Tajikistan and the High Pamirs: A Companion and Guide

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Odyssey Books & Guides, 2011 - Travel - 719 pages
Fringed by the two great rivers of Central Asia, the Oxus and the Jaxartes,Tajikistan can boast not only of breathtaking mountain scenery, but also of 3,000years of history. The land where Alexander the Great fought desperately against theScythian nomads, his most formidable adversaries, Tajikistan is an ancient cradleof Persian culture. Originally, it was the home of the Sogdians, the famous tradingpeoples of the Silk Road; eventually this country was at the heart of the 19thcentury “Great Game”, a place of contention for the adventurers and spies of Britainand Imperial Russia. Now recovering from the misfortunes of the 20th century—thetravails of Soviet rule and several years of civil war—it is able to offer visitors notonly its legacies of cultural and ethnic diversity, but also unparalleled opportunitiesfor adventure.

  • Vital insight into a crucially positioned nation
  • Dushanbe, Central Asia's friendliest capital city
  • Mountaineering and trekking on the roof of the world
  • Historical insights into explorers and travelers of the ancient Silk Road
  • Culture, music and ethnic traditions
  • Essays on wildlife, botany, geology and archeology including a contribution by Dr. George Schaller
  • Published to appeal to the armchair traveler as well as the intrepid visitor

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About the author (2011)

Dr. Robert Middleton worked for the Aga Khan Foundation as Legal Adviser andCoordinator of Tajikistan programs from 1985 until his retirement in 2003. Hecurrently assists local and international non-profit organizations to promote tourismin the region. He lives in Switzerland.

Huw Thomas became Program Director of the Aga Khan Health Service, Tajikistan from 1999 to 2003 after he retired as Chief Executive of Gwynedd Health Authority in North Wales. He has returned frequently to Tajikistan from his home in Anglesey, Wales.

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