City Orientation Walk I, Dushanbe (Self Guided)

Relatively small in size, the city of Dushanbe, capital of Tajikistan, sits on the banks of the Varzob River and contains a number of notable sights, significant in terms of national history and culture. The most prominent local landmarks include Rudaki Park, bearing the name of the Tajik poetry classic; the Ismoili Somoni statue and gilded arch; the National Museum of Tajikistan; and more. To explore these and other attractions of Dushanbe, follow this orientation walk.
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City Orientation Walk I Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk I
Guide Location: Tajikistan » Dushanbe (See other walking tours in Dushanbe)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 km
Author: Maia
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Tajikistan National Museum

1) Tajikistan National Museum (must see)

This museum was opened in 1934. This museum is a unique place where you may find a lot of worthy information about the lifestyle in Tajikistan, the Socialist Realist style, Soviet-era literature and much more. You will learn how people lived many years ago, how Tajikistan was formed and who was behind it all. This museum has numerous exhibitions that are dedicated to the President - Emomali Rahmon. You will discover archaeological and ethnographic collections that will teach you more about Tajik history.
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Dushanbe Opera and Ballet Theatre

2) Dushanbe Opera and Ballet Theatre (must see)

Ayni Opera and Ballet Theater was built in 1946 and is a classic example of Stalinist architecture. It hosts many performances and plays. The first Tajik ballet was performed here and the culture then started to grow and develop. Later, a new wave of Tajik artists became part the Theater and made it very popular. They participated in Russian and Western classic operas and visited Russia. Here you can attend beautiful performances with highly traditional Tajik features if you happen to watch a performance of foreign artists from any corner of the world.
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The National Museum of Antiquities

3) The National Museum of Antiquities (must see)

The National Museum of Antiquities is famous for its amazing, large Buddha statue, which is almost 13 meters long. They say it is almost 1600 years old and is unique. Archaeologists found it in the city of Kurgan-Tyube and were amazed. You will see exhibitions from early ages, for example, a 6th-century scabbard and many other interesting, antique items that will help you build an image of early Tajikistan.
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Ferdowsi National Library

4) Ferdowsi National Library

Ferdowsi National Library is also called Hall of Science. It was founded in 1933 and built in popular eclectic style, a mixture of Stalinist architecture and national features such as moorish-shaped windows. The library took the name after Abulkasym Ferdowsi. He was a very famous and proud Tajik writer. A thousand years after his death, the government decided to name the library after him. It has an impressive collection of different books about different cultures in different languages; this library has about 2.5 million books, more than 2 thousand manuscripts and many more other interesting things. You will find a lot of interesting literature by Rudaki, Saadi and others.
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Museum of Traditional Musical Instruments

5) Museum of Traditional Musical Instruments (must see)

The Gurminj Museum of Musical Instruments is a museum located in the center of Dushanbe, behind the Office of the Mayor on Bokhtar Street. There are about 100 musical instruments in the Museum collection mostly representing the Pamiri and Badakhshani musical tradition. The collection is dominated by string instruments, such as the tar, rubab, Pamiri rubab, tanbur, dutor, setor, qashqar, and ghizhak. There are also number of drums such as tabl, daf, and doyra.

The collection was gathered by Gurminj Zavkibekov during his trips to his native Kuhistoni-Badakhshon. There are number of other instruments that do not belong the to the Pamiri traditional instruments and some other casual items of antiquariat are for display at the museum. The museum also hosts a variety of cultural gatherings and events, many featuring the Tajik musical ensemble Shams and their soloist Nobovar Chanorov. Gurminj's son Iqbol Zavkibekov is the arts director of the band, which operates out of an apartment near the museum.

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Massive Statue of Somoni

6) Massive Statue of Somoni (must see)

The Statue of Somoni was founded on September 9th, 1999 and is an attraction worth seeing. Tajik considers Somoni the father of modern Tajikistan. The statue is about 11 meters high. They say that the crown is made almost of pure gold and weighs about 10 kilos. This monument was built in honour of Ismail Somoni, who was a Tajik idol who even had currency named after him. The monument looks great and the huge golden ark above the statue of Somoni looks impressive.
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Statue of Tajik poet Rudaky

7) Statue of Tajik poet Rudaky (must see)

In 2007 the statue of Lenin was replaced by the statue of Tajik, the poet Rudaky. It was made to honour Rudaki's birthday in 1150 and to emphasize that he was the father of Tajik poetry. It is made of bronze by sculptor Vladimir Kozlov and is an exact copy of a monument previously established in Petersburg Smolny Palace. The statue is very beautiful and is surrounded by a colourful arc with paintings of stars and the sun.
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Palace of Nations

8) Palace of Nations

Palace of Nations, also known as Kohi Millat, is the place where the President of Tajikistan, Emomali Rahmonov sometimes holds meetings or brings the summit. This place is very important for the country, because all the main events and meetings are held there and questions about future life, politics and economics are solved. It was built in 2002 and is of a very beautiful, white colour; the building is very impressive and has a lot of arched windows. The roof is supported by massive columns. On top, there is a golden dome, which gives the building a rich, serious look. In the middle of the dome there is a flag of Tajikistan. Inside the building, everything is made stylishly and luxuriously and is a truly amazing place to see.

Walking Tours in Dushanbe, Tajikistan

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Travel Distance: 4.4 km
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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Dushanbe for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Dushanbe has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Dushanbe, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.