Official Name: The Republic of Tajikistan (Tajikistan
Location: Central Asia – bordered by China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Afghanistan
Population of Tajikistan: ~ 9.5 million
Capital of Tajikistan: Dushanbe
Tajik Money: Somoni (TJS)
Tajik Timezone: UTC +5
Visa Requirements for Tajikistan: Many nationalities can now enter Tajikistan with an evisa. You can also obtain the GBAO permit online these days. (for the of Gorno-Badakhshan area south of the Kyrgyz border.) You can check your eligibility and additional requirements for entry HERE. However, you may still want to register with your embassy. You can get assistance for doing so HERE
Things to Do and See in Tajikistan
Our Experiences in Tajikistan
In May 2012, Catch Our Travel Bug started an independent, budget trip along the Silk Road from Shanghai to Istanbul. We arrived in northeastern Tajikistan in late July. A few days later all hell broke loose, changing our original plans significantly and upping the danger rating from moderate to high.
If you want to learn more about how that adventure turned out, then take a look at the following blog posts:
Murgab and the Pamirs
Khorog – Warzone
Bear in mind that the country may have opened up a bit in almost a decade, so some of those challenges won’t be a problem for you. However, COVID-19 has bought a whole new set of challenges, so do your due diligence before heading there, or go with a well-established tour company that can help you avoid any headaches with logistics.
I’ve added a few tour options below:
Guided Tours of Tajikistan
Not everyone has the time or desire to plan and complete an independent trip. So for those who prefer to have someone else do the organizing, or traveling with a guide, here’s a selection of tours on offer.
GPS My City has a few self-guided walking tours around the capital Dushanbe.
Intrepid Travel has multiple tours that visit parts of Tajikistan, some of which are quite challenging or expensive to get to independently.
GAdventures has several tours visiting Tajikistan
Tour Radar – Has a good selection of specialty tours taking in all the highlights of Tajikistan.
Peregrine Adventures has 1 tour.
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