Book a best Tajikistan tour to discover one of the oldest states in the world, a land of mountains and cities. Visit the pure alpine lakes of Iskanderkul and Karakul, climb into the heights of the Pamir Mountains, or come down to the cities of the Great Silk Road: Khujand, Penjikent and Istaravshan, where merchants came to make their fortunes and travelers rested on their long journeys.
Many travelers come to Tajikistan to experience the famous Pamir Highway. Some of the best Tajikistan tours take adventure-seekers along the Pamir Highway, which covers the high passes and deep valleys of the Pamir Mountains. Because of the harsh climate, there are relatively few people living in the Pamirs, and so the landscapes are some of the most pure and untouched in the world. Karakul, a lake that formed in a meteor impact crater, is also a popular destination. Also popular are the Fann Mountains, in western Tajikistan, famous for Iskenderkul, a turquoise lake surrounded by picturesque mountains. Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie who wants to go rafting or hiking, or you’re just looking for a spot to get away from the rush of civilization, Tajikistan has something for everyone.
As the only Persian-speaking state in Central Asia, Tajikistan has a different feel than its neighbors. In the lower and flatter lands towards the north are Khujand, Penjikent, and Dushanbe, well known as centers along the Silk Road, and have long traditions of craftsmanship, literary talent, and intellectualism. In the Pamir Mountains, where the harsh terrain keeps villages isolated from each other, so villages have their own dialects and traditions. Overall, people in Tajikistan are open and friendly, and are welcoming to foreigners. Plus, make sure to try Tajikistan’s most famous dishes, which are especially delicious when cooked at home.
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Early morning transfer to Uzbekistan-Tajikistan border Oybek (100 km, 1 h. 30 min.). Customs and passport control on both sides, cross the border, meet Tajik local guide and driver. Drive to Khujand (70 km, 1 h.). Sightseeing in Khujand includes Republican Historical-Ethnographic Museum, Timur Malik Fortress, Archeological Museum, Mosque and Madrasah of Sheikh Muslehiddin, Panjshanbe Bazaar.
Overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast, drive to Istaravshan and have a short sightseeing tour upon arrival. Visit Mug Tepa, one of the ancient settlements in Tajikistan. Continue to Khazrati Shoh architectural complex that consists of Khazrati Shoh Mausoleum – the grave of brother of Kusam ibn Abbas; Khudayar Valami Mausoleum, and Mosque Namozgoh. Dinner and overnight in the guesthouse.
In the morning, drive to Seven Lakes. On the way, visit Lenin statue on a dam of Urotepa reservation. Continue driving to the lakes. Each lake in mountains of Tajikistan has a different color. The Seven Lakes are: Mijgon, Soya, Hushyor, Nofin (2139 m above sea), Hurdak, Marguzor, and Hazorchashma (2400 m above sea level). Have picnic on the seventh Lake, Hazorchashma. Continue driving to the guesthouse for dinner and overnight.
Drive to Dushanbe via the Anzob Pass (3373 m above sea). On the way, enjoy spectacular views of Iskanderkul Lake. Arrive in Dushanbe in the afternoon. Check in to hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast, start sightseeing tour in the capital, the largest city of Tajikistan. Visit to the National Museum of Antiquities of Tajikistan where you may see the famous statue of Buddha. Trip to the Botanic Garden where the local people like spending their spare time. Visit to the bazaar. Trip to the countryside (30 km) to explore the remains of Hissar Fortress of the 18th century. Visit to two madrasahs and a mausoleum. Return to Dushanbe. Overnight at the hotel. Check-out from the hotel till noon. Free time till transfer to Dushanbe International Airport. Departure.
The passport holders of the following nationalities (countries) are eligible to enter Tajikistan without visa.
- Afghanistan - with Diplomatic passports up to 30 days
- Azerbaijan - for diplomatic, official and the ordinary passports up to 90 days
- Russian Federation
- North of Korea - for diplomatic, service passports
- South of Korea - for diplomatic, service passports up to 90 days
- China - for diplomatic, official and service passports of common mission up to 30 days
- Brunei - Darussalam - for diplomatic, service passports up to 14 days
- Hungary - for diplomatic and service passports up to 90 days
- Romania - for diplomatic and service passports up to 90 days
- Pakistan - for diplomatic passports up to 90 days
- India - for diplomatic and service passports up to 30 days
- The Islamic Republic of Iran - for diplomatic and service passports up to 30 days
- Turkmenistan - for diplomatic passports up to 30 days
- Ukraine - for diplomatic, official and the ordinary passports up to 90 days
- Uzbekistan - for diplomatic, official and the ordinary passports up to 30 days
Visa at the airport
Tajikistan has simplified visa obtaining for the citizens of 81 countries to promote tourism and create favorable conditions for investors. The rules differ if there is a Tajik embassy in the applicant’s home-country.
Citizens of the following countries with no Embassy or the Consulate of the Republic of Tajikistan will be able to obtain tourist visa upon arrival. For this, it is required to fill out online application on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Tajikistan and make the payment of 5 USD for consideration of your application. MFA of the Republic of Tajikistan will review the application during 1-5 days and send back confirmation to the electronic address of the applicant. Based on this confirmation, one can get the tourist visa at the airports of Dushanbe and Khujand. Picking a visa at the airport will cost 35 USD. But for entering the country through border crossing points e-visa (www.evisa.tj) will be needed; it will cost 52 USD. List of countries eligible to collect visa at the airport include:
- Czech Republic
- New Zealand
- South Africa
- Stateless persons who were citizens of the Republic of Tajikistan
E-visa or simplified visa
Citizens of the following countries are not eligible for visa upon arrival, as there is an embassy or consulate of the Republic of Tajikistan in their home country. Still, the visa application procedure is simplified; they only need to fill out the application on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan. After, MFA of Tajikistan will review the application during 1-5 days and send a confirmation to the electronic address of the applicant inviting to the interview, where they will photograph and take fingerprints.
They also can obtain electronic visa on the website www.evisa.tj that will free from the hassle of visiting the embassy. E-visa will cost 52 USD.
Simplified visa procedures or e-visa are applicable to the following nationalities:
- Great Britain and Northern Ireland
- India (in terms of categories of visas “Diplomatic” and “Service’)
- The Republic of Korea
- United Arab Emirates
- Pakistan ( in the categories of visas “Diplomatic” and “Service’)
- Saudi Arabia
- Uzbekistan ( in the categories of visas “Diplomatic” , “service”, “investor”, “free Economic Zone”, “driver “ and “ athletes and creative groups”)
Standard visa to Tajikistan
If your country of residence is not included in any of the above mentioned lists, you can obtain visa to Tajikistan in any country where there is an embassy or the consulate of the Republic of Tajikistan. The list of documents, as well as amount of consular fees may differ depending on the citizenship of the applicant and the point of visa issue. Application fee starts from 25 USD. Standard documents package for Tajik visa include:
- Visa support (invitation);
- Valid passport with 2 clear pages for visa and entry/exit stamps. Six months validity rule is imposed.
- Visa application* in 2 copies;
- Colorful photo (3,5 x 4,5);
- Receipt on payment of state duty and consular fee;
- (!) If you plan to visit Gorno-Badakhsan Autonomous region a.k.a Pamir region, you should submit a letter requesting a permit.