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Dushanbe

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People walking down a very wide sidewalk on Rudake Avenue in Dushanbe
Rudaki Avenue sidewalk, Dushanbe
National Library of Tajikistan

Dushanbe is the capital of Tajikistan.

Bread market in Dushanbe
Opera theatre in Dushanbe

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

  • 1 Dushanbe Airport (IATA: DYU, ICAO: UTDD, Международный Аэропорт Душанбе), M. Mastangulova (ул.им.М. Мастангулова), 32/2. (SW of City center),  +992 37 4494233fax: +992 37 2278717, e-mail: . Moscow flights by (Tajik Air, Somon Air, Domodedovo Airlines and Sibirian S7), Istanbul - Atatürk on (Turkish Airlines); Urumqi (China Southern Airlines). Somon Air have a weekly direct flight to Frankfurt, as well as flights to Dubai, Istanbul and Kiev . - Hub for East Air, Somon Air and Tajik Air.

Luggages[edit]

S7 or it's share code flies to most European countries and you could check in your luggage up to Dushanbe. Otherwise you will require a transit visa to collect your luggage and check it in again. If you have no checked luggage, you could walk straight to transit area. If you use a different airline and have checked in luggage you need a transit visa because the airlines will not transfer it for you. For that reason you have to collect the luggage yourself and check it in for your final flight. In order to collect it you have to pass passport control for which you need a visa (many countries get it upon arrival and free, Google yours). These policies are subject to change without a notice. Check with your airline(s) to find out whether they currently transfer luggage.

Visa at the airport[edit]

Most of the European and North American nationals can apply for a visa upon arrival in Dushanbe. The airport is very small and the immigration is just right before the passport control. Make sure to bring 2 passport photos, and know the person's address in which you are staying. Don't lose your "beeline travel slip" which you will get at the immigration office. the luggage x-ray machines are very poor and they pay little attention to the screens.

Watch the kids when you leave the airport they will offer to take your bag to the car and start to pull it off you. though not with intentions of stealing, just wanting to help and gain a tip.

By train[edit]

  • 1 Dushanbe Railway StationNazarshoev St (SE part of the city). From Moscow via Volgograd, Atyrau and Termez. Trains depart from the Moskva Kazanskaya rail terminal each Monday, Wednesday and Sunday at 12:08 PM, arriving 4:16 PM four nights later. Tickets costs from 9000 RUB for a second class sleeper. - Trains depart to Iski-Guzar (via Vahdat), Tursunzoda (toward west via Hisor), to Kulob (via Obikiik, Kuybyshevsk, Qurghonteppa, Sarband).

By bus[edit]

There are no international bus services.If you are planning to go to a different town in Dushanbe there are 'terminals' that you can either find a shared taxi or a minibus. Departs are mostly early morning.

  • Pamir bus terminal (Povorot aeroporta terminal Pamira, Avtobaza 2929), Ahmed Donish Street (close to the airport). Toward east to Khorog (Pamir) going usually 4X4 vehicles (525km, 12 to 14 hours, prices are vary) all via Kalaikhum (285km)
  • 2 Terminal Khojent (Vodanasos cement factory Terminal), Rudaki Street (End of Rudaki Street towards Varzob Valley. - Ask your taxi driver to drop you to the Stoyanka Khodjenta close to Vodonasos or Cemzavod. It is the end of the Trolleybus line.). Minibuses to Khojent and Varzob, Aini, Penjikent, Khujand
  • 3 Korvon Market terminal (Korvon Market, South of Center). Many private cars to Kurgan-Tybe and Kulyab
  • 4 From Dushanbe I Train Station,. can take mini taxis toward east: Kofarnihon, Faizabad
  • Polytechnic Institute terminalDjami Avenue. for taxis toward west: Hissor
  • Sakhovat Market terminal (Sakhovat Market). Private SUVs go (daily) to Afghan Border (Sherkhon Bandar). You will have to go early in the morning 05:00 to check for a shared car. Best is to go there a day before and arrange for the next day travel. Also lines toward south Qurghonteppa (85km)and Kulob (190km)

Get around[edit]

By bus[edit]

A number of bus services operate in Dushanbe, however there is not much clarity which one goes to where.

By marshrukta[edit]

It is very useful to figure out the marshrukta system (private cars and minibuses), which run on a standard set of routes. Minibuses are overcrowded, stop more frequently, and cost 1 somoni, while private cars are much quicker and cost 3 somoni. For marshrukti, the only important phrase is "hamin jo" (ha-MEEN JOH), which means "right here", to indicate that you want to get out. A couple usefull 'lines' (2010):

No. 1: Giprozem (south) - Sakovat Bazaar - Circus - War Memorial - Aini Street - Dushanbe Airport

No. 2: Giprozem - Sakovat Bazaar - Circus - War Memorial - Bokhtar Street (centre)

No. 3: Dushanbe I Train Station - Rudaki Avenue - Vodanasos Bazaar (north)

No. 8: Dushanbe Airport - Aini Street - Rudaki Avenue - Ismoil Somoni Street - 102nd microdistrict (west)

No. 17: 82nd microdistrict - Ismoil Somoni Street - Rudaki Avenue - Vodanasos Bazaar

No. 29: Giprozem - Circus - Bus Station - 82nd microdistrict - Ismoil Somoni Street - Barakat Bazaar (centre)

By taxi[edit]

Within Dushanbe it is best to take a taxi, usually it should not be more than 30 Somoni ($6).

Orientation[edit]

Very few streets in Dushanbe are known by their names, so it is important to know landmarks and how to navigate with them. Every cab driver knows the airport, Somoni statue, and opera-ballet, but beyond that, it is a toss-up. It is essential to know "straight ahead," "to the left," and "to the right" in Russian or Tajik.

The center is basically one long street, with a few other main streets crossing it.

Dushanbe is an interesting city, but only for a few days. Other than a few museum and monuments, there is not much here. The nightlife is not of a western standard. There are three main clubs: Port Said, Dior, and Vastan (all on or near Rudaki Street). The clubs are pretty bad and attract bad music, prostitutes, and are mostly filled with men. If a man goes out with a Tajik women, he will be expected to pay for her. The streets are lined with old and tall planetrees, so in the evenings a stroll along Rudaki is quite pleasant. Rudaki Park also features numerous fountains lit by coloured lights, and the Botanical Gardens (behind the Chinese Embassy, somewhat north along Rudaki) is the best place to escape the dust and noise of the traffic for peace and quiet.

See[edit]

Holy places[edit]

  • 5 Haji Yaqub Mosque (Мечеть Хаджи Якуб), Rudaki Ave (Close to Hotel Avesto). The largest mosque in the CIS cost of 100 million dollars.It has a crescent-topped minaret and burnished golden dome.
  • Sari Osiyo Mosque (Мечеть Сари Осиё). A new one
  • 6 Ismaili Centre (Центр Исмаилизма), Ismoil Somoni Ave, (Close to Hyatt Regency Dushanbe).
  • 7 St. Nicholas Cathedral (Свято-Никольский собор), Druzhby Narodov St (улица Дружбы народов)), ~64 (Central city cemetery or commonly Russian Cemetery (Центральный Городский кладбище, русский кладбище)). The main pravoslav church of Dushanbe.

Museums[edit]

  • 8 Gurminj Museum of Musical Instruments (Gurminj Museum, Музей музыкальных инструментов), Bokhtar Street , 23 (Located in the center of Dushanbe, a block east of Rudaki near the Iranian Embassy),  +992 372 2231076, +992 37 5731076, e-mail: . Daily 11.00-18.00. This small museum has an interesting variety of Central Asian musical instruments as string instruments example: rubab, Pamiri rubab, tanbur, dutor, setor, qashqar, and ghizhak. There are also number of drums such as tabl, daf, and doyra. That alone is worth a peek if you like instruments, but better still is to go when a musical or cultural event is being held, or hope to catch the folk musicians who practice there and can demo many of the instruments in the collection. Admission 10TJS.
  • Museum of Antiquities (Национальный музей древности Республики Таджикистан) (on the main square near the Sadbarg shopping center). It is quite old fashioned and includes a number of exhibits that detail the country's history. It is great for historians of contemporary Tajikistan and the current President, but only if they speak Russian or Tajik, as there are very few English signs. The museum is very poorly funded (there is a man who follows you to turn off the lights after you are finished with an exhibit room) and rather underwhelming. One of the highlight is the statue of Khatlonskogo's Sleeping Buddha which height is 14m, found at the excavations in 1966 in south of the country.

Others[edit]

  • 9 Monument of Amir Ismail Samani (Tajik:Ҳайкали Исмоили Сомонӣ, Russian: Арка и памятник Исмаилу Самани.), Prospekt Aiani (At the south rim of Rudaki Park). A monument to the 10th-century founder of the Samanid dynasty. This statue commemorates the one for whom the currency is named. Apparently, the crown is 10 kilograms of tajik gold. Beware: the police at the bottom may ask for money if you take photos, so stand far back and use your zoom! (and don't encourage this bad behaviour!).
  • 10 Rudaki statue (Rudaki Park). Recently opened for the Shanghai summit, the new park on Rudaki Avenue has a huge statue of Rudaki, a new government palace, and enough fountains to drain the whole of Dushanbe. Go at night to see the lights.
  • 11 Rokhat Teahouse (Tajik:Rohat Chaikhona, Russian:чайханы «Рохат»,), 84, Rudaki Ave +992 90 793 1347. Old traditional teahouse located near central Dushanbe on Rudaki. Better to go for the interesting architecture, not the food.
  • 12 Dushanbe Flagpole (Located in front of the Palace of Nations). The second tallest free-standing flagpole in the world (162m). This flagpole flies an 1,800 square metres (19,000 sq ft) flag of Tajikistan, weighing 700 kilograms (1,500 lb).
  • 13 Vahdat Palace (Palace of Unity, Tajik: Кохи Ваҳдат/Kokhi Vahdat/کاخ وحدت), 107, Rudaki Avenue (проспект А. Рудаки) (near Hotel Avesto). It is the headquarters of the ruling People's Democratic Party and is also used to host international conferences
  • 14 National Bank of Tajikistan (Бонки миллии Тоҷикистон), хиёбони Рудакӣ, 107A (Opposite Ayni Opera and Ballet Theatre),  +992 44 600 3227fax: +992 44 600-3235, e-mail: . Located in a nice monument building.
  • 15 Tajik State National University (Tajik: Donishgohi Davlatii Millii Tojikiston, Донишгоҳи миллии Тоҷикистон, Russian:Таджикский национальный университет (ТНУ)), Rudaki Ave. (хиёбони Рӯдакӣ), 17. +992 372 21-7711fax: +992 372 217711, e-mail: . On Rudaki an other nice building at #33 Tajik Academy of Sciences

Further afield[edit]

  • Fort Hissar (The cheapest way to get there is taking local bus #8 (available from Rudaki ave.) to Zarnissor bazaar. From there you catch a marshrutka (minibus) to Hissar village (2 TJS) where you can easily flag down a car for 1 TJS/seat. That means a roundtrip is roughly 7 TJS/person. Alternatively you can hire a cab for around 80 TJS. - 10 km out of town). Rebuilt 13th century fort and madrassa. It is a must see and includes small museums of ancient Tajik culture. It was destroyed by Soviet troops in their hunt for Enver Pasha. Entrance fees are 1 to 3 somoni..

Do[edit]

  • 1 Aquapark Dolphin (Аквапарк Дельфин), Bogoutdinova (Богоутдинова), 7/2 (West of City center. Take bus 8, 22, 25, 28,17 to '101 mikrorayon', after Saodat Shopping Center the next street turn toward south (left) and walk ten mins on the right side look for it),  +992 48 702 0020. Adult / Child M-F 70/40, Sa-Su 80/40 (four hours); - After 17:00 (three hours) 50/30; - Tariff "VIP" admission to all areas! From sunrise to sunset! Adult 150 (all prices in TJS, valid in 2014).
  • Bactria Cultural Centre
  • 2 Circus (Здание цирка), Karaboev Avenue, 1-3. (Ave. S. Sherozi corner).

Parks[edit]

  • 3 Botanical Gardens (Ботанический сад Академии наук Таджикистана) (behind the Chinese Embassy, somewhat north along Rudaki turn left to Samad Gani St). This is the best place to escape the dust and noise of the traffic for peace and quiet. A small forest with plenty of greenery. Usually the newly wed couples make photos here.
  • 4 Dushanbe Zoo (Dushanbe Zoological Park, Tajik: Боғи ҳайвонот, Russian: Душанбинский зоопарк), Ismoili Somoni Avenue (Located in the center of the city on the Luchob river bank, next to the Pamir Stadium). The number of animals kept is about 600 on the area: 67000sqm. This is the only institution of this kind in the country. Animals are indigenous and foreign species. Couple of the most exotic animals of its lion, jaguar and snow leopard. The local fauna are represented by brown bears, black bears, Bactrian camel, donkey, wolf, jackal, fox, raccoon, and some birds like owl, vulture, golden eagle, falcon. Also some reptiles, like snakes, caymans, lizards are displayed indoors.
  • 5 Park named after S. Ayni (Парк культуры и отдыха имени С. Айни,Tajik:Боғи фароғат ва истироҳати ба номи С. Айнӣ) (Around Opera).
  • 6 Victory Park (Парк Победы,Tajik:), Druzhby Narodov St (Turn left off of Rudaki at the TSUM and pass the beer factory.). Hike to the top for a seasonal tiki-themed beer garden offering views of the city. The truly brave can take the rickety gondola. Also there is the Victory Memorial

Theatres[edit]

  • 7 Ayni Opera and Ballet Theatre (Таджикский академический театр оперы и балета имени С. Айни), Nisor Muhammad St and Rudaki Ave cnr. (Center),  +992 37 2213494. Tu-Su 09:00-12:00, 13:00-17:00. regularly has free or cheap concerts sponsored by embassies and traveling companies.
  • 8 Lahuti Drama Theatre (Таджикский академический драматический театр имени А. Лахути), Rudaki Ave,.
  • Mayakovsky Theatre
  • Padida Theatre
  • 9 Puppet theatre (Государственный театр кукол Лухтак).
  • 10 Parasty TheatreRudaki Ave, (Next to Lohuti Drama Theatr).
  • Summer theatre (летних амфитеатра).
  • 11 Youth Theatre named after M. Vahidova (Государственный молодежный театр имени М. Вахидова -), Karaboev Avenue, 21-23.
  • Various Concert Halls

Buy[edit]

  • 1 Korvon BazaarA384 road (Far away and is very large (Marshruktas with "Корвон" signs on their dashboards will get you there for 3 somoni, or less than a dollar). - South of Park Druzhby). Korvon has a massive indoor clothing and shoes section as well as a smaller food section. It is also the place to go to find fabric rugs, although all of the rugs come from Turkey, not Tajikistan. Somewhat cheaper than Shakhmansur.
  • 2 Shakhmansur Bazaar (Green Bazaar, Зелёный Базар), Lohuti Street (East of Opera). This is the biggest bazaar in downtown Dushanbe and has a huge variety of foods (very cheap by Western standards), including dried fruit, nuts, fresh fruits and vegetables, spices, meats, and bread, as well as an odd assortment of tools and household products. It is possible to see the entire bazaar in an hour or two. The locals always charge foreigners more, so do your best to strike a bargain.

Eat[edit]

  • 1 Cafe Merve92 Rudaki Avenue. Excellent Turkish owned Restaurant: Kebab, Pizza, salads, french fries, cakes, coffee and delicious breakfast (feta with olives). Loved by local people.
  • Delhi DarbarRudaki Avenue (near the Pedagogical Institute.). The most well-known (and possibly the best vegetarian food in all of Tajikistan) of three local Indian restaurants serves excellent butter chicken and spinach. It also offers private "family rooms."
  • Merve. Happening, casual Turkish cafeteria always packed with students and young locals. Have several choices in mind, as they never ever have everything on the menu, no matter how basic. It also serves an authentic Turkish breakfast. It is on Rudaki next to Orima supermarket.
  • Salsa. The only Ecuadorian restaurant for hundreds of miles. It is a reasonable imitation of Latin cuisine and popular with Europeans. It is located just off the north end of Rudaki near Starry Night (Zvezdnaya Noch) billiards.
  • 2 Tiflis. One of two Georgian restaurants in the city with some of the best meat dishes in the city (and a substantial wine list). It is located behind the opera-ballet, across the park.
  • Georgia Cafe. the other Georgian restaurant, located about a block north of the Opera Square on Rudaki Avenue. It has simple and tasty dishes, good cheap house wine, and a nice friendly atmosphere. Be sure to either book or come early, as the seats go fast.
  • La Grande Dame. The only French Restaurant in town. It serves great steaks and other food at a hefty price. It is, however, popular with consultants with hefty per diems. The place offers a good taste of the West for those missing their homes. On the corner of Bukhoro and Shevchenko.
  • Kellers. A nice, well-hidden restaurant that serves European and Chinese style food (although the lines between the two are often blurred). Also, the home made beer (3 som.) is well worth trying. It is on the left side of Somoni street near Rudaki end, at the side of a block of flats.
  • 3 Steakhouse (The Steakhouse). Despite the name, Steakhouse is one of the only places in Dushanbe to get sushi. Other meals include steaks, pasta, and other American style cuisine. Live entertainment nightly. Try the mojito.
  • SegafredoRudaki Ave (Near the corner of Rudaki Ave and Ismoil Somoni Ave, across from Hotel Tajikistan). Western food -- sandwiches, soups, chicken dishes. Great place to get coffee or a snack (one of the only places in Tajikistan to get Iced Coffee?). Try the salmon, its surprisingly good and fresh. Downside: Smokers. You will see many foreigners here.

Drink[edit]

  • Irish Pub: A brand-new, Irish pub serving Guinness in a can with Irish charm (considering this is Central Asia). Unfortunately the enterprising owners of this restaurant have discovered that foreigners are willing to pay absurd amounts for a Guinness, and now one can costs 40 somoni, or close to $10 (other beers cost around 10 somoni) To find it, go to the Gurminj museum, head south to the corner and turn left.
  • Small Restaurants in front of the Opera (At the small square in front of the Opera, just off from Rudaki.). There are about 6 small restaurants selling shashliks, beer and softdrinks in front of the opera. Pick a table in the shade and watch people walk by while sipping your cold beer. beer: 3 somonis.

Sleep[edit]

  • Adventurer's Inn, ul. Pulod Tolis (ул. Пулод Толис) 5/11
  • 1 Atlas B&B (Гостиница Атлас), 63, Mirzo Rizo (ул. Мирзо Ризо), e-mail: . Very good Tajik Guesthouse... US$ 80.
  • 2 Almos hotel6, Mirzo Rizo str (ул. Мирзо Ризо) +992 93 8177272, +992 93 525 6666, +992 44 625 7373fax: +992 37 2272731, e-mail: . Services: Sauna & Swimming pool, Billiards & Table tennis, Fitness saloon, Professional masseuse's services, Fully equipped conference-room, Wi-Fi Internet, Disco-bar with variety of beverages, Transportation services, Dry cleaning and storing the luggage, Reservation and obtainment of tickets Single /Double from USD80/120 to 150 (2014).
  • 3 Avesto (Гостиница Авесто), Ave. Rudaki (пр. Рудаки), 105 А +992 37 2211280, +992 44 2215252.
  • Guest house Bakhor (Гостевой дом Бахор), Ul. Karamova (ул. Карамова) З +992 37 2241155.
  • 4 Guesthouse Comfort (Гостевой дом Комфорт), 59 Lva Tolstogo str. (Ул. Льва Толстого, ул. Хамза Хакимзаде) (Near to the Botanical Garden and the Hotel Mercury),  +992 37 2246904, +992 44 6012206, +992 918 654064, +992 918 621119, e-mail: . 24 hours room service, breakfast, bar, Dinner and Conference halls, laundry , transportation, Wi-Fi, telephone services, copying, scanning, printing.
  • Gulistan Tour Hotelul. Bukhoro (ул. Бухоро) 78 +992 44 620-9191, +992 44 620-9393, +992 93 488-8004. $90-120 per room (2014).
  • 5 [dead link]Hotel Complex Kayon (Гостиничный Комплекс Каён), Bokhtar Street (улица Бохтар), 7 (Center),  +992 37 2271469, +992 37 2216229. Offering an indoor pool, bar, sauna, beauty salon, Conference hall, billiard table and a restaurant. - 24-hour front desk, Internet Wi-Fi, a garden with barbecue facilities, a ticket service and luggage storage. - Ten rooms. Sgl with shower $90, dbl with full bath $160.
  • 6 [dead link]Mercury Hotel (Гостиница Меркурий), 9, Lev Tolstoy Str (ул. Л. Толстого) (Near to the Botanical Garden),  +992 37 2244491, +992 44 6400666, +992 44 6400777, +992 918 888889, +992 918 882222fax: +992 37 2244137, e-mail: . Standard Sgl /Dbl: $70/90, Suites $100 (2014).
  • 7 Hyatt Regency Dushanbe (Хаятт Ридженси Душанбе), Prospekt Ismoili Somoni 26/1 (in City Park, near Lake Komsomol),  +992 43 377 1234fax: +992 48 702 1235, e-mail: . A five star hotel with 202 rooms and suites. Amenities: floor-to-ceiling windows, sitting area, heated bath floor, iPod docking station, wireless internet and free access to pool and health club. Regency Club Lounge for free continental breakfast and evening cocktails. From US $212 (2014).
  • 8 Lotus Hotel (Гостиница Лотус), Perviy Proezd Lokhuti (Первый проезд Лохути), 5 (Half km east of Opera),  +992 48 7018800, +992 48 7019900, +992 918 847777fax: +992 37 2232326, e-mail: . Free WiFi, a fitness centre From $80.
  • 9 Guesthouse Firyz (Гостевой дом Фируз), Proezd Muhammad (проезд Н.Мухаммад) 6/3 +992 44 6409559, +992 93 8115555, e-mail: . Tajik kitchen open 08:00-20:00.. Twelve rooms. All rooms have private bathroom, telephone, TV, mini-bar, air conditioning, hair dryer, and we have tried to provide all the other stuff, that is, a bathrobe and clothes brush. - "Lux", "Junior Suite" rooms Tpl $90.
  • 10 Istiqlol Hotel (Гостиница Истиклол), 12, Sportivnaya str (Улица Спортивная) +992 44 6008150, +992 44 6008151, +992 37 2363888fax: +992 44 6008150, e-mail: . Sgl /Dbl from $161/185.
  • Komron (Гостиница Комрон+П), Karabaeva (1 проезд Н.Карабаева) 11, Apt 3 (кв.№3) +992 37 233-1111, +992 93 506-9999.
  • 11 Marians Guesthouse (Гостевой дом Marians), Shohtemur St (ул. Шотемур) 67/1 (Close to the Children's Park).
  • Hotel Oriyoul. Karamova (ул. Карамова ),4 +992 37 224-2445, +992 37 224-2474.
  • Poytakht Hotel (Пойтахт ***), Rudaki ave. (Проспект Рудаки) 7. - T.: +992 44 600-3448, +992 37 221-9655, F.: +992 44 600-3494, +992 37 223-2019
  • 12 Yeti HostelGafurova Street (ул. Гафурова), 34, Bldg 1 (Located 7 km northwest from the city center, near to Aquapark "Dolphin"),  +992 987 133005, +992 987 360004, +992 987 133005, e-mail: . Two four bed rooms, one eight bed room. 24 hour front desk staff, free WiFi, free safety box, non-smoking policy, airport pick up/drop off service Dm $20.
  • 13 [dead link]Serena Hotel (Отель Серена), Rudaki ave. (Проспект Рудаки) 14 (Next to National Museum),  +992 48 7014000, e-mail: . Deluxe $230, Executive $280, Executive Suite $360.
  • SAAF (СААФ **), (ул. Профессора Хусейнзаде) 1, T: +992 37 223-13-52, F.: : +992 37 223-13-51
  • 14 Hotel Sino (Гостиница Сино), Shevchenko Street ( ул. Шевченко), 75-26 +992 372 27 0092. Sgl/Dbl: from $92/115 (2014).
  • 15 Hotel Taj Palace (Asia Grand Hotel, Гостиничный комплекс Тадж-Палас), Mirzo Tursunzoda Street (Улица Турсунзаде) 21a,b (NE two blocks from Opera),  +992 48 7017171fax: +992 48 7011518, e-mail: . Price (USD) Standard sgl/dbl 120/150, Junior sgl/dbl 150/180, De luxe 250. Breakfast 6-7, lunch 15-18..
  • Takhti Shohi Hotel (Гостиница Тахти Шохи), 3, Loiq Sherali Str. (ул. Лоик Шерали) (Close to Botanical Garden),  +992 44 600-9933, +992 44 600-9494. 6 Standard Rooms; 22 Superior Rooms Standard Sgl /Dbl $72/ 96, Superior Sgl /Dbl $84/108.
  • 16 Tajikistan Hotel22, Shotemur Str. (City center: 1km). Sgl /Dbl: from $196/380.
  • 17 Tadzhikmatlubot (Таджикматлубот **), Rudaki ave. (Проспект Рудаки) , 137 +992 37 224-6487.
  • 18 Hotel Twins (Гостиница Твинс), Adkhamova Street (ул. Адхамова), 21 (NE half km from Shahmansur Market),  +992 37 2213300, +992 37 221-4414, e-mail: . Wide-screen TV, Discount for 3 days+ orders, Free WIFI internet Deluxe Single/ Double/ Double+ From $94/110, Grand Business /Superior Suite From $160.
  • 19 Gastnitsa VakhshRudaki ave. (Проспект Рудаки), 24 (Just next to the opera),  +992 37 227-8188, +992 37 221-4031. Check-out: 12:00. A nice, clean and very centrally located hotel. The staff might try to sell you to more expensive room first but ask for the more economical options. All rooms have a bathroom and a tv while some of the rooms have nice balconies toward the square in front of the Opera. Some English and German is spoken at the reception (sometimes). dm: 60 TJS, d: 120 TJS ste: 180 TJS.
  • 20 Vefa Center Hotel (Апарт Отель VEFA), Bokhtar str.(ул. Бохтар), 37/1 +992 47 4410702, +992 47 4410703, +992 48 7011505, +992 93 4441515, e-mail: . 24 rooms. Services: Air/con; Free in-room breakfast with menu; Cable and satellite TV; Free Internet (Wi-Fi), Underground Parking; Laundry; Transfer, rent a car; 24/7 presence of the staff, Security and video surveillance 24 hours; Daily room cleaning; Medical care; Mini bar. Standard room US $180, Luxury apartments US $200, Family Cross-bedroom apartment US $220, Double lux US $240 (2014).
  • 21 Dushanbe Hostel LatifaRahmon Nabiyev, 2. proezd, dom 23 (from the centre, marshrutka 2 or 7 in direction to '1. Sovetskaya'. get off at 'Korea Avto'. Follow the waymarker on the 'Korea Avto' building. from the airport marshrutka 7. same direction.),  +992 887 08 10 77, e-mail: . Check-in: 12:00, check-out: 12:00. Family-run hostel with 18 beds, free Wi-Fi and free breakfast. 10-20 min driving from the city centre. 6-7 US$.
  • Rohatпроспект Рудаки, 24 (across the road from the Opera & Ballet Theater),  +992 372 111 050, e-mail: . Check-in: 12:00, check-out: 12:00. Rohat Hotel is central, across the road from the Opera & Ballet Theater. 100 metres to Dushanbe main road: Rudai Av. &00 meters to Traditional Market (Green Market).Good mattresses; Kettle for tea or coffee in the room, free tea bags, coffee powder, bottles of mineral water and toiletries provided daily, safe box, aircom and good Wi-Fi, flat screen satellite TV all in your room; transfer from and to the airport; self-service substantial breakfast, discounts for long stays/off-season. Helpful English speaking staff. $ 60 negotiable.

Stay safe[edit]

In general, Dushanbe is safe but robberies and street crime do sometimes occur even in broad daylight although this is rare. The police force can sometimes seem a little ineffective. Avoid attracting police attention, as the law enforcement officials are primarily concerned with augmenting their small income. People tend to be private and conservative but with a little effort they can be incredibly welcoming and genuine.

Stay healthy[edit]

Never drink the water from the tap, nor use the water to brush your teeth. Always wash fresh produce, especially when bought from the local bazaar. Some melons—although they are incredibly fresh and sweet—can be irrigated and fertilized with manure, so sometimes washing them will not help. As a rule of thumb all foreigners from developed countries will get sick at least once while in Tajikistan, but this can be delayed by avoiding unwashed/unpeeled fruits and vegetables (be especially wary of this in restaurants).

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Embassies[edit]

  • Germany Germany59/1 Ismoili Somoni Street +992 37 2212189, +992 43 3773000fax: +992 43 3773080, +992 43 3773081.
  • Russia 2 RussiaAbuali Ibn Sino (ул. Абуали ибн Сино) 29/31 (Ismoili Somoni Avenue off),  +992 37 2359827, +992 37 2357065, +992 37 2350906, +992 37 2362253, +992 37 2352733fax: +992 37 2358806, e-mail: .
  • Turkey 3 TurkeyRudaki ave. (Проспект Рудаки), 17/2 (South of Tajik National State University),  +992 48 7024108fax: +992 48 7024109, e-mail: .
  • United States 4 United States109-A, Ismoili Somoni Avenue (Zarafshon district) (West),  +992 37 2292000fax: +992 37 2292050, +992 37 2360430, e-mail: . Hours: M-F 08:00-17:00. Closed on U.S. and Tajik national holidays.
  • United Kingdom 5 United Kingdom65 Mirzo Tursunzoda Street (Two blocks north of the Children's Park),  +992 37 2242221fax: +992 37 2271726, e-mail: . Hours: M-F 09:00-17:00..
  • UzbekistanUzbekistan (Take the small street off from Rudaki just next to hotel Avesto (Rudaki 105) and walk until the bend.). 9:00-12:00. Visas to Uzbekistan can be obtained here. You need to bring a passport size photo, a copy of your passport and your Tajik visa in addition to your passport. Some nationalities (including Finnish), need to bring an invitation. The visa is issued on the same day you submitted your application so that the processing takes, depending on how busy it is at the embassy, about an hour. The staff is neither friendly nor helpful. 62 USD.

Go next[edit]

There are many drivers for hire who will take you to lakes and mountains nearby. Varzob River also has some vacation areas with raised platforms above the narrow river, which is quite refreshing on a hot day. Be aware that the drivers will most likely not speak English, so a working knowledge of Russian or Tajik is advisable, as are haggling skills.

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