Dushanbe, Tajikistan – The Starting of my Central Asia Journey

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I lastly arrived within the capital metropolis of my 126th nation, Dushanbe in Tajikistan, which is the official begin of my two month travels round Central and South Asia! As you could already know, I’m on a mission to go to each nation on the earth, in keeping with the record of 196 UN and non-UN international locations.

On this a part of my journey, I’ll be visiting 11 or 12 new international locations, relying on whether or not I’m able to get my visa for Afghanistan at quick discover whereas right here in Tajikistan. The total record of nations I’m aiming for within the subsequent two months is; Tajikistan, ​Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran, Qatar, Pakistan, Bhutan, and Bangladesh.

Utilizing my Philippines passport the one nation that I can enter visa-free is Mongolia, so I’ve needed to apply for visas for each different nation. Iran is the one nation that I can enter with visa-on-arrival on the airport, however as I might be getting into by land, I wanted to use for a visa with the Iranian embassy in Croatia.

On Saturday, Jonathan drove me to Dubrovnik Airport in Croatia from our dwelling in Herceg Novi, Montenegro. From there I caught my first flight to Riga, Latvia for an in a single day cease, so I took the prospect to see the town in the summertime, relatively than winter like my final go to. Then a 5-hour flight to Almaty, Kazakhstan and at last a 2-hour flight to Dushanbe, Tajikistan!

By lunchtime, I had landed at Dushanbe Airport and was rapidly on my strategy to Lodge Shumon, which is a 15-minute drive from the airport and really near the town centre. Positioned proper subsequent to the resort is the Nationwide Flag Park, dwelling to the 2nd tallest flag on the earth at 165 meters excessive! This additionally locations vacationers with a few minutes stroll to the Nationwide Museum of Tajikistan.

Shumon Lodge is extraordinarily strategic for enterprise vacationers as nicely, being in centrally situated within the enterprise district.

For me, it was the right base for my first ever go to Tajikistan, comfortably and luxuriously embellished with all the perfect services you’d anticipate from a high-end resort catering to enterprise and luxurious vacationers however for an inexpensive value. The resort additionally has its personal restaurant on the bottom flooring that serves native and Georgian dishes.

There are enterprise rooms that begin from solely $75 US per night time, that features the entire necessities like WiFi, satellite tv for pc television, 24-hour room service, security packing containers,  breakfast included {and professional} employees who can deal with your each want! There are solely 40 rooms within the resort (13 Double Superior Deluxe Rooms, 18 Double Rooms, eight Deluxe Twin Rooms, and 1 single room).

From my very own room on the ninth flooring, I had an ideal view of the Nationwide Flag Park and the spectacular flagpole itself!

Extra cool info about Lodge Shumon:

The resort is situated within the enterprise and buying and selling heart of Dushanbe and on the correct financial institution of Varzob. The resort is situated 10 km from the Airport, 7 km from the Railway Station, 10 km from the Bus Station, on F. Niyozi Avenue 34.

Some necessary buildings close by:

  • Nationwide Flag Park (“Park of nationwide flag “) is 50 meters away that is the place the 2nd highest flagpole on the earth (at 165 meters excessive). You may also see the bogus lake from many of the rooms they usually mentioned that the park additionally has youngsters’s points of interest and sculptures of historic figures of Tajikistan.
  • Nationwide Museum of Tajikistan
  • the Dusti (friendship) sq. the place the monument of Ismaili Samani is.
  • Palace of the Nations (Kasri Millat) – the residence and the reception space of the President of Tajikistan when there are high-ranking visitors visiting the nation.
  • Park of Rudaki – the monument of I. Somoni, the primary sq. of Dushanbe and the monument of Abu Abdullo Rudaki ( nice Tajik and Persian Poet) other than cool fountains in numerous colours.
  • Fashionable Water Park – good for youths for those who journey with household

You may also learn evaluations on Tripadvisor concerning the resort.

Getting round Dushanbe and to and from the resort is a breeze as a result of, whereas the resort employees is clearly very happy to name you a taxi, you too can merely request one utilizing an area taxi app (not solely in contrast to Uber) which takes a few of the language obstacles out of the equation!

Issues to see and do in Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Rudaki Park

Positioned proper subsequent to the resort and residential to the 165-meter tall nationwide flag, Rudaki Park is dwelling to a group of decorative gardens, fountains and numerous museums.

Nationwide Museum

The proper place to realize a larger understanding of the nation, its folks and their historical past. There are numerous exhibitions together with pure historical past, the humanities, archaeology and even a reconstruction of a Seventh Century Buddhist monastery!

Nationwide Museum of Antiquities

Probably the most spectacular displays right here is the unique reclining Buddha which was situated within the Seventh-century monastery recreated within the Nationwide Museum. The museum incorporates an enormous vary of unique artifacts associated to the nation and the area as a complete and in contrast to the Nationwide Museum, they aren’t replicas!

Go to the Native Market

Native markets are all the time an effective way to get to know a little bit extra about a spot, its folks and the way they reside, so the central meals market is the right place to take a look at, in addition to seize some meals gadgets on your onward journey (whichever path that could be)!

Palace of Nations

You’ll be excused for mistaking the Palace of Nations for a a lot older constructing, however the actuality is that building solely started within the yr 2000 and was accomplished in 2008. The ornate constructing is among the most recognizable landmarks within the metropolis.

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