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Karakul lake
Published: 20 january 2017

The greatest lake of the Pamir is the salt unique lake Karakul. It is situated at an altitude of 3914 meters above sea level. Its depth is 236 meters. It is considered that the lake appeared during the ice age and the bottom of the lake and several of its shores for many kilometers are covered by permafrost. It's interesting! Karakul is translated as “Black lake”. But the water level of Karakul is not black (as its name is translated), it is ultramarine, blue, green, depending  on refraction of light, which falls on the clear water surface. But besides the picturesque view, one can meet pasturing yaks.  There are only small kinds of fish, such as loaches, in the lake. Karakul environs have no exuberant vegetation, but, nevertheless, the Karakul lake is one of the most beautiful lakes in the world - the blue shimmering surface, in which the high rugged peaks of the...

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Valley of Forty Girls
Published: 11 february 2016

 Nature is the main attractions of Tajikistan and no one can stay indifferent of it. They are emerald lakes of Fan Mountains, scenic national parks, healing hot springs and others. Childuhtaron Valley located in the south of Tajikistan is also interesting place to visit. Its main attraction is unusual pyramid-shaped rocks. They proudly rise above the valley, reminding proud slender girls. The height of the rocks is more than 60 meters. Legends  Childuhtaron Valley translated as Valley of Forty girls and there’s interesting legend about it. According to it, 40 towering over the valley rocks were once beautiful and charming girls. But one day valley was captured by invaders and girls were taken as concubines.  Girls prayed and asked Allah to turn them into silent stones. From that time we can see these beautiful pyramid-shaped rocks here. There’s another legend a...

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Museum of Khorog
Published: 16 july 2015

Khorog is unique city that is called the roof of the world by local people. This region is mountainous and even in summer snow remains on slopes. But not only nature attracts tourists to this region. There’s an interesting museum situated in the main street of Khorog. Museum of Khorog It’s a one-story building that is a museum founded by Kyrgyzbek Khushkadamov in 1944. When you come into the museum you can see primitive man sitting in a cave that represents the beginning of the history of Pamir. There’s also handicraft sector in the museum where tourists can learn about mill and mortar instruments from different parts of Central Asia. It’s interesting but you can see even mousetrap there – because mice were very harmful to the economy and local people tried to defend their resources for winter. Interesting items But the most interesting item in the museu...

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Tranditional costume nowadays
Published: 13 april 2015

There’re 2 types of traditional costume in Tajikistan: the Northern and the Southern. The composition of both Tajiks costumes is the same, but ornamentation and semantics of many motifs, decorations and forms of headwear differed.   Women’s dress Modern designers are interested in traditional Tajik dress because of its functionality, comfort, simplicity and beauty. The main components of women’s costume are shirt dress, belted clothing (sharvar), kerchiefs of scarves and headdress (skullcap – tupi). One of the main parts of Tajik women’s costume is belted clothing in the form of the sharvar. They fastened at the waist with a belt made of braid, threaded through at the top of the trousers. The sharvar’s existence in modern dress indicates that they are standart because of its convenience, function, beauty and the format. Monochrome fabrics are mo...

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Tajik wedding
Published: 03 december 2014

As is known, wedding is one of the major events in the life of every man. Today we would like to tell you about the traditions and customs of the Kyrgyz wedding. Unlike the other Central Asian people, the Tajik wedding ceremony is held very original and unique way. But first things first. Let’s start with the most important ceremony - matchmaking. Here as a rule speak about the kalym and engagement day as well as bride and groom’s parents get acquainted. Engagement has the next meanings: kabuldaron (agreement to posses), oshkhurakon (pilaf treat) and oklik (purity, whiteness). This day groom’s relatives bring trays with delicious meal to bride’s house. The first tray full of wedding bread is brought for happy family life, the second one with ingredients for wedding pilaf, the third one with sweets, so that the life of the newly-weds to be sweet. There are also nec...

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Lenin Peak
Published: 16 october 2014

Lenin Peak is one of the highest mountain peaks in the Pamirs, located on the border of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, in Zaalaskiy Range. Height of the peak is 7134 meters. The first descriptions of the top were made by the outstanding Russian traveler A.P. Fedchenko in 1871. I t was known as Kaufman peak until 1928, after it was renamed toLenin Peak. This year there were made the first climbing by German alpinists. There is a plateau on the top of the peak. The climate is continental.Sumeris short and cold. The daily temperature is so unstable that can vary from +50 degrees Celsius till -30 degree.  Lenin Peak is a huge array, from the northern and southern slopes of which run down a lot of glaciers:Lenin Peak(length 13.5 km) Large Saukdara (20.6 km). Northern and southern slopes are very dangerous, so most of the researchers avoid it. The best time for climbing is August month. On th...

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Cultural heritage of the Tajik people
Published: 18 july 2014

The national culture of Tajikistan has ancient history. The Tajiks consider themselves as the informants and keepers of thousand-year-old traditions, related to the culture of the whole Persian-speaking area. The state emphasizes its continuity with the early medieval state formations, first of all, the Samanids power with its capital in Bukhara. It is believed that during this period the Tajik ethnos was formed. In 1999 the Republic celebrated the 1100th anniversary of the Samanid state. Shakh Ismoil Somoni, the patron of arts and sciences, is highly respected among the Tajiks. The highest peak (the former Communism Peak, 7495 meters) was named in his honor.The golden age of classical Persian-Tajik culture, especially literature (Rudaki, Firdousi, Saadi and others) fell on the end of the I - first centuries of the II millennium AD. The advanced stage came at the end of the XIX century a...

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National holidays of Tajikistan
Published: 30 june 2014

In Tajikistan, as in all Muslim countries, the most common and solemn festivals are Nowruz, Kurban and Ramadan, as well as Independence Day and New Year.Idi Kurban or Feast of Sacrifice is celebrated 70 days after the end of the month of Ramadan, when all believers keep a fast. There is a legend, once one of the ancestors of the peoples of northern Arabia Ibrahim saw Allah in his dream, who told him to bring to sacrifice his son Ishmael. When he was ready to kill the boy, Allah was sure in his devotion and told him to bring him a lamb. So, this day every faithful Muslim sacrifices a sheep or lamb. Meat is used for family holiday meal, the rest is given to the poor people.Snowdrop feast is celebrated before Nowruz holiday. It is known that Tajikistan is a mountainous country, that’s why here you can see these beautiful flowers. When the mountains are covered by snowdrops, local chil...

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Iskanderkul lake
Published: 19 may 2014

The Iskanderkul lake is situated in the Fann Mountains, in the separated mountain region, which is located in the North of Tajikistan, between the Gissar and Zeravshan ranges of the Pamir-Alay, at an altitude of 2200 meters.As the legends tell, the Iskanderkul lake got its name in honor of Alexander the Great, who in the East was known as Iskander Zulkarnay (two-horned Iskander). The word “Kul” means “lake”, hence “Iskanderkul” appeared.  Alexander of Macedon supposedly was here on his way from Central Asia to India.There are two legends about appearing this lake. The first legend tells that during the Indian march Alexander the Great came across the settlement, which didn’t want to give up. Then he ordered to direct the riverbeds on this settlement and to drown it. As a result the lake appeared.Another legend is more poetic. It tells that d...

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Tajik national park
Published: 05 december 2013

  Tajik national park was established on July 20, 1992 by Government of the Republic of Tajikistan. Its main purpose is the preservation of unique nature resources, endangers species of flora and fauna, as well as natural monuments of history and culture.     Here, in this beautiful corner of the world, you can admire the landscape of green valleys and majestic mountains. First of all, Tajik National Park is beautiful alpine meadows, lakes with clear water, mountain forests. You can also see here rare species of animals such as bears, snow leopards, marmots and birds of prey. Its total area is 2.6 million hectares, including Badahshan Autonomous Region, Tavildar and Dzhirgatal areas, as well as the central part of the Pamir-Alai with many mountain ranges. Its territory is specially protected natural area in Tajikistan. There are alpine lakes such as Karakul and Sarez, moun...

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Tajik national clothes
Published: 03 june 2013

Depending on the area of residence, traditional Tajik clothing differs only in details. So, men’s clothes consists of a wide cotton shirt, loose pants, robe, belt, skullcap and turban. Shirt was worn outside tying with belt. Also it was worn robe of color or striped cotton fabric. An important detail of the costume was knitted stockings - "dzhurab" and leather boots with soft soles - "choruk". In mountainous areas, men wore soft high boots, stockings - "mahsi", which were worn leather overshoes. Lightweight and unlined robe was worn in summer, and warm coat quilted to bottom was worn in winter.   Skullcap is a headdress.  It was low conical cap decorated with colored embroidery. In the mountain area men wore turban. The square black skullcap with white embroidery became popular in XX century. Later it became a major part of women's headdress.   Women's clothes&n...

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Pamir Mountains
Published: 08 october 2012

The Pamir Mountains are locally known as Bam-I-Danyan (“World’s roof”, “Pa-mi-ikhr” in Farsi, that can be translated as “the foot of the Sun God”), and once you find yourself in the Pamirs, the origin of these poetic names will immediately appear in the majestic panorama, which will open before your eyes. The Pamirs are the injection, from which the highest mountains in the world branch out, they include the Karakoram and the Himalayas in the South, the Hindu Kush in the West and the Tian Shan in the Northeast. The net of deep and wide valleys lies between mountain peaks up to 7,000 meters and higher, numerous plateau cross the gorges of rapid mountain streams, and the steeps, which are deformed with the titanic forces of the earth shine like a rainbow from the output ledges; but the Pamirs, unfortunately, are too high for human settlement, it is...

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