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Dushanbe

Welcome to Dushanbe
Dushanbe is a clean, green European city with wide, tree-lined streets and pale, elegant buildings lend it an air of faded prosperity, and there are  plenty of cafés in which to enjoy tea and local sweets .Its location beneath the snow-capped Hissar range in   the wide valley of the Varzob river. Between 1929 and 1961, the city of Dushanbe was called Stalinabad. The city of Dushanbe grew out of the village of Dushanbe. Records show that as early as 1676, on each Monday of the week  (Dushanbe), villagers  from the surrounding areas brought their produce to market at this spot. In 1907, Dushanbe served as a summer  resort for the  Bek of Hissar;   in 1920, it housed Amir Alim Khan. The ousted Amir of Boukhara stayed in Dushanbe and cooperated with the Basmachis until he had to leave the region. From Dushanbe, he fled to Afghanistan in 1921, the year the town  was freed from the Basmachis as well. After 1921, Dushanbe became the administrative center of Eastern Boukhara.


    
                    
DUSHANBE - THE CAPITAL OF TAJIKISTAN

              
DUSHANBE - is the capital of the republic of Tajikistan  with the population of more than 600 thousand peoples and majoring  more than twenty embassies of foreign countries. The city is multinational and present time is considered to be    the scientific, cultural and industrial developed center of the  country. There are museums, theatres, universities, hotels and around the city there were preserved some  ancient historical monuments like Hissar fortress and etc..
In ancient times such towns as Boukhara, Samarkand, Penjikent were  the centers of the development of Zoroastrian culture. After the invasion of Arabians Zoroastrism collapsed into pieces to Zerafshan and Pamir. Ancient towns of Great Silk Road as Samarkand, Boukhara, Khiva,  Merv, Penjikent, Khujand, Osh were the places of vital, economic interests of many countries of the world. This part of the world was the crossroads of caravan roads connecting North-South, East-West, and they led to China, India, Rome and to Europe.










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Name : Dushanbe
Population : c. 1000,170
Language: Tajik (Persian)
Area code: 992 37
Transportation: Dushanbe is connected to Termez and Tashkent in Uzbekistan, by rail way and to Kulyab,
 Kurqan-tepa, and Khorog, the administrative center of Gorno-Badakhshan Pamir, by road. Due to the 
mountainous terrain of  the region, travel by plane and helicopter often is preferred to travel by car . More
Post: DHL Tajikistan
Accommodation:  Click here
Map: Road map
Orientation: Dushanbe is divided into four administrative zones: Somoni, Sino, Markazi, Rohi ohan Varzob, a suburb of Dushanbe, used to serve as one of the prominent recreation areas for the former Soviet Union. At the present time, the city serves as both the administrative center of the Republic of Tajikistan and the republic's largest industrial and cultural center. Dushanbe has two main bazaars: Barakat and Shomansur (or Green bazaar). A third bazaar in the region of the new micro rayon’s  is exclusive to that population. During the summer, the bazaars teem with vegetables, fruits, flowers, and people. In winter, they are all but deserted. Bread, meat, and dried fruits are about all one can buy.
A wonderful modern  Opera & Ballet theater and  a number of art-related institutes,  museums,   and studios, all  centered in the city of Dushanbe. The city also houses the Firdowsi Library, a major     library with an impressive collection of medieval   Islamic manuscripts.  The main points of interest all lie on, or close to, Prospect  Rudaky which runs from the railway station in the south to the bus station in the north. As well as the principal mosque , this area boasts a synagogue that dates back to the late 19th century, a Russian church and a columned opera house. 
Don’t  forget visiting a Tajik market because, while you will find souvenirs, your senses will be pleasantly bombarded and, unlike in many developing countries, no-one will harass you to buy anything . Lose yourself in the enormous market on the road west from Dushanbe to the old Hissar Fort, where  women in traditional Tajik attire of long, psychedelically colored dresses and men in embroidered skullcaps sell everything from cotton (one of Tajikistan’s main crops) to vegetables, jewelers, carpets and furniture The Tajik traditional Tea houses Rohat (Choykhona ) with beautiful decoration . Walking down the streets of  Dushanbe, a number of special features attract your  attention. A prominent  one is the teahouse or the Choykhona. You realize  you are near a Choykhona  when you hear the music filling the air and when  you see the many colorful  benches that invite the customers to take a few  minutes of rest, drink  tea  and listen to the gossip of the day.
In addition  to tea and  sweets, kabob  and rice, are often also served. Other features in the city include the National Museum of Antiquities of Tajikistan and Unified Museum , situated just north of the railway station in Ploshchad  Ainy(square Ainy), which has stuffed snow leopards and  Marco Polo sheep   amongst its exhibits. The ethnographic museum  is on street Somoni,  not far from the Hotel  Tajikistan. 
The  delightful clothes of the men and women from the villages (kishlaks) is another  interesting feature. Men wear the traditional joma (a knee-long jacket) tied  at the waist with a colorful miyonband (kerchief). Their toqi (skullcap) with  its paisley design, distinguishes the wearers by region. Women wear a kurta, made of soft, colorful, bright silk, and a shalvar (long pants) with decorative  cuffs (sheraz). Women also wear hats with their national costume. The hats, 
especially those imported from Boukhara and Badakhshan Pamir, are either embroidered  or decorated with precious stones. Village women mostly wear colorful rosaries  (scarf) tied in the back and worn in a decorative manner more like a hat than for cover as a veil. Farmers and herders wear a special heavy boot over their usual shoes. The older generation wear long Islamic cloaks and turbans. Many of the older people wear beards; they are referred to as aksakal’s (white  beard) or muy sapheads (Tajik, lit. white hair).
 
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