With more than 90% of territory covered with mountains of Pamir and Tyan-Shan, Tadzikistan is truly a synonym for mountains. Got it independence about 24 years back, seems like a young country but itís civilisation goes to as far as 3,000 years back. This rich historical legacy with strong influence of Sassanid Empire, Chinese and Arabic culture was one of the prominent centre of Silk route on Pamir Highway. Throughout your journey, the medieval mosques and monuments and relics of Zoroastrian civilization will keep justifying richness and culture of the region.
Blessed with breathtaking landscapes, mountains and lakes, peaks of Fan mountains and starkly beautiful Pamir highway and delicious cuisine, Tadnikistan has enough surprises for you. However, what arguably makes it Central Asiaís most exciting destination is the people of Tadzikistan. Predominantly Persian speaking, the people are extremely friendly and welcoming. Pampered by their hospitality, you will easily get lost in the local culture like you belong to them only. If you happen to stay one or two nights with Tajik family house, you will immerse with its taste more deeply.
Slip into Afghanistan The Tajik-Afghan border has some vibrant colourful markets which will attract you to stop and before you realise, you are already into those markets. Believe it or not, you are in Afghanistan!
Again, you will be welcomed here and can easily mingle with locals busy in buying at these small roadside markets.
Roam around in DushanbeIt will be unfair to compare the street hopping of Dushanbe with London or Paris but the charm at the nooks and corners at this slow city with itís own style of appreciation for art, culture and food certainly clicks to your mind. Walking around in the city and discovering traditional chai-honas ( tea houses ), open theatres and rich architecture are some popular tips for the contemporary travellers.