A PHOTOGRAPHIC JOURNEY THROUGH TAJIKISTAN
Among all the Central Asian ‘stans’, for us, Tajikistan immediately stood out. It grabbed our attention from that first glimpse through the airplane window; dry and dusty mountains beckoning us with their harsh exoticism.
But those first sights, while both exciting and enticing, belied the true nature of this hugely varied country. From fertile valleys to arid high plateaus, Tajikistan’s geography served up so many diverse scenes of striking beauty. The mountains especially were a revelation, particularly the Fanns in the country’s northwest. A combination of stark peaks, steep-sided juniper filled valleys, and stunning high altitude lakes make this region one of the world’s top trekking destinations – not to mention a photographer’s dream.
Our journey along the Pamir Highway continued to reveal Tajikistan’s complex character. From the more populated deep valleys of the Pamiri west to the high uplands of the Kyrgyz east, the people and culture are as fascinating and varied as the landscape itself.
Since spending a month in Tajikistan, we’ve felt an ever present desire to return. It has a unique beauty, people of a welcoming nature, and deserves to be travelled to. Here you’ll find a collection of our favourite Tajikistan photos, a series of images summing up our lasting impressions of this stunning Central Asian country.
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Tajikistan is a place like no other when it comes to mountain lakes. Crystal clear mirrored surfaces at dawn give way to vibrant shades of emerald green and azure blue, as light is refracted off the fine-grained particles of rock in the water. Seen from the hills above, these lakes appear opaque and full of colour, but lakeside at the break of day, they produce the most magical of reflections. The best concentration of lakes can be found in the Fann Mountains, although many others are dotted throughout the extensive Pamir region.