A Walk through small-town Tajikistan

Posted by on March 18, 2013

There are times that, honestly, I can’t really explain why. A place just grabs me, without much of a clear reason way. Istravshan was, I think, one of those. Though of some prominence in Tajikistan’s history, today Istravshan is just  a small-town with a big bazaar and a couple of historic mosques and mausoleums. It could be any city in Central Asia, in that respect. Still, though, it stuck with me terribly fondly.

Photobucket

In the central park, Rudaki overlooks a modern mosque and a couple of cleaning ladies sitting for a quick break.

Photobucket

Which they didn’t seem to mind me interrupting. Directions in hand, I left them to their leisure.

Photobucket

Like any town in Central Asia, there’s a big bazaar where you can buy.. well, just about anything. Bonus points if it was, at some point, part of a sheep.

Photobucket

It smells, of course, like shashlyk…

Photobucket

…and spices.

Photobucket

The neighborhoods, too, are worth a wander.

Photobucket

For the occasional laugh.

Small Town Kids

For the children that seem at times to be just waiting for someone to walk along with a camera.

Photobucket

And of course for the beautiful buildings tucked away in the maze.

Your Friendly Local Neighborhood Postman

You will eventually get turned around, but no worries.
Just ask the nearest grey-beard and he’ll send you off the right way.

Photobucket

From a hill overlooking the town and sunset, the bazaar seems tantalizingly close.

Photobucket

Drop back in on the market at the end of the day.

Photobucket

But be sure to dodge those shashlyk spears!

It isn’t particularly beautiful, particularly old, or particularly important.

It is pretty pleasant, and I lingered for days. Check it out.

Be Sociable, Share!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *