|Gasoline (1 liter)||$1.16|
|Apartment (3 bedrooms) in city centre||$462.05|
|Monthly Pass (local transport)||$5.05|
|1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff||$0.04|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) outside of centre||$71.08|
|Water bottle (1.5 liter)||$0.48|
|Chicken breasts at the market||$4.79|
|Taxi 1hour Waiting||$10.00|
Ishqoshim, a capital town at Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Province in Tajikistan may not be the first place that you will pick when looking for a leisure holiday. Unlike other big cities and towns in the world, this place has nothing lavish to offer you. It can’t compete with the world in terms of modern architecture, big buildings, first class resorts and 5-star hotels given that this place is a mountainous part of the region. It has no big universities, temples or grand library to boost for and you definitely won’t find direct cheap flights to Ishqoshim easily. Indeed, this town is a little bit trivial when we talk about likely tourist destinations but it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t go on and pack your bags to go to this town even once in your life.
Though you may not find good beaches to do surfing in Ishqoshim this place offers something unique - a chance to meditate and talk to your inner self and a chance to rest peacefully and relax fully even for just a day or two. Ishqoshim is a very peaceful town with good mountains and natural sceneries that will captivate even the pickiest person on earth. Though you may not find good hotels in Ishqoshim you can easily visit the place and be invited graciously to one of the local homes. The people in this part of the region are hospitable and kind. Despite being poor, they accommodate people openly and do their best to please every visitor that will dare visit their town.
Their homes may not be lavish but will be decent enough to spend a day of two comfortably. Besides, you can save on costly hotel rooms if you live with them. Living with the townspeople also gives you a chance to learn their way of life. If you’re interested to learn different culture, living with them gives you the opportunity to listen, observe and participate to their local customs and beliefs. You can learn about their valued tradition and known more than what’s in the surface of this little town.
Of course, this town does not only provide breathing space to forget your worries for a while. If you take cheap flights to Ishqoshim you can easily travel to other parts of Tajikistan if this town ran out of things to hold you captive.