I lastly arrived within the capital metropolis of my 126th nation, Dushanbe in Tajikistan, which is the official begin of my two month travels round Central and South Asia! As chances are you’ll already know, I’m on a mission to go to each nation on the planet, in accordance with the record of 196 UN and non-UN international locations.
On this a part of my journey, I’ll be visiting 11 or 12 new international locations, relying on whether or not I’m able to get my visa for Afghanistan at quick discover whereas right here in Tajikistan. The total record of nations I’m aiming for within the subsequent two months is; Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran, Qatar, Pakistan, Bhutan, and Bangladesh.
Utilizing my Philippines passport the one nation that I can enter visa-free is Mongolia, so I’ve needed to apply for visas for each different nation. Iran is the one nation that I can enter with visa-on-arrival on the airport, however as I will probably be getting into by land, I wanted to use for a visa with the Iranian embassy in Croatia.
On Saturday, Jonathan drove me to Dubrovnik Airport in Croatia from our dwelling in Herceg Novi, Montenegro. From there I caught my first flight to Riga, Latvia for an in a single day cease, so I took the prospect to see the town in the summertime, relatively than winter like my final go to. Then a 5-hour flight to Almaty, Kazakhstan and eventually a 2-hour flight to Dushanbe, Tajikistan!
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By lunchtime, I had landed at Dushanbe Airport and was shortly on my option to Lodge Shumon, which is a 15-minute drive from the airport and really near the town centre. Situated proper subsequent to the lodge is the Nationwide Flag Park, dwelling to the 2nd tallest flag on the planet at 165 meters excessive! This additionally locations vacationers with a few minutes stroll to the Nationwide Museum of Tajikistan.
Shumon Lodge is extraordinarily strategic for enterprise vacationers as nicely, being in centrally positioned within the enterprise district.
For me, it was the proper base for my first ever go to Tajikistan, comfortably and luxuriously embellished with all the perfect amenities you’ll count on from a high-end lodge catering to enterprise and luxurious vacationers however for an reasonably priced worth. The lodge additionally has its personal restaurant on the bottom ground that serves native and Georgian dishes.
There are enterprise rooms that begin from solely $75 US per night time, that features all the necessities like WiFi, satellite tv for pc television, 24-hour room service, security bins, breakfast included employees who can handle your each want! There are solely 40 rooms within the lodge (13 Double Superior Deluxe Rooms, 18 Double Rooms, eight Deluxe Twin Rooms, and 1 single room).
From my very own room on the ninth ground, I had an ideal view of the Nationwide Flag Park and the spectacular flagpole itself!
Extra cool info about Lodge Shumon:
The lodge is positioned within the enterprise and buying and selling middle of Dushanbe and on the appropriate financial institution of Varzob. The lodge is positioned 10 km from the Airport, 7 km from the Railway Station, 10 km from the Bus Station, on F. Niyozi Avenue 34.
Some necessary buildings close by:
- Nationwide Flag Park (“Park of nationwide flag “) is 50 meters away that is the place the 2nd highest flagpole on the planet (at 165 meters excessive). You can even see the unreal lake from a lot of the rooms and so they mentioned that the park additionally has kids’s sights and sculptures of historic figures of Tajikistan.
- Nationwide Museum of Tajikistan
- the Dusti (friendship) sq. the place the monument of Ismaili Samani is.
- Palace of the Nations (Kasri Millat) – the residence and the reception space of the President of Tajikistan when there are high-ranking company visiting the nation.
- Park of Rudaki – the monument of I. Somoni, the primary sq. of Dushanbe and the monument of Abu Abdullo Rudaki ( nice Tajik and Persian Poet) other than cool fountains in numerous colours.
- Trendy Water Park – good for youths if you happen to journey with household
You can even learn opinions on Tripadvisor concerning the lodge.
Getting round Dushanbe and to and from the lodge is a breeze as a result of, whereas the lodge employees is clearly very happy to name you a taxi, you can even merely request one utilizing an area taxi app (not totally in contrast to Uber) which takes a few of the language obstacles out of the equation!
Issues to see and do in Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Situated proper subsequent to the lodge and residential to the 165-meter tall nationwide flag, Rudaki Park is dwelling to a set of decorative gardens, fountains and varied museums.
The proper place to realize a better understanding of the nation, its individuals and their historical past. There are numerous exhibitions together with pure historical past, the humanities, archaeology and even a reconstruction of a Seventh Century Buddhist monastery!
Nationwide Museum of Antiquities
Probably the most spectacular displays right here is the unique reclining Buddha which was positioned within the Seventh-century monastery recreated within the Nationwide Museum. The museum comprises an enormous vary of authentic artifacts associated to the nation and the area as an entire and in contrast to the Nationwide Museum, they don’t seem to be replicas!
Go to the Native Market
Native markets are all the time an effective way to get to know a bit of extra about a spot, its individuals and the way they stay, so the central meals market is the proper place to take a look at, in addition to seize some meals gadgets to your onward journey (whichever path which may be)!
Palace of Nations
You’ll be excused for mistaking the Palace of Nations for a a lot older constructing, however the actuality is that development solely started within the 12 months 2000 and was accomplished in 2008. The ornate constructing is likely one of the most recognizable landmarks within the metropolis.