In September 2013, Zukhra Iakupbaeva, a student of the American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, participated in the mobile school organized by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.
The way from Tajikistan’s capital, Dushanbe, to the second largest city of country, Khujand, and from Khujand north to the Kyrgyz border, Zukhra says, presents a number of wonders in Central Asia. One can see innumerable amount of small and big rivers, such as Zaravshan and Syr Darya, the entirely mountainous areas with human settlements, Kairakum water reservoir, and so-called buffer zone, a 1 km line between Kyrgyz and Tajik borders. “This is, definitely, one of the picturesque ways in Central Asia,” shares Zukhra.
*The authorship of the photos belongs to Zukhra Iakupbaeva and Thorsten Wolters, participant of the school and a student of Helmut Schmidt University in Hamburg, Germany.
1 km between Kyrgyz and Kazakh borders is not marked with any wire fence
93 per cent of Tajikistan’s territory is mountains
A bridge connects two Tajik settlements
A donkey as a local transport
A hydropower station on Zaravshan River among the rocks
A number of small rivers with pure water coming from glaciers is met on the way from Dushanbe to Khujand
A professional driver knows every little piece of the road
An abandoned wagon in a Tajikistan’s gorge with English text on it
At the feet of mountains, where body of water is, exists dozens of households
Different colors of minerals indicate how rich this area is
Electricity connection among Tajikistan’s mountains
It could have been an attempt to build a railway
Kairakum water reservoir is one of the biggest ones in Tajikistan and is located close to the Kyrgyz border
One more small river in water-rich Tajikistan
One of the biggest in Central Asia, Syr Darya River, meets a visitor when entering northern Tajikistan’s Khujand city