The Istaravshan Day Tour begins with an exhilarating drive from Dushanbe through the Anzob Pass before continuing in Istaravashan, where you can sample the city’s famous fruits at the bazaar, enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the city from Mug Teppe and learn about one of the city’s most important historical figures at Hazrat Shah Architectural Complex. The tour includes drop-off in Khujand upon completion, making it a great option for travelers planning an onward trip to Uzbekistan.
Depart in the morning from Dushanbe and drive to Istaravshan (300km, 4hrs). The route will take you through the Anzob Pass, which runs 3400m above sea level, and through a mountain tunnel that stretches for 5 kilometers.
Stop for lunch at a teahouse before beginning your city tour of Istaravshan’s most popular sites:
- Istaravshan Bazaar - housed chiefly in a 3-story building, it’s impressively large and authentic.
- Hazrat Shah Architectural Complex (18th- 19th centuries) - includes Hazrat Shah Mausoleum, Khudayar Valami Mausoleum and Namazgah Mosque. Admire the brightly painted ceiling and learn about the family of Hazrat Shah, whose brother Kusaim ibn Abbas is buried in Shah-i-Zinda in Samarkand.
- Mug Teppe - this renovated fortress perched atop a hill marks the location of one of the oldest habitations in Istaravshan and provides a great overlook of the city.
Continue driving to Khujand. Arrival in Khujand for drop-off at your hotel. End of Istaravshan Day Tour.
Travel time - approximately 5 hours
City tour time - approximately 2 hours