The Pamir Land Where Tourists Are So Rare

The Pamir Land Where Tourists Are So Rare

Very often those who have been in Tajikistan say that people living there are very hospitable. In fact it’s more a myth than truth. Yes, they are friendly and quite hospitable but not extremely. It may surprise only those who’s never been to the East (Egypt does not count). The hospitality that may truly impress can be seen in Pamir. Especially in places not spoiled by tourism.

The Pamir Land Where Tourists Are So Rare

The way to the valley of the Bartang river is not easy…

The Pamir Land Where Tourists Are So Rare

Local guys

The Pamir Land Where Tourists Are So Rare

Elderly woman in one of kishlaks.

The Pamir Land Where Tourists Are So Rare

The Muslim holy place in a kishlak Basid. Adherents of different faith are not allowed.

The Pamir Land Where Tourists Are So Rare

Local landscapes

The Pamir Land Where Tourists Are So Rare

The Pamir Land Where Tourists Are So Rare

Here’s how they cross the river.

The Pamir Land Where Tourists Are So Rare

Kishlak

The Pamir Land Where Tourists Are So Rare

The biggest kishlak in the valley. In the space between the houses they grow crops.

The Pamir Land Where Tourists Are So Rare

Almost every family has a plot of land and some cattle. But such products as salt, sugar, rice, tea etc. are required to be bought.

The Pamir Land Where Tourists Are So Rare

Ordinary storage

The Pamir Land Where Tourists Are So Rare

Mulberry and aprocots grow widely in the valley

The Pamir Land Where Tourists Are So Rare

Ancient watch tower. Inhabitants of different valleys used to attack each other…

The Pamir Land Where Tourists Are So Rare

Recently they have built a hydro station. It is not powerful but now they have electricity at night.

There is no telephone connection in the valley, doctors use portable radio transmitters.

The Pamir Land Where Tourists Are So Rare

In day time they sit on these benches, at night they sleep on them. The most ordinary floors are dirt.

The Pamir Land Where Tourists Are So Rare

Some family portraits

The Pamir Land Where Tourists Are So Rare

The Pamir Land Where Tourists Are So Rare

The Pamir Land Where Tourists Are So Rare

Main transport

There are no signs of any police in the valley. The main power belongs to caliphs, religious leaders of Ismaelian communities.

Profession of a teacher is rather popular here. It’s one of the few opportunities to earn some real money.

The Pamir Land Where Tourists Are So Rare

The Pamir Land Where Tourists Are So Rare

The Pamir Land Where Tourists Are So Rare

The Pamir Land Where Tourists Are So Rare

The Pamir Land Where Tourists Are So Rare

The Pamir Land Where Tourists Are So Rare

The Pamir Land Where Tourists Are So Rare

The Pamir Land Where Tourists Are So Rare

Some interior details. “My student years”

The Pamir Land Where Tourists Are So Rare

The Pamir Land Where Tourists Are So Rare

The Pamir Land Where Tourists Are So Rare

The Pamir Land Where Tourists Are So Rare

The Pamir Land Where Tourists Are So Rare

The Pamir Land Where Tourists Are So Rare

Nisar kishlak, it has no electricity

The Pamir Land Where Tourists Are So Rare

The Pamir Land Where Tourists Are So Rare

The Pamir Land Where Tourists Are So Rare

The Pamir Land Where Tourists Are So Rare

Doesn’t it look a bit Indian?

The Pamir Land Where Tourists Are So Rare

The Pamir Land Where Tourists Are So Rare

The Pamir Land Where Tourists Are So Rare

The Pamir Land Where Tourists Are So Rare

For some reason they put smaller stones on this large one.

The Pamir Land Where Tourists Are So Rare

People wear amulets but they do not show them.

The Pamir Land Where Tourists Are So Rare

Barchadiv kishlak, local women do not show their faces and refuse to be photographed.

The Pamir Land Where Tourists Are So Rare

The water in Berchadiv is pure.

The Pamir Land Where Tourists Are So Rare

There is a “delayed-action bomb” in the mountains over the kishlak – Sarezskoye lake. In the beginning of the XXth century a strong earthquake crushed the mountain on the valley of the Murgab river and┬áthereby buried two kishlaks under the obstruction. In several years here formed the whole lake. In any moment, due to a possible earthquake or a landslide, the dam may burst and all the water will gush down on the inhabited kishlaks.

These people are fatalists, they have got used to the feeling of danger.

The Pamir Land Where Tourists Are So Rare

Watermill: the water flows under the house and makes a wooden screw rotate.

The Pamir Land Where Tourists Are So Rare

The screw, in its turn, makes a stone disc rotate and grind grain into flour.

The Pamir Land Where Tourists Are So Rare

The Pamir Land Where Tourists Are So Rare

Inside a granary

The Pamir Land Where Tourists Are So Rare

The Pamir Land Where Tourists Are So Rare

Kishlak Savnob. It has remains of an ancient fort which today is a public loo…

The Pamir Land Where Tourists Are So Rare

The Pamir Land Where Tourists Are So Rare

Apricots being dried

The Pamir Land Where Tourists Are So Rare

Children bathing in the pond

Such a hospitable land where tourists are so rare.

Location: Bartang

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10 thoughts on “The Pamir Land Where Tourists Are So Rare”

  1. Bartang Valley is just a valley away of afghanistan. Most striking place on earth.
    not much tourists there because the road is impossible by car, even by russian standards.
    Most tourists goes on the other valleys, from Murgab to Dushambe and so on because road is better there and you can continue to kirghiz and china.
    the road in Bartang valley leads to nowhere (except on foot), so it’s preserved.
    Ismaelian religion is a little different from islam, that’s why women are not covered from head to tail among other things.
    villages are up to 3500m, there is a lot of effort put into irrigation a lot of water tracks built from streams to deviate them …
    Almost no rain year-round, water come solely from streams.that’s why only selected patch of lands are irrigated. Water is the key there. and locals know it.
    I will go in Bartang by bike. I will. someday.

  2. John, they speak Eastern Iranian languages, close to Soghdian, Avestan and Osettian and ofcourse Persian is the state language and lingua franca. Peace.

  3. is it possible to visit bartang valley independently without joining local tours? i dont bike. is there any public transport connecting khorog to bartang? thanks!

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