Best places to visit in Tajikistan

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Tajikistan occupies the geographical spot, 39°00’North and 71°00’East. It is located in Central Asia surrounded by Afghanistan (South), China (East), Kyrgyzstan (North), and Uzbekistan (East). Not only that, the interior is surrounded by various landmasses from mountains to valleys, too.

In particular, the State with Dushanbe as the capital city is divided into four administrative regions. These are Gorno-Badakhshan, Khatlon, Sughd, and Region of Republican Subordination. In turn, these are subdivided into 58 districts which further branch out into 367 jamoats (towns).

The territory is comprised of 143,100 sq km which is mostly attributed to land area. In fact, 99% of which is land while only 1% is water. Land distribution is characterized by arable land (6%), forest and woodlands (3%), non-agricultural land (72%), pasture land (21%), and vegetation land (1%). Waters are limited to rivers, waterfalls, and lakes.

Tajikistan is home to impressive land and water system. Major mountain ranges which comprise 93% of the territorial area are the Alay and Pamir mountains. These mountains form three of the highest peaks such as Ismoil Somoni Peak, Ibn Sina Peak, and Peak Korzhenevskaya . Main river system is composed of Amu Darya, Syr Darya, and Zeravshan embraced by mountain formations.

Undoubtedly, this Central Asian wonder has great local destinations, too. These include natural attractions such as caves (Kuhi-Malik, Matatash, and Rangkul), craters (Bazar-Dara meteorite crater and Murghab meteorite craters), lakes (Usoi Dam Lake and Sarez Lake), springs (Garm Chashma, Issyk Bulak, Jarajand Travertine, and Khoja Sangkhok), and waterfalls (Chartym, Matraun, and Ovchug).

There are also historical attractions such as mausoleums (Hodja Nashron Mausoleum, Khazrati Shoh Mausoleum, and Mausoleum of Hoji Muhammad Bashoro), medieval settlements (Ancient Panjakent, Ancient Shahristan, and Ancient Takhti-Sangin), monuments (Ak-Jilga petroglyphs, Lyangar petroglyphs, and Marguzor petroglyphs), and temples (Ajina-Teppe Buddhist monastery, and Vrang Buddhist caves and stupa).

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