Shashbuvad Fort

The Pamir Highway

This 8th-century Shashbuvad Fort is easily missed as it resembles an unfinished local house but it makes a necessary leg-stretch on this long and rough leg of the journey.

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3. Canyon Viewpoint

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5. Buddhist Stupa

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