Ladies in bazaar, southern Tajikistan

Tajikistan

Nestled on Afghanistan’s northern border, Tajikistan is a beautiful land of sweeping mountain views and warm, generous people.

Lying along Afghanistan’s northern border, most of Tajikistan’s population belong to the Persian-speaking Tajik ethnic group, who share language, culture and history with both Afghanistan and Iran.

Starkly beautiful, remote and beguiling, mountains cover more than 90% of the country and include such famous names as Peak Lenin and Peak Communism both towering at over 7,000 metres.

Yashil Lake, Bulunkul, Tajikistan
Yashil Lake, Tajikistan
Bread seller, Tajikistan
Bread seller in Tajikistan
Madrasa e Kohna, Hisor, Tajikistan
Madrasa e Kohna, Hisor,Tajikistan

What to expect on your Tajikistan holiday with Steppes

There are few places in the world quite as remote as the mountains of Tajikistan and for the moment it must remain the preserve of the individual who recognises that despite all the best-laid plans and our own extensive knowledge, an itinerary in Tajikistan should be considered an aim rather than as carved in stone. This is one of the many reasons that we love Tajikistan and because it is wild and one of the last forgotten corners of the globe.

 

Explore Tajikistan

  • Dushanbe
  • Khujand
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Uzbekistan

Experiences

A selection of activities and experiences you could consider including in your holiday to Tajikistan.

Front Gate of Hissor Fort, Dushanbe, Tajikstan

Hissor Fort

Built between the 16th and 19th centuries, Hissor Fort contains a ruined citadel, two madrasas, a caravanserai and a mausoleum.

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Traditional Pamiri house, Tajikistan

Tajikistan 4WD

Journey along the Afghan border through the Pamir Mountains, visiting remote villages on the way.

Scenery, Tajikistan

Trek in the Fan Mountains

Trek through the spectacular scenery of the Fan Mountains amidst jagged peaks and turquoise lakes – walks range from a one day lake loop to multi day hikes for the more adventurous.

One of Tajikistans Seven Marguzor Lakes in a steep valley.

Muragazor Lakes

Visit this system of seven lakes, whose colours change as the light alters.

Yak, Karakul Lake, Tajikistan

Lake Kara-Kul

Formed by a meteor strike some 10 million years ago, Lake Kara Kul sits 3,915 metres above sea-level – surrounded by nomadic grazing land.

National Museum of Dushanbe

Buddha in Nirvana Statue

See one of the largest Buddha statues in the world at the Museum of Antiquities in Dushanbe.

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A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Paul Craven

Paul is the Conde Nast Traveller chosen Specialist for Central Asia and the Silk Route.

Being from a family with Army connections I can from an early age remember travelling. From camping in Europe and then later being sent to boarding school when we lived in Germany at the age of eight, complete with shorts, long socks, a cap and my suitcase. In appearance not too dissimilar to the children evacuated to the countryside during the blitz.

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