Dushanbe layover tour will introduce you the capital of Tajikistan and spirit of Tajik people. During the tour you will visit Ismail Somoni Statue, historical outstanding ruler, Museum of Antiques and Musical Instruments Museum. You will also explore vicinities of the capital, Hissar Fortress with old madrassahs and try the local cuisine. Book the short and intense tour to make the most of few stopover hours in Dushanbe!
Dushanbe Layover Tour descriptions
1 person – no discount 2 persons – 10% discount 3 persons – 20% discount 4 persons and up – 30% discount
Entrance fees to the museums, mausoleums and other sights;
Transport throughout the city tour.
Hotel charges for additional services;
Consular fees for Tajikistan tourist visa;
Tips are not included, but would be appreciated;
Personal travel insurance
Must visit on your Dushanbe Layover Tour
At the beginning of the twenty-first century, Dushanbe, along with Tajikistan, continued to struggle from the after-effects of Soviet occupation and civil war. Tajikistan was poorest nation in the Soviet sphere.
Today, it is challenged by corruption, weak governance, widespread unemployment, seasonal power shortages, an external debt burden, and serious environmental problems resulting from the agricultural and industrial policies employed under Soviet rule. Active measures are required to overcome political corruption and to ensure economic growth and stability. Assistance from the international community has brought some relief through increased economic development and security assistance.
Although archaeological remnants dating to the fifth century B.C.E. have been discovered in the area, there is little to suggest that Dushanbe was more than a small village until the early twentieth century. Records show that as early as 1676, on every Monday, villagers from the surrounding areas brought their produce to market at this spot.
“Dyushambe” belonged for a long time to the khanate of Bukhara. In 1920, the last Emir of Bukhara briefly took refuge in Dyushambe after being overthrown by the Bolshevik revolution. He fled to Afghanistan after the Red Army conquered the area the following year.
With the Red Army victory and coming of the railroad from 1929, the city became the capital of the Tajik Soviet Socialist Republic. In 1929, the city was renamed “Stalinabad,” after Soviet leader Joseph Stalin (1878-1953). The city was renamed “Dushanbe” in 1961 as part of the next Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev’s de-Stalinization initiative.
The Soviets transformed the area into a center for cotton and silk production, and relocated tens of thousands of people to the city from around the Soviet Union. The population also increased with thousands of ethnic Tajiks migrating to Tajikistan following the transfer of Bukhara and Samarkand to the Uzbek SSR.
A peaceful and relatively prosperous city under Soviet rule, severe rioting occurred in 1990, after it was rumored that Moscow planned to relocate tens of thousands of Armenian refugees to Tajikistan, which spurred local nationalist sentiment. The city was badly damaged as a result of the Civil War in Tajikistan (1992–1997) that sprang up in the nation shortly after its independence, on September 9, 1991.
The main points of interest are on, or close to, Prospekt Rudaki, which runs from the railway station in the south to the bus station in the north.
Since that time resurgences in the Tajik economy have transformed Dushanbe into a rapidly growing commercial, cultural and industrial center. Many multi-story apartment and office buildings were constructed and the city was beautified during this period. Monuments and statues commemorating the city’s Persian and Iranian past were erected.
The Dushanbe synagogue, which was constructed in the early 1900s in one of the two Jewish Quarters in Dushanbe at the time, was used by the Jewish community there until February 2006, when the government demolished it to make way for a new presidential residence, the “Palace of Nations.”
The guide and the driver will meet you at Dushanbe International airport. Dushanbe layover tour starts with a visit to National Museum of Antiquities of Tajikistan (closed on Mondays) that includes the exhibits on history, natural history and art (Buddha in Nirvana is one of the valuable exhibits of the museum). Continue to Hissar fortress (30 km from Dushanbe) where you can see Madrasah Kukhna. Return to Dushanbe and visit Gurminj Musical Instruments Museum, Ismail Somoni Monument and Rudaki Park. During the tour you will have lunch in a local restaurant. The driver and guide will round up the tour bringing you back to the airport. The program usually takes 4-5 hours, but easily customised upon your request.
No Credit Cards required. Book With Flexibility. If your plans change, you can easily change the date or cancel the tour.