Dushanbe - Post Report Question and Answers

What have been the highlights of your time in this country? Best trips or experiences?

The mountains and nature are stunning. There are tons of hiking trails within an easy drive of Dushanbe, and for those wanting to go further, check out Iskanderkul, Seven Lakes, or Laylakul. A trip to the Pamir Mountains was an incredible highlight. You can camp at the reservoir at Nurek or enjoy a trip to the floating house there. - Aug 2021

We have loved all of the hiking - the mountains just outside the city have offered ample opportunity to escape into the beauty of nature. - Apr 2021

The mountains are gorgeous. The people here are amazingly friendly. Ge out and explore! - Jun 2020

Most Tajik or Silk Road history is actually in Uzbekistan. Taking a trip there to see Samarkand, Bukhara, and Khiva (this is much further away) is a must. That was my best experience during my tour. For the last 3-4 years the CLO has organized a yearly road trip to go there. The drive along the Afghan border into GBAO stopping at Khorugh is incredible as long as GBAO is open. Khujand, up north, is a more modern city than Dushanbe and a nice drive as well. - Dec 2015

Visiting a part of the world I otherwise would never have seen. - Jun 2014

The people are welcoming and hospitable and I've never eaten better tomatoes and strawberries in my life. Some of the best local dished are shashlik, lipioshka, Plov, samosas, lagman soup and sliced tomatoes and cucumbers.......the one thing we regret is that we didn't buy more suzani fabrics. You can't have too many. - Mar 2014

Admittedly we have not embraced the country or the people. While we traveled extensively at our last overseas assignment - we have not been motivated to do that here. It's not a great match for us but many people absolutely love the people. And, travel outside of the city is supposed to be just gorgeous. - Oct 2013

Meeting the local people. They are friendly and like to talk. However if you do not speak Russian or Tajik, it's very difficult to communicate. - Jan 2012

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