When it comes to a trip to Abdurahmoni Jomi, the people in this small but beautiful town in Tajikistan have a knack for welcoming foreigners. Many tourists come here each year to soak up the sun and enjoy a quiet life among the locals. In fact, most tourists end up staying for the day or two and then visiting the markets and restocking their bags for another round of shopping in the capital city of Tajikistan, Pohorje, or further up the coast in Herat.
Tourists coming to visit the region often stay overnight in Makhimaj, a town near the border with China. They then drive down to the coast and visit some spectacular villages along the way. Most of these village visit are in the Hindu religion. The streets are dotted with many painted stone images depicting gods and goddesses. This tradition started during the rule of the former Shoshti dynasty which came from India.
As part of their cultural tradition, tourists are allowed to visit the tomb of a Tajik leader called Abdulhagi, who was born around the eighth century. The tomb is located at a site called Qutub Minar, just north of Makhimaj. A walk from there leads you on a short but delightful journey to the fortress of Halim Khajim. It is here that tourists can see the tomb of their ancestor Baba Seyid, who is also buried at the site. It is thought that Seyid founded his family’s fortress here after he was forced to flee from his home in Pakistan.
To get to the heart of this colourful culture, tourists should head to Lashkar Khat. The most prominent attraction here is the fortress, which is the biggest attraction of the town. Built in the Mughal style, the fortress was largely constructed during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The imposing nature of the structure makes it one of the best places to visit in the city.
Other attractions here include the Muslim Museum and the Islamic Museum, both of which contain many ancient items. There is also a small theatre called the Al-Noor Mosque. It contains a number of stalls selling local produce such as rice, oats, fruit and fish. Many tourists visit the museum to take a look at some of the works of art done by local artists.
One of the major things that many tourists don’t realise about Lashkar Khat is that it is an excellent place for trekking. There are many beautiful trekking trails that stretch from the village to the foothills of the Thar Desert and back. This trip will enable you to see some of the more remote areas of Pakistani culture that you may have only been able to see on a visit to the capital city of Quetta.