Tajikistan is a land locked country in Central Asia wedged between China and the better known ‘stans of Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Afghanistan.
It has a long, fascinating history stretching back well over 5,000 years. Both Alexander the Great and Genghis Khan conquered the lands of Tajikistan, and Marco Polo ventured across it as he traversed the Silk Road.
In the late 19th century Tajikistan was conquered again, this time by the Russian Empire where it formed part of Russian Turkestan. In the early 20th century it then became the Tajik Soviet Socialist Republic, a member state of the USSR.
Tajikistan gained its independence in the early 90’s with the collapse of the Soviet Union, but tensions at the time escalated into a civil war that lasted five years before peace was brokered.
Peace now reigns over the country which despite its rich history, is relatively unknown to most people and therefore also has very low tourist numbers. Those that do venture to this mysterious country discover its secrets of the most stunning scenery, extremely friendly people, its incredible history and remarkable society.