Dushanbe (Tajikistan)

Dushanbe Travel Guide and Trip Resources


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The Tajik capital


Dushanbe is the capital of Tajikistan, situated in the far west of the country near its border with Uzbekistan and at the confluence of Varzob and Kofarnihon rivers. The name Dushanbe means "Monday", after the market place that was originally located here where markets would be held on Mondays.

The city does not have a long history, and real development into anything more substantial than just a small town started in 1929 after the creation of the Tajik Soviet Socialist Republic. The city, renamed to Stalinabad for 30 years, became a center of cotton and silk production, and grew in prominence.

As the city is therefore somewhat lacking in (non-Soviet related) history, do not expect to see an enormous amount of attractions here. There are some interesting sights, such as the enormous statue of Ismail Samani, an amir from the 10th century who is considered the father of the Tajik nation. Also of interest is the Tajikistan National Museum and a few other parks and gardens as well as the large main mosque of the city.

What you will probably really want to come here for is to catch a glimpse of every day life in this relatively unknown country. Frequent the teahouses where you will see the locals drinking tea, eating sweets and gossiping the day away. Go to a bazaar to see people bargaining for vegetables and fruits, or just walk the streets observing the fascinating traditional clothing people go around in here... [Review by travelindicator]


Key info

  • Dushanbe is a city in Tajikistan. It has a population of 679,400, is situated at an altitude of 2533ft and the best airport to fly into is DYU (Dushanbe, Dushanbe)
  • The currency used in Tajikistan is the Tajikistani somoni (TJS)

Dushanbe Weather

Historical average maximum temperature per month (℉):

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
48 52 61 70 79 91 97 93 86 73 61 52

Historical average rainfall per month (inches):

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
2.6 3 4.3 4.1 2.6 0.2 0.1 0 0.1 1.2 1.8 2.4

More Dushanbe travel resources

So you want to read more about this place huh? Why not start off with the Wikitravel on Dushanbe and Tajikistan, followed by the usual stuff from Lonely Planet. Before heading over here, do always check the travel advice of your government, which can be found in the next links if you are for example: British, Australian, American or Canadian. Travel Tajikistan has some good basics, but if you don't care about travel agencies and such, from here on we need to move on to the blogs. Specific blogs on Dushanbe are hard to find, but Nomadic Samuel has some good pieces on the country and the same goes for Further Wanderings.


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