Wildlife and tourism in Tajikistan

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Home Tourism in Sarichashma What to expect?

What to expect?

The surroundings of Sarichashma offer an impressive variety of landscapes, from gentle hills to narrow gorges. The contrast between the wide river valley of the Pyanj with its branches and islands and the hills and rugged cliffs at both riverbanks, the Afghan and the Tajik side, is impressive. The area of the conservancy is predominantly mountainous with steep cliffs. In higher elevations, north of the present conservancies you will find an impressive erosion landscape formed over centuries by rain and rivers in conglomerate sandstone.

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Vegetation is rich and varies depending on altitude. In the lower areas you find pistachio and almond woodlands. In higher elevations with more precipitation vegetation is almost forest like or forms meadows full of flowers.

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You may be lucky enough to meet some rare wild animals, such as the markhor or the urial sheep. In the lower ranges red fox and jackal are common. There are plenty of various birds. The colourful roller is present almost everywhere. The see-see partridge as well as the chukar partridge and the pheasant represent the gallinaceous birds. There are many birds of prey, especially golden eagle, vultures and falcons.

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In Kavok, village in the mountains above the conservancy you will be met with the typical Tajik warm hospitality. The local hunters in Kavok as well participate in the conservation efforts of “Morkhur” and intent to develop another conservancy in the areas surrounding their village.

The nicest time is in spring, from early March until End of May. Later it is very hot in the lower area and most vegetation is burned by the sun. However, in higher elevations it is still pleasant, even in summer and vegetation longer remains green accordingly. For observation of markhor End November/Beginning December is a good time due to the rut.

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