City Orientation Walk II, 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. Among the local landmarks featured here are the Presidential Palace, Haji Yakoub Mosque, Komsomolskoe Lake, and more. To explore these and other attractions of Dushanbe in more detail, follow this orientation walk.
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City Orientation Walk II Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk II
Guide Location: Tajikistan » Dushanbe (See other walking tours in Dushanbe)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 km
Author: Maia
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Puppet Theatre

1) Puppet Theatre

This theater is also called "Lukhtak" and was opened by Zafar Javadov in 1985. This is one of the most preferred places for Dushanbe citizens and tourists. Funny and interesting performances both for kids and adults are waiting for you! Tajik artists do their best to make every performance look amazing and memorable. The building itself is very beautiful; it was made of different colourful bricks and together they depict people dancing and having fun. This place is worth the visit!
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Mayakovsky Russian Drama Theater

2) Mayakovsky Russian Drama Theater

This theater was founded in 1937. It was opened in 1940 and was called the Mayakovsky Drama Theater. Different artists from the USSR used to come and give performances; even during war the theater didn't cease to work. After the hard times were over, the theater developed and became quite famous. Its repertoire is very variable, from classical to modern dramatic art. It gives about 400 performances a year and is in great demand.
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Presidential Palace

3) Presidential Palace (must see)

Presidential Palace is a place where President of Tajikistan, Emomali Rahmonov sometimes has meetings or brings the summit. This building was built in the 40s and is a classic example of Stalinist administrative architecture. This place is very important to the country, because all the main events and meetings are held there. Questions about future life, politics and economics are solved there. The building is tall and of a light brown colour, which gives it more authority. It is landscaped with fountains and gardens.
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Tajik Academic Theatre of A. Lahuti

4) Tajik Academic Theatre of A. Lahuti

This theater was founded in 1929 and is one of several buildings in Dushanbe that retains prominent early Stalinist architecture. The plays in the theatre run both in the Tajik and Russian languages, depended on the days. Lahuti was a writer, a poet and a very artful man who contributed greatly to cultural development in Tajik. This theater has a wonderful talented team of 55 artists. All of them have been honoured with prestigious awards from the USSR. This theater is a hot cultural spot in Dushanbe, and one where you can watch beautiful performances and plays by very talented artists both from Tajikistan and from many other corners of the world.
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Palace of Unity

5) Palace of Unity

The Palace of Unity, also referred to as Vahdat Palace, is a building in Dushanbe located in the northern part of Dushanbe's main thoroughfare, Rudaki Avenue, near Hotel Avesto and the embassy of Uzbekistan, it is the headquarters of the ruling People's Democratic Party and is also used to host international conferences.

In November 2007, a bomb was left in a plastic bag near a wall outside of the Palace, in an incident labelled by authorities as a terrorist act. A seventy-seven year old man, variously reported to be a janitor, a street sweeper, or a security guard, was the only victim; he was killed at 8:10 AM on 14 November 2007 when he picked up the plastic bag in which the bomb was contained, causing it to explode. The explosion also blew out many windows at the palace.

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Haji Yakoub Mosque

6) Haji Yakoub Mosque

This Mosque is one of the features of Islam in Dushanbe. It was created 200 years ago. It is quite big and can hold three thousand people. The building is very beautiful and its walls are decorated with colourful tiles. The mosque has a very tall crescent-topped minaret and the top of the dome is golden. Haji Yakoub was a religious man who was quite serious and well-known in Tajikistan.
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Writers' Union Building

7) Writers' Union Building

Writers' Union Building is an amazing architectural creation. It looks like a giant wall with many Persian writers and poets standing on pedestals. There are statues of such famous artists as Sadruddin Ayni and Firdausi as well as other people who did a lot for Tajik literature development. This wall is like a memorial to those people who loved and enriched Tajik culture.
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Amphitheatre

8) Amphitheatre

The Amphitheater is one of the main places where cultural and musical events are held. It was built to honour the 80th anniversary in 2004. It has about 1500 seats and can hold about two thousand people! The building is very interesting. It is round in shape and has a lot of arched windows, that bring considerable light into the hall. A big, comfortable stage allows the artists to deliver beautiful performances.
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Komsomolskoe Lake

9) Komsomolskoe Lake

This lake is a favourite for all the people of Dushanbe and for the tourists as well. Here you can bathe, have fun or catch sun rays and sleep in the shadows of the big green trees. Komsomolskoe lake is an artificial lake in the center of the city, where people can come and rest. This lake has the river Dushanbinka as its source and it adds a very picturesque touch to the city. People love this lake because it is clean and comfortable for both young girls and boys and older generations as well.

Walking Tours in Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Create Your Own Walk in Dushanbe

Create Your Own Walk in Dushanbe

Creating your own self-guided walk in Dushanbe is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Specialty Shopping in Dushanbe

Specialty Shopping in Dushanbe

Dushanbe is a very beautiful city. It is rather small, but there are some worthwhile places where you can enjoy a pleasant shopping experience. All of them are situated very near to each other, so it is easy to find them. Check out our tour guide that will lead you to the most popular shopping venues of Dushanbe.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
City Orientation Walk I

City Orientation Walk I

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...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 km

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.