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Asia » Tajikistan » Dushanbe October 18th 2014

On the road again, As I am preparing to leave this beautiful land of Tajik, I like to post just a few of the local architecture for those who may have an interest in it. There are majestic buildings around this town that were built during the yesteryears of the Soviet era, when Russia consisted of fifteen different countries, which are independent today. The triangular building in the photo is the famous Dushanbe City Hall. The beauty of the Soviet architecture in this region has earned my respect and admiration. I don’t know much about the history of architecture, but the structures here give me a sense of an ancient spirit. The newer buildings which are being built by the Tajiks today, in the absent of Russians , are vividly of lower quality today. Our Western ... read more
Doshanbe City Hall
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School Lineup

Asia » Tajikistan » Dushanbe October 15th 2014

On The Tajiks Culture Life in Tajikistan appear to be stress free. Faces on the streets are calm and I have yet to see someone looking distrusted or angry. In an interesting way I feel this people somehow are closer to my roots as a ‘Persian.’ The culture feel like Persian here; not an Iranian; a very strange feeling. Tajiks’ religiosity is Moslem مسلم without being Islamist or Evangelist. Government of Tajikistan is pushing to remove the mosques buy refusing to renew their land lease. It is a respectable way of exercising your religion without having to push it down people's throat with advertising or religious banners and propagandas all over the town, like we see in Iran. Walking kilometers everyday around here, I have not seen any mosques or heard the sound of Azon and ... read more
Tajik alphabet conversion to Farsi
Can you read this in Farsi? Try using the conversion table.
Noass or نا س in Tajiki

Asia » Tajikistan » Dushanbe October 13th 2014

Saturday October 10, 2014 – Dushanbe, Tajikistan I finally made it to Tajikistan a few days ago. I have had a unknown wish to see this country for a while now. Unknown because I really didn’t know what attracts me to see this land other than they speak Farsi and to me this was exciting, as I have never experienced being in any country that speak Farsi outside of Iran. I arrived in Dushanbe the capital of Tajikistan on a flight from Moscow. By the time I applied and received an entry visa at the airport all passengers and suitcases where out of the baggage area and no sign on my suitcase. A major disappointment. After going through a lot of ordeals with the baggage people, I was told to check back tomorrow to see if ... read more
street fruit vendor
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A meal with Safar Ali at his village Amon Sheikhi


The Roof of the World includes Tajikistan's Pamir Mountains located in Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Province (GBAO) as well as other significant mountain ranges of South-Central Asia: the Himalayas, Tien Shan, Karakorum, and Hindu Kush. After Dushanbe, I spent almost 3 weeks traveling around the Pamir region on the way back to Kyrgyzstan. There were huge numbers of tourists, not as many as in Uzbekistan which was absolutely mobbed, but more than any other region in Central Asia. It's easy to understand why - the scenery is spectacular and the Pamiris are very friendly. Currently in Saint Petersburg, Russia after a very long flight from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan to Moscow via already freezing Siberia then an overnight train. Nice to be back here but it's way colder than my 2 previous visits in July, 2011 and June, 2012 but ... read more
Rokhi Safed - Bon Voyage!
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Afghan Market

Asia » Tajikistan » Fan Mountains August 30th 2014

Being in the former USSR, I'm finding it difficult to avoid the vodka theme based traveling. I had every intention of heading straight to the Fan Mountains from Dushanbe, Tajikistan's capital, but while traveling in the share taxi to Sarvoda I was invited by my fellow passengers to their family's house in Aydin for a pre-wedding party (the wedding would take place the following weekend). I initially tried to politely refuse because I only had 2 days for the mountains, but when we got to Sarvoda kind of late in the afternoon I was asked again and accepted. From the moment I walked through the door last Saturday it was a Tajik feeding frenzy with piles of bread, fruit, yogurt, meat, and plov the ubiquitous Central Asian dish that I'd somehow not yet eaten during the ... read more
Iskander Kol
На Здоровья!
Unconscionable Amounts of Food

Asia » Tajikistan » Dushanbe July 25th 2014

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Asia » Tajikistan » Dushanbe July 22nd 2014

DUSHANBE TUESDAY 22.7.14 I must have been tired when posting yesterday, the relevant date was 21.7.14. Today I flew to Dushanbe. Was told I would be collected at 11 am, but driver arrived 8.50 am saying we must be at airport by 9 am to catch flight., so HURRY. A Bad Start. So quickly changed clothes, finished packing and arrived airport 9.05. As it turned out no aircraft there and in fact finally departed at 10.50. No explanation for wrong instructions, USD 10 + USD 160 for ticket please. Was this to be today's story? Got up at 5.30 to pack truck with bike and tent bag. Chatted to arriving riders ready for meeting and departure. Beautiful mild morning. Most wanted another rest day as Khorog had been a good camping spot. Today's ride up and ... read more
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Asia » Tajikistan » Khorog July 21st 2014

KHOROG. MONDAY 21.5.14 At last I can report a positive day! I slept until 7.30, then woke with concern that I had missed breakfast, which would have been a major disappointment as it was delicious, the best yet. Later, I decided to go downtown with one of the new riders from Kashgar, Robin, a pleasant overly clever woman of mid 30's. The Tuk Tuk style van to travel 5 Kms was 3 Som, about 60 cents total. I could get used to these expenses. The road borders the river separating Afghanistan, this northern view looks quite interesting. Saw plenty of walled villas, and couldn't help but wonder who lurks behind them! Arrived in town on market day, standard country market. Got an interesting photo of a policeman and his hat, who was happy to pose, as ... read more
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Asia » Tajikistan » Khorog July 20th 2014

CHINA BORDERLANDS. DAY 1, WEDNESDAY 9.7.14 Distance: 54 Kms SubT. 4,900 Kms Bal 7,525 Kms Road Condition: generally highway. Weather: mild temp. Cooler start then. Hot in afternoon. Time in Saddle: 2 hrs Av Speed: av. 27 kph. Elevation: 700 m : Decent little M Calories burned : 2800 36 cycling days. DAILY AVERAGE 132. 45 Kms. Today we officially left China. Bused to lunch as we only had 2 hours to get through immigration 11-1. So TL thought best to bus to lunch then ride to immigration then on to campsite. At immigration had to unload vehicles off truck to go through an unwatched scanner then load them back onto bus. Seemingly solely a bureaucratic function. All went smoothly and now officially out of China, however border gate is still 140kms west. We pass through ... read more
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Asia » Tajikistan » Dushanbe July 20th 2014

Dushanbe – the capital of Tajikistan for those who haven’t devoted their recent leisure time to scrutinising maps of Central Asia – is a city that doesn’t let you in easily. It doesn’t readily open its arms to receive the stranger. There’s no tacit “Hey, come over here! This is where it’s at!”. It’s not that it’s at all unwelcoming to the visitor; it’s just too busy having its own life to stop and accommodate yours. Or such has been my impression after three days here. Not the longest period of time, I’d be the first to admit, particularly when I’ve struggled to wake much before midday, recovering from the challenges of the last few months and replenishing the batteries for the adventure that lies ahead. But even so. Maybe it’s the language – and alphabet ... read more
home, sweet home...when we eventually found it!
squirrel heaven...
not quite your local Starbucks




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