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Asia » Tajikistan » Dushanbe August 21st 2018

Day 1 Warning- this blog post will give you no insights whatsoever into travelling in Tajikistan, it's just my personal start full of inane detail. Read on at your peril.... Up at 03:00, out the door 03:30. Win 1- Big, heavy unwieldy pack is checked all the way through to Dushanbe, no need to reclaim in Dubai. Win 2- Qantas Club let me in at 04:30 (despite my Emirates boarding pass). Win 3- Window seat with 2 empty seats next to me. Then I lose. Having gloated about not getting the virus that ran through our household last week, at the 5 hour mark of the flight my throat is tickling. Slightly worried. By the time we get to Dubai I have a full on killer headache. I had pre-booked a room at the Holiday Inn ... read more
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Asia » Tajikistan » Dushanbe August 20th 2018

This trip came about when a friend (Terry, met in Iran in 2014) sent me photos of his trip incorporating the "Stans", specifically Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. It only took about 5 minutes to once again shelve Mongolia and completely switch destinations. I knew nothing at all, in any shape or form, about Tajikistan or Kyrgyzstan, I'm not so sure that I'd even heard of them before. Immediately I took to scouring blog sites (like this- Shane the Travelling Camel, Dancing Dave and Dave and Merry Jo in particular), independent blogs (The Adventures of Lill Nicki), info boards, forums, TA, IndyGuide, Caravanistan and Lonely Planet (etc, etc, etc.....) to construct an itinerary. It was a tough one as there were absolutely endless places to see, mountains to climb and things to do in these 2 incredible countries. ... read more

Asia » Tajikistan » Dushanbe January 12th 2018

Ciao, sono Emomali Rahmon, presidente a vita del Tajikistan. Nel mio paese non si fuma per strada e non si puo' avere la barba. Non abbiamo buoni ospedali.... read more
Il presidente su un cavallo
I meloni del presidente
Il presidente pesca una trota e ride come un ebete

Asia » Tajikistan » Dushanbe November 4th 2017

TAJIKISTAN with the Tajik Outlaws...Part 1. I'm really excited..replaced my computer...download my Tajikistan pics...like opening gold wrapped chocolate...hoping the wrapping indicates something special...nothing worse than stale and wretched. Cord...camera...USB...images like cards falling to the floor. Flashing...flipping...smiling...fist forming...yes...yes...yes. Relief rolling down my face...memories flashing before me...warm feeling of pleasure as chocolate drips from my lips. One of the most splendiferous road trips of the World...stunning landscapes...amazed by the people we meet. Let the tales begin...and what an adventure it was. ***** Shane The Travel Camel says he's leading a road trip through the Pamir Mountains of Tajikistan in August 2017 and asks if we want to come...yeeka! Denise says it took 5 minutes to decide...I say it took about 6... read more
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Asia » Tajikistan » Dushanbe August 31st 2017

Click here to watch a vlog from us both covering highlights, challenges and surprises of our trip through Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan.... read more

Asia » Tajikistan » Dushanbe August 7th 2017

Tajikistan celebrates 26 years of independence from the Soviet Union on 9th September. Perhaps best known for its civil war and economic collapse of the early 90s, it has come a long way since then, however it remains one of the poorest countries in the world There is a large population of Tajiks in northern Afghanistan and also in the Uzbekistan cities of Samarkand and Bukhara. It was talking to the Tajik owner of the guest house we stayed at in Bukhara (Uzbekistan) last year that really piqued our interest in Tajikistan and the rest of the Stans. Tajikistan has strong cultural and military ties with Russia. It's economy is also heavily reliant on the paychecks of Tajik men who work away in Russia. It also has growing ties with China on its Eastern border with ... read more
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Asia » Tajikistan » Dushanbe August 6th 2017

You could safely conclude that the author of this blog entry is not the one who booked the flights. Despite the flights costing an arm, a leg and a kidney, it turned out our 4 flight journey to get from Wellington, NZ to Dushanbe, Tajikistan - via Auckland, Singapore and Dubai - also had a total travel time of 39:35hrs from take off in Wellington to landing in Dushanbe (at 4:20am)... In part this was thanks to the 8:30 hour layover in Singapore and a 5:30 hour layover in Dubai (the 3 hours in Auckland being accepted as a necessary). While not a planned part of trip there was no way we were not going to try and squeeze in seeing a bit more of Singapore. We've only visited once so there is still heaps we ... read more
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Asia » Tajikistan » Dushanbe May 31st 2017

Als Tourist in Dushanbe muss man sehr überlegt handeln. Denn sonst weiß man nicht, was man am Nachmittag tun soll. Also frühstückte ich erst ausgiebig und langsam. Nahm dann den Bus in die Stadt - womit ich wahrscheinlich der einzige Gast im Sheraton bin, der je den ÖPNV benutzt hat. Im Moment bin ich mir sogar nicht so recht sicher, ob ich nicht überhaupt der einzige Gast bin???? Busfahren ist easy. Kostet ein GELD, das sind so etwa 10 Cent. Und es gilt die feste Regel: Junge Leute springen sofort auf, wenn jemand älterer zusteigt, egal ob Mann oder Frau. Also habe ich immer einen Sitzplatz. Von den hiesigen Busfahrer könnten sich die in München was abschauen. Die Münchner warten genüßlich, bis der Fahrgast hergerannt kommt und fast die Türe erreicht hat. Dann wir diese zugeknallt ... read more
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Asia » Tajikistan » Dushanbe September 14th 2016

14-9-16 Bishkek - Dushanbe - We took a short two hour flight from Bishkek to Dushanbe, our next Stan, and one of the last unexplored frontiers in the world. Upon arrival we headed 30km out of Dushanbe to the fortress town of Hissar which was once a stronghold of the Islamic guerrilla fighters known as Basmachi. The Basmachi fought a guerrilla war against Soviet rule in central Asia from 1917 and the Red Army eventually besieged the fortress. 15-9 Dushanbe's original settlement dates back more than three thousand years, we walked through the tree lined streets exploring the many of the flower filled parks which are watered by a network of canals that keep the city green in the dry harsh climate. Three students approached us very shyly to welcome us as they wished to practice ... read more
Traditional Dance performance
Iskanderkul Lake
flying between BIshkek to Dunshanbe

Asia » Tajikistan » Dushanbe August 13th 2016

Here we are, my last leg of my little Central Asia adventure. I know I'm already two months behind on my blogging....and yet, this is not the last blog for this summer! Sadly, I'm running short on available time. So my discovery of Tajikistan will be limited to the capital Dushanbe. Most tourists making their way to Dushanbe will do to ride the Pamir Highway. This is the highest highway in the world, opening the way to the great West of China. So this will be another trip for me, for another year.... Tajikistan have just started a month before my visit an online visa. So I was not going to wait the airport to make sure I had the visa. Job done. I'm flying in one more time with Air Astana, this time from Almaty. ... read more
Mongol Rally, I have a friend doing it, and met different cars at different times of my trip...
No lounge open today, but they are giving me free flow of Cloudy Bay complementary...I will not complain!
Dushanbe Central Market




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