Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Dushanbe

Ethnography Museum

Sharing the same complex as the National Museum of Antiquities, this small museum houses an exquisite collection of traditional Tajikistan clothing (including a great set of woollen socks and gloves that seem dispro…
Top Choice Park in Dushanbe

Rudaki Park

Extensive Rudaki Park, with its beautiful canopy of mature trees, offers a series of pathways through flower gardens and alongside lakes and fountains. Home to the giant flagpole and a much-photographed statue of Ru…
Top Choice Statue in Dushanbe

Statue of Ismoil Somoni

One of Dushanbe’s most impressive modern monuments, this statue celebrates the 10th-century founder of the Samanid dynasty. With an art-deco quality to the design of the monument's golden casing and a prominent posi…
Fort in Dushanbe

Hissar Fort

Pictured on the 20TJS banknote and just 30km west of Dushanbe, the remains of this 18th-century fort make for an interesting day trip from the capital. All that survived a 1924 Russian assault is the twin-towered ga…
Statue in Dushanbe

Rudaki Statue

Beneath an impressive arc of blue mosaic stars, the nation's most revered poet, Rudaki, is honoured here at the heart of the central park named after him. Tajiki people will tell you that besides the Koran, a book o…
Museum in Dushanbe

National Museum

Tajikistan's national museum is housed in an impressive modern building with an elliptical roof and giant atrium. The collection encompasses three main sections – natural history, archaeology and contemporary fine a…
Museum in Dushanbe

National Museum of Antiquities of Tajikistan

Looking almost as aged as some of the exhibits it houses, this dusty old museum, with its threadbare carpets and uneven floors, has a certain charm about it, not least for the quality of the collection therein and t…
Lake in Dushanbe

Nurek Reservoir

Nurek Reservoir is 70km long and the world's second highest dam. Its remarkable opal-blue water, set within a pastoral landscape and edged with mountains, is a striking sight from the A385 – the main highway south f…
Museum in Dushanbe

Gurminj Museum

Hidden within a private family compound behind unmarked green gates is a precious collection of antique musical instruments originating from across Central Asia. The collection took over 20 years to assemble and was…
Landmark in Dushanbe

Bayrak

Built to commemorate 20 years of independence, the world's second tallest flagpole stands at 165m and is the centrepiece of Dushanbe's central ensemble of parks, fountains and grand new civic buildings including the…