Attractions

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…
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 …
Viewpoint in Kalai-Khum

Afghan Village Viewpoint

Perhaps the most appealing stretch of the A385 is between Rogak and Khostov (after the popular Yakhchi Hisor roadside springs). From this vantage point it's possible to peer across the Pyanj River to admire a pictur…
Park in Khorog

Pamir Botanical Gardens

At the entrance to the Shokh Dara Valley, 5km east of town, this arboretum encompasses a couple of hundred hectares of parkland and is claimed to be the world’s second-highest botanical garden. In addition to the ma…
Shrine in Shokh Dara Valley

Ancient Shrine

Set within a traditional walled enclosure and now protected within an octagonal cover added in the 1990s, this is one of several authentic ancient Ismaili shrines in the Shokh Dara Valley. It's possible to enter the…
Market in Khorog

Saturday Market

Some 5km west of Khorog, a bridge linking Afghanistan with Tajikistan crosses the river at the point where the Gunt merges with the Pyanj. Every Saturday Afghan traders are usually permitted to cross the bridge onto…
Museum in Khorog

Regional Museum

This fascinating Soviet-style old-school museum exhibits crampons and the first Russian piano to arrive in Badakhshan (10 Russian soldiers spent two months carrying it over the mountains from Osh in 1913) along with…
Mausoleum in Kulob

Mir Sayid Ali Hamadani Mausoleum

This mausoleum is the burial site of a much revered 14th-century polymath, Mir Sayid Ali Hamadani. Decorated with a golden dome and meticulous brickwork, the site, with its beautiful flower garden, attracts visitors…
Lake in Shokh Dara Valley

Durum-Kul Viewpoint

In the village of Sezhd (Km71), a tough, easily missed 4WD track spirals up and over a dusty ridge finally petering out after 6km in the green, very disparate hamlet of Durum (population 12). From here a 40-minute w…