SOVIET MODERNISM AND DRAMATIC LANDSCAPES
Khujand – dushanbe – obigarm – qurgonteppa – KULOB
This tour is offered on a regular monthly basis. Let us know your desired departure month by clicking on the learn-more button below: we will match your preferences with the next relevant scheduled group departure. If you are still unsure about your desired departure date, then simply tell us a period or a season of the year and we will provide you a range of scheduled group departures: just pick up yours!
Our scheduled group departures don't suit your plans? If you are travelling with more than 4 friends, you can set your own departure date: we will arrange a bespoke tour just for you for the same price per person advertised below. If you are travelling solo or with less than four companions, we will then organise a slightly more expensive tailored tour according to your time schedule and specific geographical preferences.
Please note: this tour has a strong focus on Soviet Heritage. If you are more into classic attractions (i.e. yurt camps, mountain treks, traditional villages), we will easily design a bespoke itinerary according to your own specific preferences. Get in touch for more details on our tailored routes in Tajikistan.
Day 1/2 - Khujand
Our guide will meet you at Khujand International Airport and drive you to our hotel of choice (exact hotel name and address will be communicated well in advance per email).
Introductory briefing about the region, the route and the set of rules to observe while travelling in Tajikistan.
We’ll devote two days to the Soviet architectural and monumental heritage in Khujand, formerly known as Leninabad: concrete apartment blocks, Soviet modernist gems, WWII memorials, Soviet mosaics and bass-reliefs, Stalinist grandeur, photogenic bazaars, ancient fortresses and mausoleums and the largest Lenin statue in Central Asia (now sadly ostracised to a barren field in the outskirts).
We’ll also make some excursions out of Khujand to visit the former closed cities of Buston and Ghafurov (once known as Chkalovsk and Sovietabad), the hectic frontier town of Isfara, the semi-abandoned Soviet settlement of Shurab, and the crowded urban beach at the Kayrakkum Reservoir, a Soviet-era artificial lake where locals like flock to in oder to escape the summer heat.
Dinner and overnight in Khujand.
Day 3/4 - Dushanbe
Today we'll head south towards Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan.
En route to Dushanbe we’ll first stop in Istaravshan to admire the gargantuan Lenin monument overlooking the city’s water reservoir and then in the picturesque village of Ayni, once home to one of the largest Soviet military bases in Central Asia.
From Ayni our path will lead us through the Anzob Tunnel, aka the Tunnel of Death,
In the afternoon we will eventually reach Dushanbe and enjoy a carefree walk through downtown before splurging in one of the many newly-built upmarket restaurants for dinner.
Overnight in Dushanbe.
DAY 5 - Obigarm
After a grand Tajik breakfast at our hotel, we will spend the entire day thoroughly touring both the main Soviet wonders and the pre-Soviet sights in Dushanbe.
Highlights will include: Concert Palace, State Circus, Old Chaikhana, Mevlana Mosque, National Theatre, City Library, Green Bazaar, Ministry of Economic Development, Cable Car Station and a surprisingly vast amount of well-preserved Soviet mosaics and modernist architectures.
In the later afternoon we’ll then head for the Soviet resort town of Obigarm, home to a colossal modernist sanatorium nestled in an awe-inspiring setting of high mountains and forested slopes.
Dinner and overnight in Obigarm.
Day 6 - Qurgonteppa
We’ll leave Obigarm in the late morning and spend the day exploring the little-visited flatlands of Southern Tajikistan.
During the good old Soviet times, Southern Tajikistan saw dramatic agricultural and industrial developments through collectivisation of the land and modernisation of the means of production.
The modernisation process included, however, also a more or less forcible resettlement of mountain peoples to the lowlands, a controversial policy sadly resulting in social and cultural tensions that later lead to violent clashes during the dark years of the Civil War (1992-1997).
Travelling through a sun-drenched landscape of endless cotton fields and abandoned factories, we’ll visit some truly melancholic and rather empty southern towns such as Nurek, Danghara, Kulob and Sarband before eventually reaching the regional capital of Qurgonteppa for the night.
Dinner and overnight in Qurgonteppa.
Day 7 - Flight back home or transfer to further destinations
After enjoying a last Tajik breakfast together we'll take care of your transfer to the airport/train station of choice.
For those flying out: transfer Dushanbe International Airport for your flight back home.
For those wishing to take the train/bus to reach further destinations: transfer to the local train/bus station.
End of the tour.
3 to 8 participants: 1190 € per person
The price includes: double/twin room accommodation (breakfast included; single supplement: 18 euro/night), private transport in the region (car or minivan), entrance fees to the attractions listed in the itinerary, guiding and translation service.
The price does not include: international flights and any other flight not explicitly included in the tour price and itinerary, meals, drinks and tips, transport to and from the airport of arrival/departure (35 euros/ride), visas if required, entrance fees to attractions not listed in the itinerary, insurance.
The route of this tour has been carefully designed after several research trips in the region. It is, however, always possible to slightly modify the itinerary according to the needs and the suggestions of the participants. Our motto is flexibility.