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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 Ukrainian in Dushanbe

Traktir Konservator

In an unprepossessing alley near the Opera House, this surprisingly atmospheric restaurant is a treat both in terms of its rural Russian decor (think theatre posters, heavy beams and samovars) and extensive Ukrainia…
Top Choice International in Dushanbe

Rudaki Restaurant

Offering a full à la carte menu in addition to an excellent buffet selection, the Rudaki Restaurant at the Serena Hotel is a popular choice for a celebration. When it's not too windy, tables are set under the trees …
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 Fortress in Khojand

Citadel

The city’s top sight is the citadel, the reconstructed corner of which is open to visitors. From the top of the 10th-century ramparts, the disintegrating baked-earth walls suggest hints of the seven gates and 6km of…
Top Choice Market in Khojand

Panchshanbe Bazaar

The core of this great bazaar, reputedly the largest in Central Asia, is an unusually elegant, purpose-built hall (1964) with arched entrance portals and a pink-and-lime-green neoclassical facade. If not the largest…
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 Central Asian in Penjikent

Sayokhat

Penjikent's most imaginative eatery, this eccentric wooden structure with its timber stairways and cosy booths is festooned with traditional artefacts and beautiful Tajiki textiles. The delightful owner, Sharif Bada…
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…