Modern Tajikistan

Tajikistan is famous for its rich and colourful history. The descendants of Bactria and Soghdiana laid the foundations of the ancient and wonderful civilization. Today, modern Tajikistan carefully safeguards its ancient historical and cultural heritage, and is reviving old traditions such as original handicraft traditions. Until now in many cities of the country famous dynasties of masters of gold embroidery products, masters in producing silk, abra, gulduzi, embroiderers of skullcaps, weavers, jewelers, masters in producing cold arms, masters of ceramics whose products are known worldwide. The country is not only reviving monuments of the Zoroastrism period but is also preserving languages, culture and traditions of ancient Soghdians living in Yaghnob settlement which is 120 km away from Dushanbe. Yaghnobis are descendants of ancient Iranian tribes of Eurasia: Alans, Sarmatians and Skitians. The modern language of Yaghnobis goes back to ancient Soghdian language, a dialect spoken (skitian-sarmati dialect group) in Central Asia. One of the only living representatives of this branch of Iranian languages is one of the dialects of the Ossetic language. Until the Arab invasion in 8th century AD, Soghdians – traders that lived in Zerafshan valley played a key role in the Great Silk Road which passed through Penjikent, Samarkand and Bukhara. In 722 AD Soghdians were defeated by the Arab army. Abandoning their lands Soghdians escaped to the mountains and particularly to the inaccessible valley of Yaghnob, where the village Pskon actually became the new capital for Soghdian refugees.

Tajikistan is famous for its rich and colourful history. The descendants of Bactria and Soghdiana laid the foundations of the ancient and wonderful civilization. Today, modern Tajikistan carefully safeguards its ancient historical and cultural heritage, and is reviving old traditions such as original handicraft traditions. Until now in many cities of the country famous dynasties of masters of gold embroidery products, masters in producing silk, abra, gulduzi, embroiderers of skullcaps, weavers, jewelers, masters in producing cold arms, masters of ceramics whose products are known worldwide. The country is not only reviving monuments of the Zoroastrism period but is also preserving languages, culture and traditions of ancient Soghdians living in Yaghnob settlement which is 120 km away from Dushanbe. Yaghnobis are descendants of ancient Iranian tribes of Eurasia: Alans, Sarmatians and Skitians. The modern language of Yaghnobis goes back to ancient Soghdian language, a dialect spoken (skitian-sarmati dialect group) in Central Asia. One of the only living representatives of this branch of Iranian languages is one of the dialects of the Ossetic language. Until the Arab invasion in 8th century AD, Soghdians – traders that lived in Zerafshan valley played a key role in the Great Silk Road which passed through Penjikent, Samarkand and Bukhara. In 722 AD Soghdians were defeated by the Arab army. Abandoning their lands Soghdians escaped to the mountains and particularly to the inaccessible valley of Yaghnob, where the village Pskon actually became the new capital for Soghdian refugees.

In the high mountain ares you can rarely encounter local people, however in the valleys life is in full swing. Cars move continuously on highways via the passes Anzob, and Khaburubod (about 4,000 m above sea level) and connect the ‘Roof of the World’ (Pamirs) with the other regions of the country. The construction of the railway Kurgan Tube-Kulyab and motorway Kulyab-Kulma-Karokorum is now completed.
Today, Tajikistan is aiming to build a nation of peace and international security. Tajik governments strives to develop trade-economic cooperation with regional countries and the world.
It is impossible to express the beauty of this sunny country. One can tirelessly tell about ancient cities, about wonderful Tajik cuisine, art which goes back to the past, but the best way to experience this country is to listen to the Eastern wisdom – it is best to see the country at least once but even better to hear its stories many times. Welcome to sunny Tajikistan, a country which will reveal its mystery and will grant you a special experience of its unique beauty and pristine nature.