Tajikistan cultural tour is an excellent choice for those who wish to learn more about the multi-faceted culture and the history of the Tajik people. The trip will start in the capital of the country – Dushanbe. There you will experience of the modern life of Tajikistan, and discover many interesting facts about the history of the region after visiting the Museum of Antiquity.
Later you will have a trip to the Hissar fortress (18th century) after which it will proceed towards Istaravshan. This colorful city has a special oriental spirit – take a walk along the local bazaar, pay a visit to religious monuments and experience the ancient town of Mug-tepa.
After that, you will meet the old city Penjikent and its sights dating back to the 5-8th centuries. Lake Iskanderkul, that took its name after Alexander the Great, will conclude your tour. You will spend your night in the village of Sarytag where you will have an opportunity to meet the locals. The return trip to Dushanbe will pass through mountains with another overnight.
Tajikistan Cultural Tour descriptions
1 person – no discount 2 persons – 10% discount 3 persons – 20% discount 4 persons and up – 30% discount
In 1929 Tajikistan became a Soviet Socialist Republic separate from Uzbekistan, with Dushanbe remaining its capital. Since the 1930s the city has acquired an increasing number of larger public and official buildings (including a sports stadium, a theater for opera and ballet, government headquarters, and a post office) in architectural styles typical of the Soviet Union at the time, though many have decorative details drawn from local traditions. In the 1950s the city government began to construct increasingly tall residential housing, at first four-story apartment buildings, and, since the 1970s, an ever-increasing number of medium- and high-rise apartment buildings, although some neighborhoods of small mud-brick houses remain.
In the early 8th century, Khujand was captured by the forces of the Umayyad Caliphate, under Qutayba ibn Muslim. The city was incorporated into the Umayyad and subsequent Abbasid Caliphates, and a process of Islamicization began. In the late 9th century, however, it reverted to local rule and was incorporated into the Samanid Empire. It came under the rule of the Kara-Khanid Khanate in 999 and after the division of Kara Khanids in 1042, it was initially part of Eastern Kara Khanids, and then later passed to the western one.
Karakhitans conquered it in 1137, but it passed to Khwarazmshahs in 1211. In 1220, it strongly resisted the Mongol hordes and was thus laid to waste. In the 14th century, the city was part of the Chagatai Khanate until it was incorporated into the Timurid Dynasty’ in the late 14th century, under which it flourished greatly. The Shaybanid dynasty of Bukhara next annexed Khojand, until it was taken over by the Kokand Khanate in 1802, however, Bukhara regained it in 1842 until it was lost a few decades later to Russia.
Lake Iskanderkul is a true pearl of the Pamir-Alai and is sometimes called the heart of the Fann Mountains.
On all sides it is surrounded with huge rocky masses, which in some places form impregnable walls.
The highest peak in the area, Mount Kyrk Shaytan, rises to almost four kilometres above sea level. However, the other mountains in the neighbourhood are also higher than 3,000 metres, which means the difference in height between their summits and the lake’s surface exceeds 1 km. The turquoise of the water spectacularly contrasts with the red brown of the rock’s faces.
Arrive in Dushanbe in the morning. You will be met by Advantour driver and transferred to the hotel. Start city tour in the capital and the biggest city of Tajikistan. Visit Tajikistan National Museum of Antiquities, where the famous statue of Buddha in Nirvana is preserved. Continue to Botanical garden, where locals love spending leisure, and to local bazaar. Drive out of the city (30 km) to the remains of Hissar Fortress of 18 С. Visit two local madrasas and a mausoleum. Return to Dushanbe. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Dushanbe – Istaravshan – Khujand
In the morning depart Dushanbe and drive to Khujand (300 km, 5-6 h). Drive through Anzob tunnel. Lunch at local Chaikhana. In the afternoon drive through Shakhristan tunnel with stop in Istaravshan. Visit a local bazaar, Hazrat Shah architectural complex, which consists of Hazrat Shah Mausoleum, the grave of brother of Kusam ibn Abbas, Khudayar Valami Mausoleum, and Namazgah Mosque dating back to 19 C. Continue to Mug Teppe, one of the ancient settlements located in Istaravshan. The city is believed to be founded by King Cyrus in the North-East boundary of his empire. Arrival in Khujand. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 3: Khujand – Penjikent
Drive to Penjikent (260 km, 5-6 h). Arrival and accommodation at the hotel. Meet you guide for sightseeing program: Museum of Rudaki – As Penjikent is a birthplace of Abu Abdallah Rudaki, considered by many to be the father of Persian Poetry. Ancient Penjikent - ruins of old Sogdian town founded in 5th century and abandoned in the 8th century by Arabs. Foundations of houses, a citadel with a couple of Zoroastrian fire temples and city bazaar are visible in the excavated ruins. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 4:Penjikent – Iskanderkul – Saritag
Drive to Saritag via Iskanderkul (240 km, 6-7 h).According to the legend, the Lake Iskanderkul was named after Alexander the Great, known as Iskander in the East. People say that Alexander the Great's path to India passed by this lake. Arrival and accommodation at guest house. Overnight at guest house.
Day 5: Saritag – Dushanbe
Drive to Dushanbe (160 km, 3-4 h). Arrival in Dushanbe. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 6: Dushanbe – departure
Check-out from the hotel at noon. Free time until transfer to Dushanbe Airport. Departure. End of the tour.
No Credit Cards required. Book With Flexibility. If your plans change, you can easily change the date or cancel the tour.