Tajikistan: travel books to read before you go
This excerpt from Lonely Planet’s Central Asia guide provides a selection of travel literature to get you in the mood for your trip...
Places in Tajikistan
Gorno-Badakhshan (eastern Tajikistan) is almost a different country and indeed it has its own special entry requirements. Officially called Kohistani Badakhshan, though commonly abbreviated to GBAO for its Soviet-era name (Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast), the region accounts for 45% of Tajikistan’s territory but only 3% of its population.
Northern Tajikistan's main city, Khojand, sits on a cartographic periscope that pokes up between Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan to peer into the mouth of the Fergana Valley. The M34 road that heads there from Dushanbe, dramatically traverses the Hissar, Zerafshan/Fan and Turkestan mountain ranges.