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by Christian77
Wed Dec 11, 2019 6:47 pm
Forum: Tajikistan
Topic: Panjakent drivers (7 Lakes, Artuch, Dushanbe)
Replies: 6
Views: 405

Re: Panjakent drivers (7 Lakes, Artuch, Dushanbe)

Google maps shows distances. The guesthouse is as far from the lake as it is on the map. And no, there is no predictable public transportation this far up the lakes. At the Shing/Haftkul stop in Panjakent you can find someone who will offer to take you all the way up the lakes, but the chances of ge...
by Christian77
Wed Dec 11, 2019 4:05 am
Forum: Tajikistan
Topic: Panjakent drivers (7 Lakes, Artuch, Dushanbe)
Replies: 6
Views: 405

Re: Panjakent drivers (7 Lakes, Artuch, Dushanbe)

From Panjakent, yes a whole day should cover it (leave after breakfast, get back before dinner). If you want to stay by the lakes, then start here: https://goo.gl/maps/D5NMVTdSZYHqnAncA Or take recommendations from others for another guesthouse.
by Christian77
Mon Dec 02, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Price to buy whole shared taxi: Dushanbe to Penjikent
Replies: 6
Views: 78

Re: Price to buy whole shared taxi: Dushanbe to Penjikent

If you go to the starting point for Panjakent trips -- the Cement Factory on the north side of Dushanbe -- then it is about 100 per seat to the border. So you could get a whole car for 400. But many cars already have a passenger or two waiting in them, and some have 6 passenger seats. People will c...
by Christian77
Fri Nov 29, 2019 5:22 pm
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Price to buy whole shared taxi: Dushanbe to Penjikent
Replies: 6
Views: 78

Re: Price to buy whole shared taxi: Dushanbe to Penjikent

If you go to the starting point for Panjakent trips -- the Cement Factory on the north side of Dushanbe -- then it is about 100 per seat to the border. So you could get a whole car for 400. But many cars already have a passenger or two waiting in them, and some have 6 passenger seats. People will co...
by Christian77
Thu Nov 28, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: Tajikistan
Topic: Registration for Sim card in Tajikistan
Replies: 29
Views: 5639

Re: Registration for Sim card in Tajikistan

Tajikistan will now hand out free sim cards to all tourists https://vkd.tj/index.php/en/developments/24227-turistam-v-tadzhikistane-budut-razdavat-besplatnye-sim-karty-2 They didn't seem to follow through on that. I entered twice since the announcement and no sign of free SIM cards anywhere. Other ...
by Christian77
Sun Nov 10, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: 17 killed in tjk in isis attack
Replies: 4
Views: 356

Re: 17 killed in tjk in isis attack

There isn't a crossing. It's a GKNB checkpoint on a Tajikistan-to-Tajikistan road run by border guards, not a crossing. It's the same as what you'll go through on the Pamir highway in a few spots. The border guards also patrol border districts with no crossings and have checkpoints in these areas. S...
by Christian77
Sat Nov 02, 2019 5:24 am
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Stories of sexual assault and rape on the Silk Road
Replies: 7
Views: 670

Re: Attempted rape of solo female tourist, Bishkek-Osh highway

I also think that many of the "new" tourists are not as prepared or cautious and travel-hardened as those a decade ago. I would say they seem younger as well, but it could just be that I'm getting older. But definitely more female solo travellers. I remember being surprised when I would me...
by Christian77
Fri Nov 01, 2019 6:08 am
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Stories of sexual assault and rape on the Silk Road
Replies: 7
Views: 670

Attempted rape of solo female tourist, Bishkek-Osh highway

A young western female tourist took a seat in a shared car to Osh, and was treated normally by the men in the shared vehicle. However, at a toilet stop 5 local men followed her into the women's toilet area and attacked her from behind. One of them fell down, and she hit another one in the throat and...
by Christian77
Fri Nov 01, 2019 3:02 am
Forum: Itineraries & trip reports
Topic: Dushanbe to Osh in one day
Replies: 1
Views: 869

Re: Dushanbe to Osh in one day

I forgot to stress one thing: the time zone difference. Every time listed above is Tajikistan time. So if you are trying to make the 2pm Batken to Osh marshrutka when coming from the Tajik side, consider that that 2pm in Batken means 1pm on the Tajik side.
by Christian77
Wed Oct 30, 2019 5:52 am
Forum: Itineraries & trip reports
Topic: Dushanbe to Osh in one day
Replies: 1
Views: 869

Dushanbe to Osh in one day

Can you do it? Yes, you can. But speaking the local languages and/or Russian really, really helps. Instructions for the trip in reverse at the bottom. Realistically, you should break up the trip by doing an overnight in Khujand. If you want to just get to Osh, here's how to do it: When leaving Dusha...

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