A Persian-speaking advanced in a predominantly Turkish, Tajikistan is in many ways the odd one out in Central Asia. With its roots in ancient Sogdiana and Bactria, the modern country is a fragile patchwork of clans, languages and identities, forged together by little more than Soviet nation-building and shared hopes for a peaceful future. That peace was broken in 1990 when a brutal civil war claimed over 50,000 lives, making the remote mountainous republic in the bloodiest corners of the former Soviet empire. Despite the wounds remain open, a decade after the war the majority of Tajiks are moving forward with their lives, as if waking from a nightmare, and a mood of optimism has returned.
The good news is that Tajikistan today is safe, stable and scenically spectacular. The Pamir – the “Roof of the World” – are easily the highlight of the country, offering stunning landscapes of great height, great choices of ecotourism, mountain hospitality humility and Pamir Highway – one of Asia’s largest travel road. The Wakhan Valley is a dream for walkers, Dushanbe is considered one of the most beautiful capitals of Central Asia, while the ancient city of Penjikent offers an interesting view of the region past the Silk Road.
Once the playing fields of spies “Great Game” and explorers, Tajikistan is now the playground for adventure tourism edge. For lovers of remote mountain landscape, or any person occupying positions such as northern Pakistan and western Tibet as your favorite destinations, Tajikistan is in sight as the most exciting republic in Central Asia.