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Norak

Norak is a city in the Khatlon province of Tajikistan

It is situated on the Vakhsh River, 885 m above sea level, and is 70 km southeast of Dushanbe, the capital. It has a population of 19,000. The city was founded on the site of the former village of Norak, whose name means «pomegranate» in Tajik language; the modern city was established in 1960 to support the construction of nearby Norak Dam, which was completed in 1980. Engineers, construction workers, bureaucrats and their families were housed in orderly apartment blocks. However, in recent years, Norak, whose name means «pomegranate» in Tajik language, has become a popular resort town. Many hotels, guesthouses, restaurants, and tourist services have appeared. Most guests arrive from Dushanbe and southern Tajikistan, attracted by the stunning mountain views, fresh air, and serene and scenic reservoir. The town is especially beautiful at night, when it is lit up by thousands of lights and sunsets are also other-worldly, due to the unique combination of alpine scenery and the vast, calm reservoir.
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Norak city

Norak, whose name means «pomegranate» in Tajik language, has become a popular resort town

Many hotels, guesthouses, restaurants, and tourist services have appeared. Most guests arrive from Dushanbe and southern Tajikistan, attracted by the stunning mountain views, fresh air, and serene and scenic reservoir. The town is especially beautiful at night, when it is lit up by thousands of lights and sunsets are also other-worldly, due to the unique combination of alpine scenery and the vast, calm reservoir.
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SATURN

Sanatorium «SATURN» — a new and modern clinic built on the Shambari spring in Hisor region against the background of the country’s clear mountainous nature. The boarding house is specialized for the treatment of diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, taking into account the provision of conditions for recreation and entertainment for 250 people.

TO GUEST SERVICES

Comfortable rooms for accommodation (standard, deluxe)

3 meals a day (buffet)

Bathroom and toilet in each room

Set of bed linen and towels

Refrigerator in every room

Electric kettle and tableware set

Free treatment (11 types of procedures

Conference hall and cinema

Chic and cozy restaurant and bar

High-speed Internet and satellite TV

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Birds Iskandarkul

A 300 square kilometers (120 sq mi) tract of land including the lake and surrounding mountains has been designated a nature reserve. As well as the lake itself, habitats found in the reserve include rivers, water meadows, broad-leaved and juniper forests, mountain shrub-land and sub-alpine meadows.

Over half of the reserve, comprising 177 square kilometers (68 sq mi), has been identified by Birdlife International as an Important Bird Area because it supports significant numbers of the populations of various bird species, either as residents or as breeding or passage migrants.

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Picturesque Lake

The most beautiful Lake Iskandarkul in unique with picturesque views

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Iskanderkul Lake

Iskanderkul Lake 

The lake Iskanderkul Lake the biggest lake of the Fann Mountains, is located at the height of 2068 m above sea level. The lake has the form of the wrong triangle with the rounded-off corners. Its area is 3.5 sq.km, the largest depth is 72.0 m. almost no aquatic life is seen in the lake due to the high concentration of minerals and only small loaches survive in waters like this.  The set of legends is connected with the Lake Iskanderkul. According to one of them, Alexander of Macedon a great military leader and conqueror once passed with his army through the Fann Mountains, and during the camp of the commander on the coast of the lake, the favorite horse of Alexander — Bucephalus sank in it. By the way, and the lake is obliged by its name to the grand conqueror of antiquity — the name Alexander in Central Asia was pronounced as Iskander. 

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Fann Mountains

The area is ideal for organizing hiking tours lasting several days. Going from one valley to another, from one beautiful lake to another no less stunning, via numerous rocky outcrops with occasional hanging glaciers, tourists can’t help but recognize the fantastic environment through which they are travelling.

The Fan Mountains are a popular tourist destination situated in north-west Tajikistan. The Fan Mountains area is convenient for visiting. A paved road from Dushanbe going to the largest Pamir-Alai Lake — Lake Iskandarkul — leads to this place via the 3,372m Anzob Pass. Another paved road runs from Panjakent. One more road from Khujand runs through Istravshan (formerly Uroteppa), and the 3,351m Shahriston Pass. The Fan Mountains area road system includes both paved and unpaved roads.
Among the most beautiful and interesting peaks (from a mountaineer’s point of view) are Chapdara (5,050m), Bodkhona (5,138m), Zamok (5,070m), Maria (4,970m), Mirali (5,120m), and Zindon (4,800m). Both the good and the ordinary routes on the south and west sides of Chimtarga (5,487m), the highest peak of Fan Mountains, lead to its top.
Besides the high peaks and narrow valleys with their noisy streams, which are typical for the Fan Mountains, there are also about 30 clear lakes of a variety of colours. To the south of the main range is Lake Iskandarkul — 2.5km in length, 1km wide, and about 72m deep, at an altitude of 2,255m — on the shores of which a hostel with the same name is situated. Apparently, this lake came into existence several thousand years ago as the result of a landslide. The water in the lake is bluish-green, slightly turbid and very cold, so only the bravest dare swim there.
From the north, the Serima River flows into the lake, from the west, the Saritag River (with the largest volume of water), and from the south, Hazor-Mech River. Only one river, Iskandar-Darya, flows out of the lake. It has a waterfall which cannot be seen from the road and one has to come close to it to enjoy its charming beauty. There are almost no fish in the lake because of the concentration of minerals in it. Only small loach (similar to catfish), survive in such water.
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Bahoriston

«Bakhoriston» sanatorium  in the city of Kairakum, by the river Sirdarya

Sanatorium «Bakhoriston» is located in a picturesque oasis on the shore of the Tajik sea next to the developed and historic city of Khujand. The health resort has a rich infrastructure, a modern medical and diagnostic base with a high level of service and its own well-equipped beach with a length of 1 km. The boarding house is specialized mainly for rest and also treatment of the bronchopulmonary system, cardio-neurological and urological diseases with a simultaneous reception of 850 people.
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Guliston town

Guliston is one of the most dramatic and beautiful parts of Tajikistan. Absorb the breathtaking treasures of this region by water, air or hiking.

The city of Gulistan is located in the Sughd region of Tajikistan. Here is located Kairakkum reservoir. This city together with other settlements in 1985 was very badly affected by the earthquake. The presence of several recreational bases on the shore of the reservoir has made the city an excellent place to rest not only the local residents but the entire region. The city itself is small, but several shops, a shopping center, post offices, and schools operate in the center. There are a recreation park and a central market, which operates daily. Also on the territory of Guliston, there is a long highway that connects the city with Dushanbe. Not far from the center is the railway station, from where you can get to the capital of Tajikistan. There you can see several hotels and recreation centers offering places to stay.
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Buston Town

Known for its friendly locals, the most beautiful picturesque, and fantastic eastern culture experience. The city of Buston is located in Sughd region of Tajikistan. There are more than 29 thousand people living there. Now there is a temple in honor of the Iberian Icon of the Mother of God and a Muslim mosque. On the territory of the city, there is a highway connecting Buston with Dushanbe. In the center, there is a recreation park with attractions for children. Not far from it there is a museum and dozens of shops. In the very center, there are several hotels that offer a comfortable stay for guests. The most important landmark of Buston are not monuments and museums, but nature, which everyone must see.

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