9 So Different Tajikistan

So Different Tajikistan

Posted on July 6, 2012 by team

Pamir has a special position. It’s the most high-altitude region not only of Tajikistan but of all the former Soviet Union. Its Gorno-Badakhshanskaya autonomous region occupies almost a half of all the country but its population is only 3% from all the republic’s one. Local citizens are officially considered to be Tajiks but in fact they are a group of peoples with their own languages, culture and even religion.

Khorog is bordering Afghanistan. The town is inhabited by representatives of all Pamir peoples. There are some universities here. Locals like to study, it’s a part of their religion. Though the local young people prefer English today, they are good at Russian too.

Tourists like this place, there are many hotels and guest houses in the area.

View of the town

Outskirts. Nearby is one of the most high-altitude botanic gardens of the world.

Each plot of land is highly valued.

Despite the heights it’s very hot in summer, so children like to play in water.

Rapid Gunt river

Locals do not look similar to the citizens of western Tajikistan, they sooner resemble inhabitants of southern Europe.

Such headwear is typical for both women and men.

Local women are more emancipated than the women in western Tajikistan. And prettier.

During some musical festival

Playing the dombra


Local man in a Chinese shirt…

Real Tajiks from Dushanbe

Houses are mostly private ones, with one storey. Most of them are built according to the traditional Pamir plan. Usually such houses have one spacious square room and a long corridor with some annexes. The roof is supported by five pillars.

Aga Khan images are frequently used in interiors.

Wedding celebration

The bride is always covered

Aga Khan portrait to the left

Following traditions…

The bride is fed with some special food

The dowry

Wedding celebration in the restaurant

The couples live in Moscow but came to celebrate the wedding on the native land.

Owner of the restaurant

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9 Responses to “So Different Tajikistan”

  1. Liptonius says:

    What handsome (and lovely) people!

    It seems a very hard land that some hardworking people have made a rather nice home…

    I would like to know more, and particularly, more about the foods and cooking!

  2. skopeil says:

    i like the restaurant design.

  3. metafosforico says:

    “Locals like to study, it’s a part of their religion.”

    Now that’s something you don’t see every day. Unless you consider “holy scriptures study” real study. Which is not, since you can’t put this in your CV and get a job. Also, people who are encouraged to study are obviously more developed. Think middle age. Only clergyman had access to education, and the peasants had a miserable life.

    • Imran says:

      If you research about their religion, you’ll see that it is the progressing sect of Islam. They are Ismailis (as denoted by the photo of Aga Khan in one of the photos). If you search through the speeches of the current Aga Khan, you will learn the role of the importance of education in everyday life through his words. This photoset is truly beautiful, Masha’Allah!

  4. Seamus Dooley says:

    Beautiful place, lovely people.

  5. guest3 says:

    The white people are what remains of the Aryans who lived throughout Central Asia until the Mongol-Turks killed most of them off.

  6. A.Oscar says:

    Every place in the world is beautiful own is own way: inclusive cultures so deferent from one to another, which is way the world should be more understood about it. World would be more free; and everybody respect one another, than lots of people would like to travel and see the beauty of the other places and people too. What a group may do; always deferent of the others, for that matter, which what travel is about it. A.Oscar

  7. Anastasis says:

    Did you see the columns in restaurant?

  8. CAT says:

    A piece of heaven, thats what Khorog is!

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