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Other Main Cities/Resorts
Kulob, Qurghonteppa, Murghob, Khujand
Scene and Culture
Tajikistan is the poorest and most war-torn country of the Central Asian republics. After the disintegration of the USSR civil war raged until a cease fire was agreed in late 1996. The economy remains in tatters and Tajikistan therefore does not make a great holiday destination though the Pamir mountains do provide spectacular scenery.
Very few people have the money to go out regularly and even in the centre of Dushanbe almost nothing is open after 10 pm even at weekends.
Gay life in Tajikistan is a very discreet with no obvious venues and no gay scene to speak of. Apparently the small park opposite the Gastronom shop is meant to be cruisy but its reported that most likely you will find it full of bearded old men nodding off on the benches.
If you live in the country and are very openly gay (it is just about OK for a foreigner so long as you never actually admit to the fact to a Tajik) you may never meet a Tajik who admits to being gay. Worse still, you are unlikely to meet a gay Tajik who is prepared to take the risk of being associated with you.
Before visiting Tajikistan we would recommend that you check the up to date position with the Foreign Office
Gay Age of Consent
Lesbian Age of Consent
The legislation of Tajikistan (Section 125.1) still follows the corresponding Section 121 from the Former Soviet Union, which only specifically criminalizes "anal intercourse between men". Lesbian and non-penetrative gay sex between consenting adults is not explicitly mentioned in the law as being a criminal offense.
Though Tajikistan is not a large country, it’s climate varies widely because it is so mountainous. Spring (March-May) and Autumn (Sept-Nov) is moderate. In the cities, daytime temperatures average around 20-30°C. This is definitely the best time of the year to visit. Avoid the scorching heat of summer when daytime maximum temperature often exceed 40°C particularly the southern cities of Qurghonteppa and Kulob. Though if you plan to go into the mountains the summer is the best time to visit.
In winter there is usually snowfall in the valleys in January and February. In the mountains, however, conditions are harsh and the higher mountain passes are closed.