Tajikistan: Images from the Roof of the World

Yawning Bacrtrian Camel - Pamir Mountains, Tajikistan
Camel yawn in the Pamir Mountains, Tajikistan.

Welcome to the last installment of our photos from Central Asia. Yes, the umbilical cord with the former Soviet Union has finally been cut. We have exchanged Cyrillic letters for Mandarin characters and statues of Lenin for Mao. But before we get ahead of ourselves, we leave you with images from Tajikistan.

We spent most of our time in Tajikistan in the Pamirs, a remote and mountainous region in the southeastern part of the country between the Kyrgyz and Afghan borders. Our visit appeared well-timed, as the autumn landscape revealed itself in astonishing layers. And as rumored, the Pamiri people were both fascinating and welcoming. After a spectacular and terrifying flight that caused us to find numerous religions while in the air, we ended our Tajik sojourn in the capital city of Dushanbe.

Tajikistan Travel Photos

Pamiri Kids as Guides in Vrang - Pamir Mountains, Tajikistan
Our informal tour guides from a village in the Wakhan Valley.

This concludes our photos from Central Asia. We are not quite finished with the region yet, however. To confuse our readers even more, we’ll continue to post written reflections of our time in Central Asia as we make our way through China.

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  1. Paul Mansour says

    Dan… very nice site! Beautiful photography and great layout. I have not had time to read a lot of the content, but I will check in regularly and follow along. What a trip!

  2. Ben says

    Quid pro quo, huh? OK–if you post a photo displaying your new haircut, I’ll give you back all those Michael Bolton CDs you left at my house that time.

  3. says

    Paul, great to hear from you. Glad you like the site – thanks for the comment and the compliments. We’ll look forward to seeing you on the site again.

  4. says

    Ben: ah yes, those CDs. Don’t forget that you took them down from the bookcase and put them in the drawer to conceal them from your Thursday night Dungeons and Dragons group.

  5. Suzanne says

    Dan and Audrey – the photos are fantastic, and I love the map locator feature! (or whatever it’s called…) Having fun following your journeys, and bragging about you and your site to all of my friends. Makes me feel like a schlub sitting home though. I need to get on a plane…

  6. says

    Hi Suzanne – we don’t think you’re a schlub (though we do like the word). Thanks for the props on the geotagged photos and Google Map. And thanks for publicizing us. If you get on a plane, tell us where and maybe we can meet! Happy Turkey Day…wish we could join you.

  7. S J Carm says

    You were curious about the young girl with the shaved head. I don’t know about the rest of Central Asia, though I assume the reason is the same, but in Tajikistan they do this so that the girl’s hair will grow in thicker–long thick hair being a desired mark of beauty. Don’t know if it works or not, but almost all young girls have this done to them.

  8. says

    S J, I would have never guessed that the reason for shaving a girl’s head was so that the hair grows back thicker. Thank you for sharing!

    If you have any other insights into Tajikistan or the rest of the region, please continue to post them. We enjoy learning more about a place even after we’ve left.

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