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Istaravshan

Lying on the main road connecting the two largest cities in Tajikistan, Istaravshan stands proud as one of the oldest settlements in the whole country, dating back to around 500 BC. The region is bordered by Uzbekistan in the north and west, and the main administrative city sits in the foothills of the Turkestan mountain range, approximately one hour southwest of the major city of Khujand.

Istaravshan has its fair share of interesting historical monuments and ancient remains, with many dubbing it a "museum city". Highlights include the stunning Kok Gumbaz mosque, as well as the double-domed Khazrat-i-Shokh Mausoleum that dates back to the 18th century. Istaravshan offers little in the way of western comforts, with few quality hotels or amenities, meaning this ancient settlement remains more of a stop-over spot rather than a major tourist destination in its own right, despite its undeniable beauty.

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