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Khujand Panjakent Dushanbe 6 Days

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Khujand is more then 3 000 years old city. 6 days trip

Day 1, Tashkent - Khujand. 130 + 70km

Transfer to Uzbek – Tajik border Oybek, meet Tajik local guide at the border then drive to Khujand (70km/ an hour drive)Breakfast.

Check in hotel

Khujand is the second largest city in the country. It’s also one of Tajikistan’s oldest town, founded by Alexander the Great in IV BC. The fortress was fortified by Alexander the great at IV BC and named after Alexander-Eskhata (Alexandria furthest) on the place of the present Khujand fortress (the 329 BC) and become the city of highly developed culture, important commercial and crafts centre. Commanding the entrance to the Fergana Valley and the Great Silk Road passed through Khujand from early historical backgrounds. Khujand enjoyed great prosperity and it’s riches spawned palaces, grand mosques and a citadel, before Mongols stream rolled the city into oblivion in the early XII century.

Sightseeing: Visit Historical museum of Sughd region, Eastern market Panjshanbe and mausoleum Shaykh Muslihiddin

Drive to the Arbob palace and national teahouse.

Visit statue of Ismoili Somoni the founder of Tajik nation and Lenin statue.

Lunch in local restaurant.

Dinner and overnight in the hotel.

Day 2, Khujand – Istaravshan – Panjakent 270km


Breakfast at the hotel 

Check out hotel

Istaravshan – (formerly Ura – Tyube, Urateppa) is located 81km northwest of Khujand. The town is one of the urban settlement in Central Asia, dating back to the first millennium BC. The record history of Istaravshan dates back to the VI century BC when the region was a province the Persian Empire under the Achaemenid. Scholars may recognize the region under it’s classical name of Kiropol, as described by Strasbo (Kirashata, according to Plotemy, Kurukada in Persian and Kurushkada in Sughdian languages). It was fortified by three rows of walls and the citadel was surrounded by a 6.000 m long wall. From the II – I centuries BC to the centuries AD, much of what is now Istaravshan known as Ustrushana, the capital of which was Bunjikat. It was a trading centre and I – II benefited greatly from its position as an important staging post on the commercial roads that linked the civilizations of East and West, through Khujand, Samarqand, Bukhara and the Fergana Valley. In the epoch of Arab invasion (Istaravshan became a province of the Arabian Caliphate in 822 AD) the region became a commercial and cultural centre of the medieval East. Istaravshan started to appear when Islamic architectural structures of portal-dome design such as mosques, madrasahs, mausoleums, minarets, etc.

 Istaravshan is a museum city, the ancient center of trade and crafts, one of the most ancient cities of the Central Asia. In 2002, Istaravshan turned 2,500 years old.

Sightseeing: Madrasa Kuk- Gumbaz, Old  city, mosque Shohi Zinda and Mugh fortress   

Lunch on the way

Continue driving via Shahristan mountains, tunnel Shahriston (6km) and beautifull Zarafshon valley to Panjakent.

Arrival to Panjakent

Check in hotel

Dinner at local restaurant

Day 3, Panjakent – Iskandarkul lake 180km  


Panjakent is a town in the north of Tajikistan, located on the right bank of Zarafshon River, 60 km east of Samarqand. The Zarafshon Valley was in the ancient time known as Sughd or Sughdiana. The inhabitant of the valley were Sughdians – the direct ancestors of the modern Tajiks. In the Southern suburbs of the modern Panjakent there is a site of ancient settlement, known in science under the name Ancient Panjakent, which was the capital of the same name of least last hundred years of its existence.     

It was even named "Central Asian Pompeii".

Sightseeing: Museum of Rudaki – As Penjikent is a birthplace of Abu Abdallah Rudaki, considered by many to be the father of Persian Poetry.

Ancient Penjikent - ruins of old Sogdian town founded in 5th century and abandoned in the 8th century by Arabs. Foundations of houses, a citadel with a couple of Zoroastrian fire temples and city bazaar are visible in the excavated ruins.
Sarazm settlement – 5500 years
Lunch in Panjakent.

Afternoon continue driving to Iskandarkul Lake
Arrival to Lake

Walking near the lake

Dinner and overnight in tour base

Day 4, Iskandarkul lake – Dushanbe, 160km


Iskandarkul lake:  length - 5км, width - 3,5км and depth to - 80м, located at height 2250м. The heart of Fan mountains, the treasure of Tyan-Shan, a scenic Iskandarkul lake is one of the most beautiful lakes in Tajikistan. Having emerald green and blue colour. A fast flouring Iskandar-darya river flows from the lake, forming a marvelous and gorgeous waterfall, so called the “Fan Niagara” that falls from the height38 meters.

Visit Kuli Moron (Snakes lake) and five spring

Walking near the lake. See waterfall

Lunch at the restaurant

Afternoon drive to Dushanbe via Istiqlol tunnel (5km) and Varzob valley

You will see Fan Mountains – a popular tourism and mountain climbing area in Tajikistan. There are about 100 passes in height from 3200 to5060 m(Mirali). The Fan Mountains are the highest part of Zeravshan range with 11 peaks above5,000 mwith sharp fantastical pointed forms. In the bosom of these mountains are about 30 lakes, the largest of which are Iskandarkul, and the most beautiful and picturesque, famous for the unique play of colours - Kulikalon.

Dinner in traditional restaurant (show if possible)

Overnight in hotel

Day 5, Dushanbe


Sightseeing of the Dushanbe: DUSHANBE – the capital of Tajikistan (until 1961 called Stalinabad) is located the centre of the Hissor Valley at 837 meters (2,475feet) above sea level, on junction of the Varzob and Luchob Rivers that flow together as a Dushanbinka right beneath the bridge on Ismoili Somoni Avenue. The snow – capped Hissor mountain ranga rises on the north and east of the city, and in the south, there is Kofarnihon River. The first mention of Dushanbe dates back to 1676. At the time, it was a small village on the crossroad of caravan routes connecting Hissar Valley to Samarqand and Bukhara, the Pamirs and Afghanistan. The Tajik word “Dushanbe” means Monday. The weekly bazaar was held in the village on Mondays, and that was what the place came to be called.         

Situated at the confluence of two rivers, Varzob and Kofarnihon.

Tajik national antique museum,   Sleeping Budda.

Monument Ismoili Somoni the founder of Tajik nation and park of Rudaki the founder of Tajik Persian classical literature.

Navrouz Palace

Central Mosque and central colourful oriental “Mehrgon Market” 

Dinner in restaurant

Overnight hotel

Day 6, Dushanbe – Hissor –Tirmiz border 220 km 


Check out hotel

Drive to Hissar fortress (30 km)

Hissar fortress 30km outside of city – the remains of an 18th century fortress, occupied until 1924 is located in30 kmwest of Dushanbe. Beside the fortress are two plain madrassahs, one dating from the 18th century and the other 19th, and beyond them is the mausoleum of 16th century (25km). Drive to

Continue driving to Uzbekistan

Transfer to Tajik Uzbek border “Sariosiyo”

Border cross and meet Uzbek local guide at the border, transfer to Hotel (130km, 2 hours’ drive) 

Dinner and overnight in the hotel.


Service includes:
- Transport
- Full board
- Visa supports

- Accommodation:

-  Hotel 4*
- Entrances to all museums
- Mineral water during the tour

- English speaker guides


Service does not include:
- Visas
- Single rooms
- Early check-in
- Travel insurance



Academicians Rajabovs 59,

Khujand, Tajikistan

Postal: 735700


Phone: +99292 7704258

Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Web: qalai-khujand.tj


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