TAJIKISTAN TRAVEL GUIDE
Tajikistan is a country in Central Asia surrounded by Afghanistan, China, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. It’s known for rugged mountains, popular for hiking and climbing. The Fann Mountains, near the national capital Dushanbe, have snow-capped peaks that rise over 5,000 meters. The range encompasses the Iskanderkulsky Nature Refuge, a notable bird habitat named for Iskanderkul, a turquoise lake formed by glaciers.
Tajikistan is one of the world's poorest countries. The uneven transition after independence from the former Soviet Union, a recent civil war and recurring natural disasters have all contributed to the poor economic situation. The economy has further been beset by cosmic corruption, economic mismanagement and high unemployment. As a result, the majority of the population work in agriculture for a livelihood.
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TAJIKISTAN QUICK FACTS
- Capital: Dushanbe
- Currency: Somoni (TJS)
- Area: 143,100 km2
- Population: 9,101 million (2018)
- Language: Tajik, Russian
- Religion: Sunni Muslim 85%, Shi'a Muslim 5%, Other 10%
- Electricity: 220 V, 50 Hz
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TAJIKISTAN PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
- 8 March, International Women’s Day
- 20/21 March, Persian New Year
- 1 May, International Labor Day
- 9 May, Victory Day
- 27 June, Day of National Unity
- 9 September, Independence Day
- 6 November, Constitution Day
Also, the Islamic holidays of Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha.
TAJIKISTAN WEATHER SYNOPSIS
Aridity, high temperatures and significant inter-annual variability of almost all climatic elements are predominant characteristics of Tajikistan’s climate. Annual mean temperatures vary from 17°C in the south to -6°C in the lower Pamirs. Maximum temperatures are observed in July and minimum in January. In the East Pamir, the minimum temperature reaches -63°C, whereas in the south, maximum surface air temperature can exceed 47°C. The annual precipitation in the lowland, hot deserts of northern Tajikistan, and cold mountain deserts of east Pamir averages from 70 to 160 mm, whereas in central Tajikistan precipitation can exceed 1,800 mm per year.
SPORT & ACTIVITIES
SNOW SPORT IN TAJIKISTAN
The snow season in Tajikistan is usually from November to March and you can either visit the local ski resort or arrange an organised ski adventure tour.
HIKING & CYCLING IN TAJIKISTAN
The best time to enjoy outdoor activities and trekking in Tajikistan is from late May to October.