Tajikistan and the High Pamirs: A Companion and Guide
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.
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