|1 Pair of Jeans
|1 Pair of Nike shoes
|One-way ticket (local transport)
|Local cheese (1kg)
|Apartment (1 bedroom) outside of centre
|Utilities (Electricity, Heating, ...) for medium apartment
|Cinema, international release, 1 seat
|Chicken breasts at the market
If you want to know what the best cities to visit in Tajikistan are, the city of Panjakent of the Sughd province is the place to be. The city is one of the tourism hubs of the country. The city is located in the province of Sughd. The name Panjakent can be translated to five settlements and this is also one of the ancient towns here. This is one of settlements of the Sogdania Empire that reigned here before the Islamic Central Asia. The city is said to have flourished way back in the 6th century BC. The city is near the border of Uzbekistan and is the gate to the Zeravshan Valley.
How can you get in to this ancient and historic city? There are many ways, but most tourists are using Samarkand as the main point of entry. This is city is the capital of Uzbekistan. Visas to both Tajikistan and Uzbekistan are necessary if you will use this route. However, get to know if the border between Samarkand and Panjakent are still open. Cheap flights to Panjakent may use the airport in Dushanbe or in Khujand. From any airport, you can take the marshrutkas/shared taxis and travel time is about seven to ten hours. It may cost you about $30. The travel time is good because you can enjoy the scenic views here. You can get around the city using the only bus service here that runs along the main road. Taxis or hitching a ride are other means to get around.
There are many good and comfortable hotels in Panjakent. Being a significant city here, you will find one that is comfortable yet affordable. You can get hotel for as low as $10 per night. Be sure that you will take advantage of special travel deals such as cheap flights to Panjakent using online booking sites instead of the travel agencies. Using these can save you money and time in booking; just make reservations in advance.