Tablet banner0
Mobile banner0

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.

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.

EXPERIENCES

EXPERIENCES

Khazrat-i-Shokh Mausoleum

Touted as the sacred tomb of St. Khazrati-Shokh - the brother of Kusam ibn Abbas, the cousin of Prophet Muhammad – this double-domed mausoleum is one of the most popular visitor and pilgrim stop-offs in the city of Istaravshan. Visitors can fully explore the site, which is located in the historical-architectural complex of Khazrati Shokh, as well as bathe in the spring water in front of the building, considered medicinal.

Kok Gumbaz

Also known as Abdulatif Sultan mosque, Kok Gumbaz is an impressive religious complex dating back to the 18th century. The crumbling perimeter is comprised of giant square bricks, whilst inside you’ll find a spacious square with ornately decorate walls and a window pointing to Mecca, the birthplace of Islam. You can’t miss the gleaming blue dome from the outside either, which towers above the local area.

Mugteppa Fort

This ancient fort was once home to local aristocracy who controlled the city, and today it lies in ruins at the entrance to the city. With its two turrets, stone walls and central blue dome, the fort - though crumbling - is quite an impressive sight from afar, and makes an interesting stop-off on the road either from or to the city of Istaravshan.

tajikistan Regions

TAJIKISTAN Regions

START YOUR JOURNEY TODAY

CONTACT US

tajikistan Goes Well With

tajikistan Goes Well With

EXPLORE OTHER ITINERARIES

Where to go

Choose Your Destination

What to do

Choose Your Interest

When to go

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Bangladesh
Bhutan
Brunei
Cambodia
China
Hong Kong
India
Indonesia
Japan
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyzstan
Laos
Macao
Malaysia
Maldives
Mongolia
Myanmar
Nepal
Oman
Papua New Guinea
Philippines
Siberia
Singapore
South Korea
Sri Lanka
Taiwan
Tajikistan
Thailand
Tibet
Turkmenistan
Uae
Uzbekistan
Vietnam
Amazing Landscapes
Architecture
Art
Beaches
Bicycling
Celebrations
Cuisine
Diving
Glamping
Heritage
Luxury Cruises
Luxury Trains
Motorcycling
Off The Grid
Romance
Skiing
Spirituality
Sports
Trekking
Tribal
Unesco
Wellness
Wildlife
With Kids

FILTER TO SELECT YOUR ITINERARY

TRAVELOGUES

TRAVELOGUES

Dozen Dream Destination: Wakhan Valley for the Adventure

Dozen Dream Destination: Wakhan Valley for the Adventure

Author : Travelogues
The Wakhan Valley is a meeting of worlds; travelers can look over into Afghanistan from Tajikistan on a road that will take them in view of China, Pakistan, and Kashmir.
Read More
Fann Mountains: Hiking Tajikistan’s Glacial Lake Loop

Fann Mountains: Hiking Tajikistan’s Glacial Lake Loop

Author : John McMahon
If you dream of hiking the Haft Kul, or Lake Loop, of the Fann Mountains for the crystal blue waters and lonely trails, this piece will get you started.
Read More
Faces of the Wakhan Valley

Faces of the Wakhan Valley

Author : Jay Tindall
The history of the Wakhi people and the Wakhan Valley is complex, and the journey across the Pamir Highway can be unpredictable, barren, and cold. In the faces of the Wakhi people, there is warmth.
Read More
Road Tripping the Pamir Highway from Dushanbe to Jalal-Abad

Road Tripping the Pamir Highway from Dushanbe to Jalal-Abad

Author : Travelogues
A sign in the Ak-Baital Pass reminds you that you are 4,655 meters above sea level. The untouched landscapes of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan are a driver's dream.
Read More
Stan & Stare: Natural Wonders of Central Asia

Stan & Stare: Natural Wonders of Central Asia

Author : Remote Lands
Hidden in the yawning expanse of Central Asia that makes up the Stans are some treasures that should be on every intrepid traveler's map. These seemingly uncharted lands are full of truly mind-blowing ancient and natural wonders.
Read More

WHY CHOOSE US

WHY CHOOSE US

Honeymoon Couple from New York
“ We had such a fabulous time touring with our Remote Lands guide. ”
More Testimonials
Remote, fragile, controversial: UNESCO's 2017 World Heritage inductees
Remote, fragile, controversial: UNESCO's 2017 World Heritage inductees
  by Financial Review
More Doing Good Efforts Around the Globe
More Doing Good Efforts Around the Globe
  by Virtuoso Insights

FEATURED JOURNEYS

FEATURED JOURNEYS

The Grandest Tour – Aman Private Jet Expedition 2020

The Grandest Tour – Aman Private Jet Expedition 2020

Japan - China - Vietnam - Thailand - Bhutan - India - Greece - Montenegro - Italy
March 20 - April 10, 2020
Aman Private Jet Expedition: Bali to Luang Prabang

Aman Private Jet Expedition: Bali to Luang Prabang

Indonesia - Cambodia - Vietnam - Laos
September 6 - 21, 2020
Kyoto to Greece Aman Private Jet Expedition 2020

Kyoto to Greece Aman Private Jet Expedition 2020

Japan - Philippines - Indonesia - UAE - Turkey - Greece
April 19 - May 5, 2020
Aman Private Jet Expedition 2019

Aman Private Jet Expedition 2019

China - Bhutan - India - Sri Lanka
October 12-28, 2019
Newsletter

Our Destinations

Stay in Touch

© 2019 Remote Lands. All rights reserved