Dushanbe, the capital city of Tajikistan is renowned for its monuments, museums, palaces and forts. Dushanbe in the recent past was under the rule of USSR. The city’s architecture along with the culture and lifestyle of its residents are highly influenced by the Russians. Fort Hissar build during the 13th century is one of the major tourist destinations in Dushanbe. The monument of Somoni is another important place to visit. The country’s major festivals, events and days are celebrated with much fanfare in front of this monument.
The Tajikistan National Museum is a must visit attraction showcasing vast collection of items relating to the history of Tajikistan. Dushanbe Zoo is a premier tourist destination in Dushanbe housing more than 500 wild animals, reptiles and birds. Besides this, other important tourist places of interest in Dushanbe include National Museum of Antiquities, Vahdat Palace, Botanical Garden and Haji Yakoub Mosque.