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Dushanbe

Travel Guide Asia Tajikistan Dushanbe

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Introduction

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Dushanbe is the capital and largest city in Tajikistan and has a population of about 700,000 inhabitants. The city is located in the central west of the country at an elevation of about 700 meters above sea level and the name actually means Monday in Tajik, refering to its former important Monday markets at this location. In contrast to many other former Sovjet cities, Dushanbe is a relatively pleasant, welcoming and charming city and unlike most of the country it offers good hotels, restaurants and transportation services.

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Sights and Activities

  • Monument to Samn Khuda - Visit this stunning monument in Dushanbe to the great ancestor of the Samanids and is a major source for Tajik nationalism.
  • Palace of Unity - This large concrete structure located in the city center is the headquarters for the People's Democratic Party, which is the ruling party. The structure is also used for international conferences.

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Weather

Dushanbe has a typical continental climate, albeit with a bit more rain compared to other places in Central Asia. From October to May showers are possible and March and April are by far the wettest months of the year. June to September is hot and dry with average temperatures in the hottest month of July around 36 degrees Celcius during the day. Despite its location and elevation, even winters are mild with about 10 degrees during the day and only the nights dropping slightly below zero.

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Getting There

By Plane

Dushabe International airport receives almost all flights into the country, among which are those with the national airline is Tajik Air. Tajik Air has flights mainly throughout the Central Asian region and Russia. It also has flights from Munich via Istanbul to the capital. Other airlines serving Tajikistan are limited to airlines from the former Sovjet Union, except flights with China Airlines from Ürümqi.

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