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Introducing Istaravshan

Called Kir by the Parthians, Cyropol by Alexander the Great and Ura-Tyube by the Russians, this small historic town has one of the best preserved old towns in Tajikistan, punctuated with some lovely traditional architecture. Bukhara it’s not, but then there aren’t any tourists either.

You can easily visit Istaravshan as either a day trip from Khojand or as an overnight stop en route to Dushanbe.