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I am married to my loving husband for more than 38 years now. I am a mother to 3 beautiful children, until 11 years ago when I lost my youngest son. Since then my life is forever altered but yet unbroken....

My Travel Journal

"There isn't much I haven't shared with you along the road and through it all there'd always be tomorrow's episode" - Elton John

I started traveling around the world since early 80s when I had the opportunity to combine business trips with vacations. Then later when my rezeki is in abundance, there were numerous other trips along the way for vacations, most of the time with hubby and the kids when the timing is right. I have also started to compile the journal and photo-pages covering almost more than 25 years of world wide travel. Some destinations I visited just once, others many times. Many of those places are the obvious famous places people would like to visit but some, the casual traveler doesn't even think to try. I have placed links to my travel at the side bar of my personal page, My Life Reflections, and will be updating them from time to time.

My wish is to continue my travel and complete circumnavigate the globe, insyaAllah…

Monday, 21 August 2017

Day 11: Dushanbe - Khujand, Tajikistan

"Success is not a destination that you ever reach. Success is the quality of the journey..." - Jennifer James

Day 11: 21 August 2017 (Monday) 
Route: Dushanbe – Khujand 
Distance: 306 km 
Hotel: Khujand Deluxe Hotel, Tajikistan

This morning we had a walking tour and visited other attractions in Dushanbe. A few stayed in the hotel nursing severe stomach disorders because of food poisoning.

(Somani Monument)
(Gold decorations around the statue)
(The statue of the King)

Samoni Monument is Dushanbe’s most visible monument built after the 10th-century founder of the Samanid dynasty. The Statue of Samoni with a giant gold crown, waving a wand. Rising behind him is a gold-topped white-marble column reminiscent of a Roman centurion's standard.

(Clean beautiful fountains in the park)
(Dushanbe modern National Library)

We walked pass the Dushanbe National Library, a new nine-storey building constructed in the form of an open book. It is reputedly Central Asia’s biggest library.

(Beautiful gardens in Rudaki Park)
(The statue of Abu Rudaki)
(One of my favorite poet)

Rudaki Monument is built in Rudaki Park after Abu Rudaki, a poet considered as the Persian Shakespeare. He was born near Penjikent, Tajikistan. He traveled to Bukhara where he became the court poet. His love poems have become legendary, and his poems about patriotism earned him the respect of his paymasters, but his poems extolling freedom and the liberty of the common man, while popular with ordinary people, didn't make his royal patrons too happy.

(Emerald blue river reflecting the blue sky)
(Mountain resorts along the mountain river)
(The rugged Hissar Mountain range)

After the walking tour, we were supposed to travel to Khujand but had to delay the trip as some needed to see the doctor because of diarrhea and vomiting. We started our journey at 9.30 am through the scenic rugged mountainous road passing through emerald colored rivers and blue mountain lakes and two 5 km long tunnels.

(A rest place on top of the mountain)
(Taking a break and enjoying the fresh air)
(2,545 ft above sea level)
(Mountains with melting snow from winter)

We stopped for refueling and toilet break at the mountain district of Aini. At Shahriston, we had lunch at Lion Restaurant, perched on top of the mountain, half way to Khujand and performed our prayers there. We reached Khujand around 5.00 pm.

(The Lion Restaurant)
(Hot local dishes and fresh fruits)
(Resorts for the long-haul travelers)

Khujand is the second largest city in Tajikistan. It is located in Ferghana Valley on both banks of Syr Darya River. During Soviet times it was named Leninabad. Khujand is one of the oldest cities of Central Asia, conquered and rebuilt by Alexander the Great, who fortified and renamed it to Alexandria Eskhata. Located on the Great Silk Road, and connecting Samarkand with Fergana Valley, Khujand was conquered by the Arabs and then it maintained resistance to the army of Genghis Khan, but eventually was destroyed. However, very soon the city revived. Khujand is an important industrial, scientific and cultural center of northern Tajikistan.

(Panshanbe Bazaar)
(A new building in the square)
(The Jame Mosque)
(The Madrasah next to the mosque)

As it was already late we stopped at the Khujand Registan square. The square is flanked by the central Panshanbe Bazaar on one side and the mosque and mausoleum of Sheikh Muslihiddin from the other. Most shops were already closing when we arrived at the bazaar but we managed to buy some souvenirs. The Panshanba Bazaar is the biggest in Tajikistan. With the stately columns that hold up the bazaar, it is simply the most interesting place to visit, if only we were a little early.

(Sheikh Muslihiddin Mosque)
(A mausoleum behind the mosque)

Sheikh Muslihiddin Mosque and memorial complex was erected on the tomb of Muslihiddin Khudjandi, the ruler of Khujand. He was a poet and a holy miracle-maker.

(World War II Memorial)
(Eternity flame at the War Memorial)

In front of the square stands the memorial to the Solders of World War II. Two of the three carved panels depicting memories of those who died. The third reminds the importance of peace.

Later we had a walking tour across the park in Victory Square and passed by Khujand Fortress and Historical Museum. The fortress was destroyed and built up several times over, witnessing the invasions of Alexander the Great and the Arabic, Mongolian and Russian armies.

(Khujand Fotress and Museum)
(The entrance to the park)

Inside the fortress there is a Museum of Archaeology and Fortification where dioramas of the Stone Age and Iron Age as well as archaeological findings and collection of artifacts from Sughd region are displayed. In front of the museum stands the Kamoli Khujandi city or formerly known as Pushkin Theatre.

(A line of copper busts of prominent leaders)
(The famous Ibn Battuta)
(Syr Daria River at night)

A short walk in the park brought us to the Syr Darya River where there is a promenade along the river where there is a line of bronze busts of Central Asia’s historical leaders. The view of Khujand is beautiful from between the two main bridges.

(Khujand Grand Hotel)

We had dinner at Zaitun Restaurant and later split into 3 groups. Our group stayed overnight at Khujand Grand Hotel, Tajikistan. The other two hotels were Deluxe Hotel and Feiruz Hotel.

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