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- A man made “sea” in Khujand the reservoir, now officially designated as the Tajik Sea as of 2016. It is part of a designated wetlands or Ramsar site and it is quite large so it gives the impression of an inland sea. Lots of birds for bird-watching enthusiasts and you can swim but most of the public beaches are a bit of a mess and not cared for. Nice place to take a dip on a hot day regardless.Written June 18, 2018This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- The Historical Museum of Sughd Region is the best museum in Khujand. The museum may not seem very modern or big, but it does enough to acquaint the visitor with sufficient information regarding the region and history of Tajikistan. Unfortunately, many signs and descriptions are in Tajik and little English explanation is given, though all the museum staff speak English well.Written January 11, 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- We caught a troop of young women preparing to perform, then watched them on stage. The grounds are magnificent. Do include this on you visit to Khujand.Written November 12, 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- The Kamal Khujandi Park is located on Ulitsa Akademikov Zafarof I Solekha. It's main entrance is to the right of the historic fortress and opposite the Theatre. An impressive sixteen columned arch at the entrance will be the first sighting of the Park. To the right of this columnar structure is the zero kilometer marker. On entering the park, you will be impressed by the immaculately maintained gardens. There are craft shops and quite a few f&b outlets to the left. Also on the left, seemingly built into the walls of the fortress, is the "Archaeological Museum of Khujand Fortification". We tried to visit but unfortunately it was closed.
As you walk through the park there are a few sculptures in the gardens. One of which shows a boy speaking to a girl who is seated on a bench. This sculpture is based on the popular 1957 movie,"I met a girl". This was the first Tajik production of a musical comedy to be popular in the USSR. As you walk through the park, the cable car station will be seen to the right, and the sound of water is never far away, as the "Brook of Razzok" meanders through the park, there are many fountains along the east to west path and a small waterfall is found in the western section of the park.
The main attraction of the park is the statue and mausoleum of Kamol Khujandi. Both are located in the western section of the park. This mausoleum is a tribute to Kamal, as he died in Tabriz, Iran where his real mausoleum can be visited today. He was born in Khujand in 1318, and became a popular poet. He went on a Hajj to Mecca in the 1350's and never returned to Khujand. he eventually settled in Tabriz, but was captured by the invading Mongols in 1385 and transferred to Sarai, Russia. He was freed when Tamerlane invaded ten years later, and moved back to Tabriz. It was at this time that his collection of almost 1,000 poems was saved. He died in 1400.
To the left of the mausoleum, at the end of the park, is a house museum dedicated to Kamol Khujandi. This was unfortunately closed when we visited. If you continue north on Ulitsa Sh Radzhabova on exiting the park, the first orthodox church in Tajikistan can be visited. The historic fort museum is also a must see.Written March 27, 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Unfortunately if you are expecting something of the silk road here you will be disappointed as it is a totally reconstructed fortress, which is lovely but not original or even restored original.Written November 17, 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- The Friday Mosque is located in the western section of the Panshambe Bazaar Square. This area is easily reached by taking Bus # 1 to the Panshanbe Bazar Bus Stop, and taking a short walk north past the war memorial. The first sight is the 21 meter minaret. It was built between 1865-1903, and is constructed from baked bricks. There is a plaque to the right of the wooden sculpted doors of the minaret which state the year of construction and the size of the bricks. Near the top of the minaret, just below the lanterns (windows) is a row of decorative tiles in a flower pattern. The sticks that protrude below this area were used in the initial construction, and serve the purpose of funneling excess moisture from the structure.
The Friday mosque also included a Madrasa. To the left of the mosque is a series of beautiful wooden sculpted columns and rooms which we assumed were accommodation for students. The mosque has a white facade, with a unique semi-portal with a sculpture of ancient decorating style on the Iwan. These white designs are similar to a honeycomb, and are found in the decoration of many 10-12th century madrasahs and mihrabs. The five powder blue domes on top of the mosque are visible from a distance, and best photographed from the square. The mosque was closed when we visited, so we didn't get an opportunity to view the interior.
The fountain in the middle of the courtyard had quite a few cups placed on the edges. We assumed that this was the area where the Wudhu (washing yourself before prayer) was performed. After viewing the mosque, take a short stroll east to see the mausoleum of Sheik Muslihidden and another building with a teal dome and minaret. The many pigeons in this area are a part of the attraction, and you will have fun feeding them in the square.Written April 5, 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- The statue of Ismail Somoni is located in Somoni park on the northern bank of the Syr Darya. There are fountains and many wide steps leading from the lower levels of the park to the statue. On either side of the monument are two bronze lions which are seemingly out of place in Central Asia. In the 10th century when Ismail ruled, there was an Asiatic lion which roamed these mountains. On the base of the statue is a bronze band with reliefs relating to the Samanid Empire.
The statue shows Ismail in Royal robes, with crown and sun shaped scepter held aloft in his right hand. The crown is the same as that seen on the Tajikistan coat of arms and flag. Ismail was the most famous leader of the Samanid Empire, which ruled Transoxiana and Khorasan between 819 to 999. The Empire was divided between four brothers initially, and it was Ismail who united the Samanid state. He achieved independence from the Abbasid Caliphate, and strongly promoted arts, science and literature. His capital, Bukhara in Uzbekistan, became the most important city in Central and Southern Asia.
On his death in 907, he was succeeded by his son. The currency of Tajikistan is named in honour of Ismail, with the 100 somoni note bearing his image. We had also visited his mausoleum in Bukhara. After visiting this monument, the Khujand stella is a short walk north, and the city beach a short walk south. The Lenin statue used to stand at this site, but it was moved to the nearby Victory park after independence.Written March 24, 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- The Kamal Khujand Alley is located on Prospekt Ismoili Somoni, a short walk north of the Alley of Heroes. At the northern end of the alley, is a sculpture of Kamal Khujand seated with a book open in his hands. There are five octagonal shaped steps which lead to the monument. On the tiled area next to the monument is an ancient map of Central and Southern Asia. This map shows the route which Kamoli took on his "hajj"(pilgrimage) to Mecca. The names of cities of that era and a dotted line showing his route can be viewed. The cities which he visited after starting from Khujand, include Tashkent, Bukhara, Samarkand, Khwarzm, Baghdad, Tabriz, Medina and Mecca.
Kamoli Khujandi was born in Khujand in 1321. Kamoli became a famous poet, and left Khujand to go on a Hajj to Mecca in the 1350's. He never returned to Khujand, and settled in Tabriz, Iran, between 1374-1382. In 1385, he was captured by the Golden Horde (Mongols) and transferred to Sarai, Russia. In 1395, Tamerlane invaded Sarai and Kamoli was freed and returned to Tabriz. His followers collected almost 1,000 poems from him after he returned. Kamoli died in Tabriz in 1400. A mausoleum was built in his honour, and can be visited in Tabriz today. He is remembered as one of the greatest romantic poets of the 14th century.
Another statue of Kamoli can be viewed in the Khujand Park next to the local museum and fortress. If you walk north, a sculpture of another famous poet, Rudaki, can be visited, and if you walk south, the WW2 war memorial may be visited.Written March 25, 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- We were so impressed by this fabulous house museum which gave a great insight into how people lived in the traditional housing complexes. Highly recommend.Written November 17, 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Located across from the park and the Fortress, the buildings design is really beautiful. The fountain in front of it also adds to its charm.Written September 18, 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- One of the prettiest monuments in all of Khujand! The statue represents the city's independence, and how they stood tall against the Soviet Union.Written September 18, 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- This tall three sided stella is located on the A376 highway which runs north to south through the city. It is easily reached by taking bus # 1 to the Panshanbe Bazar Bus Station. There are also quite a few mashrutkas which run on this route. The section of the monument which faces the road, shows a soldier on bended knee and opposite is a mother holding her child. In between these images, is a plaque with the years of the world war II (1941-1945). The script on either side of this area, refers to the soldiers who didn't return home, memory of the fallen and also mentions Allah and the Muslim faith. At the base of the stella is a red star which houses the eternal flame. Unfortunately it was not lit when we visited.
The second side of the monument was a relief of Athena, the goddess of war, injured soldiers, marching soldiers, military equipment and a mother holding her child. This represented all persons affected by the war, with Athena leading the forces to victory. The last relief was the best, as it showed children and doves, signifying peace and the end of the war. This monument is an old Soviet memorial, with the script updated since Tajik independence. Approximately 300,000 Tajik soldiers fought in WW2, with an estimated 60,000 which didn't return home.
To the rear of the monument are two memorial stones. The first with a triangular shaped top is titled "In memory of the fatherland". It highlights the names of eight persons. The second stone, is sculpted in the shape of a flame, and is dedicated to soldiers from Leninabad (the name of Khujand city in Soviet times) who were killed in the Afghanistan war (1979-1989). The names of the soldiers are listed on the monument. Other war related sites in the town include Victory park and a small section in the fort museum dedicated to the war.
After visiting this site, take a short walk north to the Panshambe Bazaar Square which includes many attractions, such as the Bazaar, Mausoleum of Sheik Muslihiddin and Friday Mosque.Written April 8, 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- The Mausoleum of Sheik Muslekheddin is located north west of Panschambe Square. This area is easily reached by taking bus # 1. The mausoleum is next to the friday mosque. Entrance to the mausoleum is gained through two scilpted wooden doors on the southern side of the building. The doors have a plaque above them which has the name of Sheikh Muslihiddin and the years of his life i.e. 1133-1223. This building has two decorated domes atop, which are difficult to appreciate due to the hundreds of pigeons roosting in this area. Best photos of the domes are taken from the rear of the building.
The mausoleum is at a historical site, as it is said that the mongols destroyed this section of the city during their invasion in 1220. The remains of the Sheik were originally buried in the village of Unji, but were later transferred to this site. The mausoleum was rebuilt in 1394 and again in the 16th century, when a new room was added. The mausoleum suffered the similar fate of religious buildings during Soviet times, as it was used for a different purpose of hosting the city's regional museum. The museum contents were removed and the mausoleum was reopened in 2001. We found the years of the Sheik's life stated on the plaque confusing, as it had 1223 as the year that he died, but he must have passed away years before if the Mongols burnt his tomb in 1220.
It is said that "Manokib", which was the title of the Sheik's boigraphy was saved. To the right of the mausoleum is a beautiful modern building with a teal dome and minaret. The sign above the entrance stated that this structure was a library. Whatever it's purpose is is a beautiful building which adds to beauty of the nearby complex.Written April 5, 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- The cable car is a new attraction in the city, having been opened in May 2019. There are cable car stations on either side of the Syr Darya. The southern station is located in the Kamoli Khujand park to the right of the museum. The northern station is located in the Somoni Park, to the left of the famous statue of Ismael Somoni. The cost of a ride is 15 somoni for a single trip, and 25 somoni for a return trip. It is probably best to take the trip at night when the beauty of the city lights can be seen.
I would suggest a one way trip, as the ride takes about 15 minutes which is really slow for a cable car on a short journey of approximately 1 km. Couples will probably enjoy the slow trip as it gives an opportunity to relax and experience the beautiful views of the river. There are 46 cars with a few of them being tagged as VIP cars at a cost of 20 somoni for a ride. We couldn't tell the difference between these cars and the regular cars. The cable car travels at 35 meters above the river.
The Somoni Park is an interesting area with sculptures and fountains. If you walk north, the Stella Khujand can be viewed. If you head south, the city beach can be visited. The bus stop is a short walk east of the northern cable car site, and buses and mashrutkas regularly run on this route back to the town center.Written March 21, 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- This mosque was typical. The courtyard had lots of pigeons which fascinates young children. We did not attempt to go inside.Written March 30, 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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