I in the end arrived within the capital town of my 126th nation, Dushanbe in Tajikistan, which is the reliable get started of my two month travels round Central and South Asia! As it’s possible you’ll already know, I’m on a undertaking to discuss with each and every nation on the earth, in keeping with the record of 196 UN and non-UN international locations.
In this a part of my adventure, I’ll be visiting 11 or 12 new international locations, relying on whether or not I’m able to get my visa for Afghanistan at brief realize whilst right here in Tajikistan. The overall record of nations I’m aiming for within the subsequent two months is; Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran, Qatar, Pakistan, Bhutan, and Bangladesh.
The usage of my Philippines passport the one nation that I will input visa-free is Mongolia, so I’ve needed to observe for visas for each and every different nation. Iran is the one nation that I will input with visa-on-arrival on the airport, however as I can be getting into through land, I had to observe for a visa with the Iranian embassy in Croatia.
On Saturday, Jonathan drove me to Dubrovnik Airport in Croatia from our house in Herceg Novi, Montenegro. From there I stuck my first flight to Riga, Latvia for an in a single day forestall, so I took the danger to peer the town in the summertime, fairly than iciness like my remaining discuss with. Then a Five-hour flight to Almaty, Kazakhstan and in the end a 2-hour flight to Dushanbe, Tajikistan!
By way of lunchtime, I had landed at Dushanbe Airport and was once temporarily on my technique to Resort Shumon, which is a 15-minute power from the airport and really just about the town centre. Situated proper subsequent to the lodge is the Nationwide Flag Park, house to the second tallest flag on the earth at 165 meters excessive! This additionally puts vacationers with a few mins stroll to the Nationwide Museum of Tajikistan.
Shumon Resort is terribly strategic for industry vacationers as neatly, being in centrally situated within the industry district.
For me, it was once the very best base for my first ever discuss with Tajikistan, very easily and luxuriously embellished with the entire very best amenities you might be expecting from a high-end lodge catering to industry and comfort vacationers however for an inexpensive value. The lodge additionally has its personal eating place at the floor flooring that serves native and Georgian dishes.
There are industry rooms that get started from best $75 US according to night time, that comes with all the necessities like WiFi, satellite tv for pc television, 24-hour room carrier, protection packing containers, breakfast integrated group of workers who can care for your each and every want! There are best 40 rooms within the lodge (13 Double Awesome Deluxe Rooms, 18 Double Rooms, eight Deluxe Dual Rooms, and 1 unmarried room).
From my very own room at the ninth flooring, I had an ideal view of the Nationwide Flag Park and the spectacular flagpole itself!
Extra cool details about Resort Shumon:
The lodge is situated within the industry and buying and selling middle of Dushanbe and at the proper financial institution of Varzob. The lodge is situated 10 km from the Airport, 7 km from the Railway Station, 10 km from the Bus Station, on F. Niyozi Side road 34.
Some necessary constructions within reach:
- Nationwide Flag Park (“Park of nationwide flag “) is 50 meters away that is the place the second best flagpole on the earth (at 165 meters excessive). You’ll be able to additionally see the substitute lake from lots of the rooms and so they stated that the park additionally has kids’s points of interest and sculptures of historic figures of Tajikistan.
- Nationwide Museum of Tajikistan
- the Dusti (friendship) sq. the place the monument of Ismaili Samani is.
- Palace of the International locations (Kasri Millat) – the place of dwelling and the reception house of the President of Tajikistan when there are high-ranking visitors visiting the rustic.
- Park of Rudaki – the monument of I. Somoni, the primary sq. of Dushanbe and the monument of Abu Abdullo Rudaki ( nice Tajik and Persian Poet) except for cool fountains in numerous colours.
- Fashionable Water Park – highest for youngsters should you go back and forth with circle of relatives
You’ll be able to additionally learn opinions on Tripadvisor in regards to the lodge.
Getting round Dushanbe and to and from the lodge is a breeze as a result of, whilst the lodge group of workers is clearly very happy to name you a taxi, you’ll be able to additionally merely request one the usage of an area taxi app (now not solely not like Uber) which takes one of the crucial language obstacles out of the equation!
Issues to peer and do in Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Situated proper subsequent to the lodge and residential to the 165-meter tall nationwide flag, Rudaki Park is house to a choice of decorative gardens, fountains and more than a few museums.
The easiest position to realize a better working out of the rustic, its other people and their historical past. There are more than a few exhibitions together with herbal historical past, the humanities, archaeology or even a reconstruction of a Seventh Century Buddhist monastery!
Nationwide Museum of Antiquities
One of the crucial spectacular shows here’s the unique reclining Buddha which was once situated within the Seventh-century monastery recreated within the Nationwide Museum. The museum incorporates an enormous vary of authentic artifacts associated with the rustic and the area as a complete and in contrast to the Nationwide Museum, they don’t seem to be replicas!
Consult with the Native Marketplace
Native markets are all the time a good way to get to understand slightly extra about a spot, its other people and the way they reside, so the central meals marketplace is the very best position to take a look at, in addition to snatch some meals pieces to your onward adventure (whichever path that can be)!
Palace of International locations
You could possibly be excused for mistaking the Palace of International locations for a far older development, however the fact is that building best started within the 12 months 2000 and was once finished in 2008. The ornate development is likely one of the maximum recognizable landmarks within the town.