That’s an obvious question and it is easily answered.
Firstly, go because you can go. You couldn’t always go to Tajikistan – at least not safely. Now you can and as tourism is just beginning you can see it in its beautiful, untouched, unruined way. Just be a responsible tourist.
Secondly, Tajikistan is not boring – it’s an exciting place to visit. It is quite likely to take you out of your comfort zone and shake you up in an invigorating kind of way! Tajikistan is the complete antithesis to the beach resort package holiday, thank goodness.
Tajikistan has just about everything that a traveler would want to see – it has history by the bucket load (refer to the Pamirs website), and it has beautiful untouched mountain scenery. It has hospitable people and it is bound to provide you with a trip you will always remember.
Tajikistan is not an easy place to get to or travel round and unless going on an expensive everything included Western operated tour, it is for the real independent minded traveler. It is not easy but the rewards are huge. The biggest cost for the independent traveler is likely to be transport costs – hence the separate website page.
It is also amazing that for such a small country there is so much to do and see. From trekking in the beautiful Fann mountains to traveling the second highest highway in the world, to visiting the longest glacier in the world outside the Polar regions, climbing some of the highest mountains in the world, taking tea with Pamiri families and waving at Afghans across the river. You can see the highest dam in the world and you can track the endangered Marco Polo sheep and follow the ancient Silk Road.
One of the easiest things to do, and one of the things quite a few travel agents offer is an excursion from Samarkand into Tajikistan to the ancient city of Penjikent in the Fann Mountains. It doesn’t take long to do this and you can get a clear taster of Tajikistan without having to build on lots of days to take on the whole country. It is logical really as Samarkand is historically a Tajik city but not many tourists venture over the border.
As a side point, Tajikistan is very popular with cyclists. These incredibly fit people can be spotted cycling the Pamir Highway and generally propelling themselves up and down mountains all over the place. I have therefore thought to include a Cycling website page with hopefully some useful links.