The second-largest city of Tajikistan and one of the oldest in central Asia, Khujand lies at the mouth of the lush and verdant Ferghana Valley, in the northern tip of the country, arranged around the Syrdarya river. Its strategic position made it an important stop on the ancient Silk Road and today it's a popular hub for visitors travelling in and out to Zeravshan or Dushanbe or as a crossing point for Uzbekistan.
Visitors deciding to linger and spend a little time in the city will find a true taste of Tajik life, from the hustle and bustle, sights and smells of the Thursday bazaar, to the architectural nods to Khujand's interesting and colorful history. Green parks, perfect for strolling and idling away the evening enjoying the beautiful fountain shows, contain historical monuments, while the ruined fortress contains a museum charting the story of the surrounding region. Friendly locals serve up cheap, authentic Tajik cuisine or pile onto buses for leisurely days by the water of the Syrdarya reservoir.