Attractions

Gardens in Jafr

Jafr Agro-Eco Centre

Botanist, poet and collector Mirzosho Akobirov has spent decades planting seeds and saplings of numerous local and exotic fruit trees in his extensive botanical garden. Many trees have curiously grafted several frui…
Archaeological Site in Kalai-Khum

Hulbuk Palace

Between the 9th and 11th centuries, Hulbuk was one of the four biggest cites of Central Asia and seat of te Shah of Khatlon. It guarded a giant salt hill which was of great trading value as well as forming part of t…
Museum in Yamg

House-Museum of Mubarak Kadam Wakhani

Some 500m off the main road in Yamg is the reconstructed house museum of Sufi mystic, astronomer and musician Mubarak Kadam Wakhani (1843–1903). One room contains typical ethnographic artefacts plus books and manusc…
Rock Art in Langar

Petroglyphs

Rock faces on the steep slopes above Langar are inscribed with over 6000 petroglyphs. Climbing to see them adds further to the great mountain views across the valley junction but it is hard to tell ancient carvings…
Museum in Dushanbe

National Museum

Opened in 2013, the impressively airy National Museum is especially strong on archaeological exhibits, both real and recreated. The reconstruction of the Ajina-Tepe Buddhist monastery site is particularly successful…
Mosque in Khojand

Sheikh Massal ad-Din complex

In striking comparison to the bazaar opposite, this religious complex comprises the 1394 brick mausoleum of Sheikh Massal ad-Din (1133–1223), covered porticoes with carved wooden pillars, a 20th-century mosque with …
Museum in Namadgut

Namadguti Museum

Facing the eastern knoll of the Khaakha fortress, the most interesting element of visiting this fairly minimal museum is dressing up in a Pamiri chakman (judo-style woolen robe) and hat, or listening to director Odi…
Hot Springs in Western Tajik Wakhan

Garam Chashma

For local, Garam Chasma is the Pamirs' most popular open-air hot spring pool. Photos show a fine cascde of white and coloured mineral overhangs creating a cupped bowl somewhat reminiscent of Pamukkale in Turkey. How…
Museum in Dushanbe

National Museum of Antiquities of Tajikistan

Though the interior is dowdy and poorly illuminated, the archaeological collection here is excellent. In many cases what you'll see are the originals from which copies were made for the outwardly far grander new Nat…
Museum in Penjikent

Rudaki Museum

This rather elegant museum does assign a room to Abu Abdullah Rudaki (858–941), the Samanid court 'father of Persian poetry', whose modern mausoleum is 58km east of Penjikent at Panjrud. However, it's more interesti…