One of the world’s least known countries, landlocked Tajikistan in the heart of Central Asia is a true discoverer’s paradise for the intrepid traveller and has started earning itself a place on the global tourist map.
From the unexplored Alpine region of Fannski Gori to the legendary Pamirs, its stunning mountains are undoubtedly the country’s biggest asset. But its ancient culture and history come a close second.
Its nine million strong population are predominantly ethnic Tajiks professing Sunni Islam while the people of the autonomous Pamir region speak their own language and follow the Ismaili branch of Shia Islam. There are also ethnic Uzbeks, Kyrgyz, Russians and others.
Dushanbe is where the Soviet Union’s legacy is most visible but a frenzied construction boom currently threatens to transform this pleasant city beyond recognition.
Most countries can now apply for a visa online via the Tajik government website https://www.visa.gov.tj/index.html