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Tour 6: Emerald lakes of Tajikistan
Duration: 6 days
In short: Dushanbe – Seven Lakes – Penjakent – Iskanderkul Lake – Dushanbe – Hissor
Day 1: Dushanbe
Your driver will welcome you at the airport and take you to the extended city tour in capital of Tajikistan. Following the architectural sites like National library, White House, National State Seal, and House of Parliament, you will enjoy walk in Rudake Park. Next site is Ministry of Inner Affairs and the largest National Flag of the world, reaching 165m high pole, 30m width and 60m length. Before lunch at local restaurant, you will explore the Central Museum. Afternoon, the magic tour to traditional musical instruments is waiting in Gurminj Museum. Colorful and vibrant Asian Bazaar is must be part of the city tour. In bazaar, you will have an opportunity to see the real life of sellers and buyers. Today, you will learn and observe life of Tajik people more closely. Night in a hotel
Day 2: Dushanbe – Seven Lakes
In the morning, travel to famous Fann Mountains (Fannsky Gory). The road takes you over Shahriston Pass, which is 3 378 m high. Nowadays this terrain is popular destination for hiking and trekking in Central Asia. You will enjoy trip to pictureque Seven Lakes (Marquzor Lakes). It is about 60 km from Panjakent. After arrival, you will have free time to enjoy easy hike with the view of the lake. The seven lakes situated in the gorge and on different altitude. Each is very charming and differs in color. There are people who live in these areas, if you will meet them, it will be interesting to observe their mountain lifestyle. Stay in a hotel.
Day 3: Seven Lakes – Penjakent
After breakfast, travel to to Penjakent (“five villages”), which is situated near the Khujant in the Valley of Zarevshan River. The city started during the 5th-8th centuries AD. Panjakent was a remarkable craft and cultural center of Sogd in this area. Due to this reason sometimes it was called "Central Asian Pompeii". In the territory of ancient Penjakent there were a palace, two temples, bazaars, rich dwelling houses designed with several paintings, wooden and clay sculptures of ancient gods. Surprisingly the remains were found only in XX century, when the special expeditions were done. However, nowadays there are many remains available to see: for instance, dwelling houses and office buildings, the citadel with the palace, the house of artisans, and fire worshiper’s church. Stay in a hotel.
Day 4: Penjakent – Iskanderkul Lake
Continue your lake adventure to wonderful Lake Iskanderkul. This mountain lake is located at the altitude of 2,255m above sea level and lies in Fann Mountains. Iskanderkul is one of the glorious alpine lakes in Central Asia. You will have an opportunity to take a walk along its beaches, when we arrive. Later, you will enjoy short hike to discover a beautiful waterfall. Tajikistan is rich in deposit of water; it has the second biggest source in post- soviet countries and the largest in Central Asia. It boasts with more than 1 000 rivers, 2000 mountain lakes and 8000 glaciers which you will be told during your tour in Tajikistan.
Day 5: Iskanderkul lake – Dushanbe – Hissor
After breakfast, drive back to Dushanbe via Anzob pass, which is 3 372 m and tunnel of Isticlol. En route, you will enjoy the picturesque view of valleys and silvery rivers. Afternoon, you will explore Hisor fortress, historical monument of 12th -17th centuries. It is 35 km far from capital city. Nowadays, it represents citadel and other fortified areas. Representatives of Bukhara Emirate used this place as a fort. It was protected with high strong walls. Moreover, there were even many holes for barrels and guns. Archeological researches showed that there were a pool, a big garden and a busy market square with a caravanserai and shops. Nevertheless, today only two towers next to the main gate survived. Other sites are “Madrasa I Kuhna” mosque dating back to 16th-17th centuries, the mausoleum of “Mahdumi Azam” from 16th century, which were reconstructed not long ago. Overnight in a hotel.
Day 6: Flight
Today is the last day and we transfer you to airport.
02-04 pax – Hyundai Starex
06-08 pax – 2 cars: Hyundai Starex
10 pax – 3 cars: Hyundai Starex
Price per person:
02 pax – 760 $
04 pax – 475 $
06 pax – 500 $
08 pax – 420 $
10 pax – 445 $
Single – 80 $
Early check-in – 30 $
Single early check-in – 50 $
Half board – 75 $
Full board – 150 $
English speaking guide – 480 $ per group
Dushanbe – “Meridians” Hotel 3*
Seven Lakes – Home stays
Penjakent – “Umariyon” Hotel 3*
Iskanderkul Lake – Home stays
- Entrances fees
- Mineral water
Tour does not include:
- Full board meal
- Single rooms
- Early check-in
- Travel insurance
- English speaking guide