|Pack of cigarettes||$1.42|
|Utilities (Electricity, Heating, ...) for medium apartment||$24.24|
|Monthly Pass (local transport)||$5.05|
|1 Pair of Nike shoes||$71.08|
|Apartment (3 bedrooms) in city centre||$462.05|
|Apartment (3 bedrooms) outside of centre||$152.32|
|Loaf of white bread||$0.38|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) outside of centre||$71.08|
If you will study your world history, one of the popular roads that flourished thousands of years ago is the Silk Road. Do you want to visit one of the cities where this trade route ran? Then try spending a day or two touring at Istaravshan. This city is located at the northern foot of the mountain range or Turkistan. This city is part of Tajikistan and of the Sughd province. It is said to be one of the oldest as well as most beautiful cities in this country. History dates the establishment of this city to about 2500 years. This is a significant stop along the route of the Silk Road.
How can you get in to this beautiful city of Istaravshan? There are many ways, but as a foreign tourist, your main point of entry can be the international airport of Ghafurov. This city is also located in the same province of Istaravshan, Sughd. You can also get in to this city via Dushanbe. There are many cheap flights to Istaravshan and you can find one with a connection to Dushanbe. From the airport, you can take the local bus wherein you have to go out of the airport and hire a taxi going to the bus station (which can be uncomfortable) or take the marshrutkas (a form of shared taxi hybrid with minibus). This option is cheaper than the regular taxi and has regular route all over the country. It is possible to get around the city using that shared taxi or the regular taxi. You can also walk around, especially in the downtown area.
In this modern world, some of the city’s tourist attractions and greatest features include historic museums. There are bazaars, trade and craft centers, ancient ruins like Bundzhikat as well as mosques. You may want to get a hold of the local products here as the city is known for having great artisans in which they create wares and other handicrafts. You can explore the Katta Soy reservoir and the "Uroteppa" , a local resort guest house here. The Sanatorium "Havatag" is another interesting place to visit.
There are many good hotels in Istaravshan and most of them are affordable – good for backpacking travelers. You can arrange travel packages with the use of online booking sites instead of the traditional travel agencies. With these websites, you can even find deals about cheap flights to Istaravshan.