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First steps into Central Asia
February 2010

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The gate that welcomes you to Kulob

Kulob, (also known as Kulyab or Kulab) is a very ancient city.

There are no huge ancient ruins remaining, but humans have lived here for almost 3 millennia:  In 2006, Kulob celebrated its 2700th anniversary!

Kulyab is a dusty town but it does have a few interesting sights.

There is one big square with a huge monument, built to celebrate the 2700th anniversary of the city, in 2006.

In fact, most landmarks of modern Kulob were built for those celebrations.


Policeman in Kulob, Tajikistan




Hotel Khatlon in Kolob, Tajikistan

I slept at one of the only high rise buildings in town, Hotel Kathlon (referring to the old name of the city).

It’s a new hotel where water and electricity (which means showers, bathrooms, light and heating) didn’t work on every room.
Still, it’s the best hotel in town. I didn't chose to stay there,but the guys from Hamsafar Travel booked a room.

Room at Hotel Khatlon in Kolob, Tajikistan Certainly, it will be a quite luxurious place when completed, but by now it’s only about clean rooms with a sober decoration.
Of course my room had something not working: It had electricity, it had water, the heating was OK... but there was no hot water, so the morning after I just went shower in the room in front of mine’s.

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Central Asia Travel Guide

Central Asia Travel Guide

Borat may not have been the most savoury of ambassadors, but at least he shone a light on Central Asia. With a history starring Alexander the Great, a landscape featuring snowcapped mountains in Tajikistan, and semi-nomadic Kyrgyz herders to hang out with, why wouldn't you go?

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