Descendants of the Ancients

Descendants of the Ancients

Wakhan valley is a mountainous part of the Pamir and one of the most interesting places in Tajikistan. It contains monuments related to different epochs and cultures. Such a pity that usually tourists hurry up to see other sights and don’t stay here for long.

Descendants of the Ancients

Descendants of the Ancients

The ancient fortress was built before Christ.

Descendants of the Ancients

Descendants of the Ancients

The radon springs can be found next to the place.

Descendants of the Ancients

The woman has tatoos on her hands and face. It used to be a wide local practice long time ago.

Descendants of the Ancients

The women have bathed in the spring and are going back home.

Descendants of the Ancients

A private SPA is organized next to the spring. However, foreigners are asked to pay much more than the locals. The poster in the picture praises the 20th anniversary of Tajikistan separation from the USSR.

Bathing in local hot springs is very good for health.

Descendants of the Ancients

Local museum contains things and books that used to belong to a local scientist. This instrument has two rows of strings: one is for a man, the second one is for God.

Descendants of the Ancients

The place where the scientist was buried. Now there are no more local scientists left.

Descendants of the Ancients

Descendants of the Ancients

Descendants of the Ancients

Descendants of the Ancients

They say a Buddhist monastery was located at the place.

Descendants of the Ancients

Cross the river and you will find yourself in Afganistan and can get you some heroin.

Descendants of the Ancients

Descendants of the Ancients

Descendants of the Ancients

Local men know Russian well.

Descendants of the Ancients

Descendants of the Ancients

Descendants of the Ancients

Descendants of the Ancients

Ismailian sanctuaries.

Descendants of the Ancients

Descendants of the Ancients

Descendants of the Ancients

Descendants of the Ancients

A well-preserved ancient fortress can be found high in the mountains.

Descendants of the Ancients

Descendants of the Ancients

Descendants of the Ancients

Descendants of the Ancients

Descendants of the Ancients

Descendants of the Ancients

Teachers and schoolchildren of the local school work with the coal that has just arrived.

Descendants of the Ancients

Descendants of the Ancients

Descendants of the Ancients

Descendants of the Ancients

House of prayers.

Descendants of the Ancients

Descendants of the Ancients

Descendants of the Ancients

Local people get used to tourists and ask for 15 dollars for an overnight stop. It is possible to find other locals who will let you stay in their house for 10 US dollars but not less.

Here one may touch the genuine culture of the country and give rest to his mind and soul.

Location: Wakhan

via zamcosmopolit

1 thought on “Descendants of the Ancients”

  1. Most beautiful.
    Some photos are shot from the village Langar.
    Quite touristic in summer, because this valley is okay with a 4WD and is not a dead-end, unlike other valleys. It goes up to Murgab, down to khorog (sort of).
    People lucky enough to own a car and/or a decent house try to make a bit of money with tourists in summer, but summer is short.
    Bridges with Afghanistan, across the river, are very scarce.
    I would like to see what it is like in winter-time.

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