Photos of Tajikistan: 70 surreal snaps of Western Tajikistan
Updated on January 5, 2021
Considering travel to Tajikistan or Central Asia? Yeah, you’re making the right decision—let these photos of Tajikistan inspire you to get your bum over to Central Asia! Includes a healthy smattering of tips on travel and trekking in Tajikistan.
For adventurous travelers, Tajikistan’s got it all.
Gigantic mountains covering more than 90% of the country. Busy bazaars, ancient mazars, and then some from the Silk Road era. Forward, friendly people always ready for a good chat. Hardly any tourists to speak of, let alone fight with for views.
What more could you ask for?
But don’t take my words at face value. Here are 70+ photos of Tajikistan from my recent ventures through the west of the country to prove that traveling to Tajikistan is 100% one of the best decisions you can make in the coming year.
70 photos of Tajikistan because it’s stunning AF
My favorite view from my blogger trip in Western Tajikistan: this pass overlooking Kulikalon Lake, which means “big lake” in the local language.
Why yes, it is, in fact, big.
Waking up for sunrise is usually difficult… but not when we were camping in the Fann Mountains.
How could you say no to sunrise views like this?
See, the Fann Mountains are the highlight of Western Tajikistan, and a paradise for trekkers. There are endless routes of varying difficulties…
… more lakes than you can shake a stick at…
… and hardly any people, even in summer.
Not bad, eh? (I swear half my photos of Tajikistan are of this lake trek.)
Though there aren’t many humans… there are sheep. And goats.
Lots of them.
Lots and LOTS of them. (Admission: the second most common subject in my photos of Tajikistan are GOATIES AND SHEEPIES *foam*)
The lake trek around Kulikalon and Alauddin Lakes is one of the more popular treks in the Fann Mountains…
(For obvious reasons.)
… but the trek/track along the Haft Kul is another popular tourist route.
Another chill day trip from Dushanbe: Iskanderkul Lake. If you’re willing to make it an overnight trip, you might get to see the lake under the moonlight like this!
But even if you don’t stay overnight, it’s all good—the water is impossibly blue and beautiful during the day.
Of course, there’s plenty to do in Tajikistan’s pleasant capital if you don’t feel like venturing out of the city.
Both old and new.
One photogenic highlight is the Mehrgon Bazaar in northern Dushanbe.
A replacement for the capital’s Green Bazaar, you can buy everything from spices to vegetables to home products within its halls.
The Rohat Teahouse on Rudaki Avenue is another picturesque place to while away the hours over tea and traditional food in Tajikistan’s capital. You can either sit inside this hall or in a columned open air area.
If you’d prefer to dine on traditional food in a more low key setting, I recommend trying kurutob from Olim Restaurant in Dushanbe. Made from strips of bread, yogurt, herbs, and vegetables, kurutob is, hands down, Tajikistan’s best national food.
I’m not much of a museum person, but the top floor of the National Museum of Tajikistan contains a fantastic assortment of very quirky, colorful art from local artists.
But above all, my favorite pastime in Dushanbe was simply hanging out in its plethora of parks, like this square around Independence Monument.
Numerous, walkable, and flower-filled, they’re a peaceful way to pass the time.
Oh, and fountains. Fountains for days.
If you’re pressed for time, Rudaki park is the biggest and most impressive of all the parks.
… and offers good views of the Palace of Nations, where Tajikistan’s President works.
But, of course, everyone is different, and what catches my eye might bore yours! The best thing you can do is dive into Tajikistan and see for yourself. Don’t forget to report back (with plenty of your own photos of Tajikistan) and let me know which tickled your fancies the most!
More blog posts on travel in Tajikistan
Have my photos of Tajikistan convinced you to get on over to Central Asia? Hell yeah! Here are more of my blog posts about Tajikistan to give you all the info and inspo you could ask for:
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9 thoughts on “Photos of Tajikistan: 70 surreal snaps of Western Tajikistan”
Hi Alex, great photos of Tajikistan! I didn’t know much about this country before but now I feel like I have a better sense of what travel is like in Tajikistan. Thank you for that!
Happy to share! I’m glad you enjoyed the photos, and let me know if you ever have any questions about traveling in Tajikistan 🙂
EPIC…beyond words!! Tajikistan is definitely now on my bucket list thanks to your photos and captions!!
As it should be! Tajikistan is a dream, and it could certainly use some more tourists visiting.
These photos are incredible, Alex! I didn’t know much at all about Tajikistan but I’m definitely considering it after seeing all of your posts! Thank you for opening my eyes to a part of the world I knew very little about.
Always happy to hear that! Perhaps I’ll see you in Tajikistan one day 😉
Brilliant shots. Have been to a lot of those places myself but my pics are not near as good as yours. What camera are you using?
Amazing pictures! You definitely put this country on my list!
These photos and your love towards Tajikistan are heartwarming. I am currently working on my MPH and am assigned a health project for the country of Tajikistan. Before seeing photos, I had a different idea of what the country may look like. You have definitely given me a different view and I appreciate it.