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April 3, 2017
Hissar is a small town in Tajikistan, near the intersection of Hanaka River (a tributary of the Kafirnigan) by the Hissar channel. Hissar is located in the central-western part of the country in the center of Hissar district and the western part of the Hissar valley, and 20 km west of Dushanbe city, 30 km...
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Istaravshan is a city in the Sughd province of Tajikistan, and is the administrative center of the district Istaravshan. It is located in the north of Tajikistan, in the foothills of the Turkestan Range, 78 km from the regional center – the city of Khujand. Formerly, Istaravshan was called Ura-Tube. On November 10, 2000, according...
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Penjikent is a city in the Sughd province of Tajikistan on the Zeravshan River, with a population of 33,000 (2000 census). It was once an ancient town in Sogdiana. The ruins of the old town are on the outskirts of the modern city. The Sarazm Important Bird Area lies downstream of the city on the tugay-vegetated floodplain of the river. History Ancient Penjikent was a...
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Khujand, formerly Khodjend or Khodzhent until 1936 and Leninabad until 1991, is the second-largest city of Tajikistan. It is situated on the Syr Darya River at the mouth of the Fergana Valley. The population of the city is 149,000 (2000 census), down from 160,000 in 1989. It is also the capital of the northernmost province of Tajikistan, now called Sughd. History This is the site of Cyropolis,...
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Dushanbe is the capital and largest city of Tajikistan. Dushanbe means “Monday” in the Tajik language, and the name reflects the fact that the city grew on the site of a village that originally was a popular Monday marketplace. Until 1929, the city was known as Dyushambe, and from 1929 to 1961 Dushanbe was known as Stalinabad. As of 2008, Dushanbe has...
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Sarazm is Tajikistan’s first World Heritage Site. It is the oldest settlement (IV-II millennium BC), located 15 km to the west of the Penjikent district center, on the left bank of the river Zerafshan. Well-preserved palaces and places of worship, public and residential buildings present great historical and cultural value. Metal and stone products, as...
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In 1912, there was a strong earthquake in the Fann Mountains, and as a result, the South slope of Western Fann range was split. The river stopped, and a new lake was born in the mountains – Big Allo, unique by its beauty. This lake, having       a bean shape, icy cold water and unusual...
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The Kulikalon Lakes are a group of three glacial lakes, or tarns, in the Zeravshan Mountains of south-western Sughd Province in the northern part of Tajikstan. The lakes and their surroundings have been identified by BirdLife International as an Important Bird Area (IBA). The lakes are 55 km south-east of the district center of Penjikent....
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Marquzor lakes, also known as “seven beauties of Shing”, are located in Hissar range of Fann Mountains, about 50km from Penjikent. The old legend says that a long time ago an old man got lost in the valley and his seven daughters came to look for him. Nobody responded to their call and the man...
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Iskanderkul is a mountain lake of glacial origin in Tajikistan’s Sughd Province. It lies at an altitude of 2195 m on the northern slopes of the Hissar Range in the Fann Mountains. Triangular in shape, it has a surface area of 3.4 km2 and is up to 72 m deep. Claimed to be one of...
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