mountain ranges, its vast network of rivers and lakes is also a sight to behold. Tajikistan’s mountains are home to beautiful alpine lakes, each with its own unique, untouched charm. No Tajikistan tour would be complete without visiting the Fann Mountains, particularly the crystal-clear waters of the Seven Lakes or “Haft Kul”. Each lake has its own colour, each as mesmerising as the last.

The Garmchashma hot mineral springs in the Fann Mountains is another highlight and has been considered a healing place by locals for centuries. You’ll also want to visit Iskanderkul Lake, which is nestled at a height of 2 metres. Named after Alexander the Great (King Iskander), the lake is home to many legends, much like most of Tajikistan’s vast natural terrain.

Iskanderkul Lake - Tajikistan
Iskanderkul Lake – Tajikistan


Shopping at the Panjshanbe Bazaar

The city of Khujand is one of Tajikistan’s oldest, dating back some 2,500 years. Located on the Syr Darya near the mouth of the beautiful Fergana Valley, Khujand was once a major city along the infamous Silk Road. Sticking with its merchant trading history, Khujand is now home to the Panjshanbe Bazaar.

Not only is it the biggest bazaar in the city, but also one of the most diverse. You can buy anything and everything here, including fresh fruits and vegetables, local Khujand cuisine, spices, colourful textiles and a range of local crafts. It’s the perfect place to stop and immerse yourself in the bustling market culture of the country and even get yourself a souvenir. You might even like to pick up a Tubeteika, a traditional Tajik cap, as a reminder of your enriching journey.

Dushanbe - Capital of Tajikistan
Dushanbe – Capital of Tajikistan

Dining on Tajikistan’s cuisine

If you’re a keen traveller, chances are you love experiencing local cuisine wherever you go. Tajikistan’s cuisine can only be described as a gastronomic delight, with unique dishes not found anywhere else. Why not try some traditional dishes such as Plov, a hearty dish of rice, meat, and vegetables? Nothing beats Shurbo, a local soup to warm your body and soul for those cold nights.

Tajikistan is also known for its famous naan bread, often decorated with traditional patterns. If you try some local naan, keep an eye on which way it is served, as locals believe a naan bread served face down is a sign of bad luck.

Immersing yourself in the remote and mysterious Tajikistan way of life is the only way to experience everything this country has to offer. Uzbekistan is one of the world’s unseen gems, from dining with locals and shopping at traditional markets to hiking through pristine alpine mountains and lakes. 

If you’d like to find out more and make this experience yours, contact us today about planning your Tajikistan experience.