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Isfara city located in the Soughd Region which is in northern part of Tajikistan.
In the 10th century, Isfara was an important point on the Great Silk Road. The Northern branch of Silk Road, led from Samarkand via Khujand to Isfara, Kokand and continued further to Kashgar, India and Afghanistan across the mountains. The cultural traditions of the Tajiks are best preserved in this part of the Tajikistan. Isfara is situated 2 hours car driving to east from Khujand, in Tajikistan.
How to go to Isfara?
There are a lot of taxi and marshrutkas are going to Isfara from Khujand. The place where taxis are located is called Avtostansiya(Auto Station). It is in 6 kilometer from the center of Khujand (Panjshanbe market). Get marshrutka or taxi from the center of the city or any place in Khujand. Go to Avtostansiya and you will see a lot of taxi going to Isafara. At the time of writing this article, its price was 20 somoni(4usd). Take into account that it is shared taxi, it is crowded a little bit. If you want to go by comfort please book a taxi for you.
Teahouses in Isfara(Chayhana in Isfara)
Visiting one of these beautiful, pleasant and calm teahouses, specially those along side the river in Isfara is a must.
The Hazrati Shoh Mausoleum located in Chorku, near Isfara, built from carved wood and dates from the 10th to 11th centuries. It is unique in Central Asia and there are also a 19th century mosque and a modern mausoleum in the same complex .
Abdullo khon Mosque in Isfara is worth seeing.
Quite a new aspect of the 11th - 12th century architecture is opened by the Hazrati Bobo mausoleum discovered in 1964 in the Chorkuh village (not far from Isfara) - a unique and, possibly, the only preserved wooden mausoleum in Central Asia. Odd-shaped columns, figured consoles reminding of fantastic birds, images of snakes webbed into the ornament go back to the pre-Islamic art traditions.
Getting around in Isfara, Isfara sight-seeing.
Mountainous village of Vorukh (Vorux)
Vorukh, the highest village in the valley of Isfara, is located on the altitude 1400 m. in the south. Many trekking program tourists start from Vorukh.
Its amazingly contrasted of the nature of that district where the travelers pass snow zone and ice to Alpine meadow and amazingly comfy and cordial grove in one day. The best time is for travelers in that region from the beginning of July till September inclusively.
The Mausoleum of Muhamad Bashoro is a masterful example of ancient architecture.
Dating from the 11th - 16th centuries, it is 30 km from Isfara. A shrine at Langar Mohyan, to a very famous 13th-century theologian, Imam Umar Abdulaziz.
Isfara district offer some of the best mountaineering and trekking opportunities in the world. The remoteness, variety of mountains, colourful and friendly local communities, ease of access and stable weather make this, one of your most highly exciting destinations.
Isfara attracts a lot travelers every year with its craftsmen. The craftsmen in Isfara are well known not only in Tajikistan, but also across Central Asia. Tourist will definitely enjoy his journey to Isfara. Travel to Isfara if you want to feel eastern modern(style).