Dushanbe

Dushanbe

Named for the Persian word for Monday, Dushanbe was at one point a small market village where traders would gather each Monday to sell their goods. During the Soviet era, the city grew to be the most important industrial center in Tajikistan. As Tajikistan’s capital, the city is home to various national museums, but many residents and travelers prefer to take in Dushanbe from its shady public teahouses, chaikhana, most of which are decorated in the traditional, colorful Tajik style.

PUBLISHED: July 18, 2013