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Tajikistan - A view from our expert author


Nature has been kind to Tajikistan, bestowing the country with breathtaking beauty: here youll find mountains, glaciers, lush river valleys and dense forest, supporting a bewildering array of flora and fauna.

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Located at the heart of the Silk Road, Tajikistan is both beautiful and culturally diverse, with historical ties to Persia, China, Afghanistan and Russia. Sip tea at a street-side chaikhana in Dushanbe, watch rival villages compete on horseback in the extraordinary game of buz kashi (aka: dead-goat polo) or trek between isolated villages in the Yagnob Valley, not forgetting to kick back and revitalise in the curative hot springs of Garm Chashma. Two decades after declaring independence, Tajikistan is a country on the cusp of change. As it flexes its wings and works out both where and how to fly, there has rarely been a better time to see it.

Sophie Ibbotson & Max Lovell-Hoare

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The world’s greatest drives

Steep mountain switchbacks and classic coastal routes – these really are the best roads in the world. 

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Dead goat polo

Authors Sophie and Max Lovell-Hoare describe the popular and brutal game of buz kashi, famously known as dead goat polo.

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The Yagnobi

Our authors discuss the last remaining speakers of the ancient Sogdian language.

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