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Top Choice Cultural in Khorog

Roof of the World Festival

This annual celebration of culture was initiated as a small scale festival in Khorog in 2008 and has expanded to become a regional expression of traditional Pamir customs and values. Dancers, artists, craftspeople a…
Top Choice Cultural in Murgab

At Chabysh

Aimed at reviving and strengthening the traditions of horsemanship of the Kyrgyz Pamirs, this annual festival features traditional horse sports interspersed with musical recitals and poetry recitations. It also incl…
Top Choice Indian in Khorog

Delhi Darbar

This is the most popular meeting place in Khurog, largely perhaps because it's exciting to find anyone even attempting to offer Indian cuisine in such a remote corner of Central Asia – and Delhi Darbar does a partic…
Top Choice Fortress in Kulob

Hulbuk Fortress

Destroyed by the Mongols, the sparse remnants of this fortified palace have been undergoing excavation since 1951 and now a fine reconstruction of the palace walls, complete with minaret and battlements, has been co…
Viewpoint in Kulob

Shurabad Pass

With any luck, there will be enough light left in the day after any delays crossing the Shurabad Pass to enjoy the first glimpse of the raging Pyanj River – a constant companion throughout a Pamir Hwy journey – at t…
Lake in Alichur

Balun-Kul

Mirrorlike lake Bulun-Kul (3737m) looks magnificent in the morning light, reflecting the mineral streaks of a low, multicoloured ridge opposite. The water's edge invites a picnic but the bitter wind and tiny fire an…
Grill in Alichur

Stolovaya

Right beside the Ak-Balyk (White Fish) spring near the Km840 marker on the Pamir Hwy, an enterprising cook has set up a lonely shop selling delicious fried fish from the spring-fed ponds. Customers can eat in peace …
Park in Khorog

Central Park

It’s hard to believe that Khorog’s Central Park was dug up to grow crops during the famine of the 1990s. It has since been renovated by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture and is now a delightful place to read a book or …
Central Asian in Khorog

Chaykhana Parinen

Deservedly popular for pre-prepared lunches, manty (steamed meat dumplings), shashlyk and chilled flagons of kompot (fruit cordial), this extensive, easily missed chaykhana is pleasantly situated at the riverside wi…
Pizza in Khorog

Lal Cafe

Attached to Lal Hotel and with access to the seating pavilion in the hotel garden, this fun, bright cafe is decorated with traditional patterns, and musical instruments are hung from the ceiling. Vegetarians may be …