Tajikistan is a landlocked country in Central Asia. It borders Afghanistan to the south, Uzbekistan to the west, Kyrgyzstan to the north, and China to the east. Following its independence in 1991, the nation descended into the depths of economic scarcity, due to the civil war that ensued for a long time.

It is one of the poorest countries among the former Soviet states and the poorest in Central Asia. The predominant religion is Sunni Islam.

Things To Do In Tajikistan

Tajikistan is a playground for climbers, trekkers, and adventurers. Transportation options are limited within the country. To move around you will need to rent a private vehicle. Also, the inhabitants of the country do not speak English. Consequently, you will need to hire a guide to tour you around.

Famous destinations are the Pamir mountains, the pristine Lake Karakol, Penjakent (a town next to the border), and the Zeravshan valley, where you can find one of Central Asia’s prime spot for trekking and climbing.

Money

The official currency is Tajik Somoni. The approximate exchange rate is 8 TJS for 1 US Dollar. Money exchange is available at official bureaus de change, and you should keep the receipt. You will need small notes of local currency for everyday use. However, hotels often require payment in hard currency, which is preferably US Dollars. Credit cards are not accepted here. Also, there can be a problem with cashing traveler’s cheques.

Getting Around

It is very hard to find car hire service in Tajikistan, due to bad road quality and lack of car insurance schemes. However, there are a few tour operators in Dushanbe, which offer car rental. Cars drive on the right side of the road here. However, you need to watch out for potholes and bumps, as they are quite common.

Electricity

As for electricity, Tajikistan uses types C and F sockets. You need to bring a travel adapter to fit the proper socket type. Check out the above-linked page to see the photos and other useful information. The standard voltage is 220 V. Many of your devices may need a step-up transformer to match the electrical voltage.

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August 15, 2016 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

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