Best Time to Visit Tajikistan

Landscape of beautiful rocky Fan mountains and Kulikalon lakes in Tajikistan

Seasons and Weather

Like much of the rest of Central Asia, Tajikistan has a continental climate characterized by hot summers and cold winters. The country is known for its mountainous landscape and as the altitude rises, the temperature cools down. At over 4,000 metres above sea level, the rugged Pamir Mountains are much cooler than the capital city Dushanbe, which sits at just 700 metres above sea level.

The best time to visit Tajikistan therefore depends on the activities you want to do there. If you’re looking to head into the mountains, it’s best to plan your trip between June and September. These months are warm and sunny, with little to no rainfall. This is ideal for trekking in the stunning Pamirs or driving the famous Pamir Highway.

However, if you’re keen to explore Dushanbe and Tajikistan’s other cities, these months can be stifling hot. Time your visit between late April and May for cooler temperatures, perfect for sightseeing, exploring museums and soaking up the culture.

From October, Tajikistan can start to see snowfall and roads can be closed. It’s not recommended to travel from now until March, as these winter months can be extremely hostile and mountain passes become inaccessible.

Climate | Dushanbe



JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Temp Min °C-115101418191813840
Temp Max °C91116232833363531251711
Rainfall (mm)19.226.839.525.3120.90002.27.315.8

Upcoming events

To help you plan your trip to Tajikistan, here’s an overview of the upcoming festivals and events taking place.

2020:

March 21st-24th – Navruz
May 9th – Victory Day
May 23rd - Eid al-Fitr
Spring TBC - Sayri Guli Lola

Festivals and Events

Here’s an insight into the festivals and events taking place in Tajikistan that you may wish to combine your visit with.

What is Navruz?

Celebrated over three days in March, Navruz is the celebration of the Persian New Year. This important festival is a community affair, with special dishes such as sumalak prepared by the women of the family. These dishes are only eaten on this occasion, with street parties, parades and concerts adding to the festivities.

What is Sayri Guli Lola?

Held in northern Tajikistan, Sayri Guli Lola is also known as the Tulip Festival. This colourful event lasts for two days and honors the native tulips that come into bloom in spring. It’s hosted by different towns and sees much music and dancing, as well as locals tying tulips around trees. There are also torchlight parades in the evening and special prayer services held in cemeteries to remember the dead.

When is Victory Day in Tajikistan?

A national public holiday, Victory Day celebrates the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany at the end of World War II. Held on May 9th every year, the festival sees fireworks and a huge military parade in Dushanbe, with 2,000 servicemen taking part in 2019. Each town has different celebrations, which acknowledge the achievements of wartime veterans.

What happens on Eid al-Fitr in Tajikistan?

Locally referred to as Idi Kurbon or Qurban Eid, Eif al-Fitr marks the end of the Ramadan holy month of fasting. On this day, Muslims celebrate with feasting, communal prayers and family visits, with the average household receiving over seventy visitors during the day. As Ramadan follows the lunar calendar, note that the dates of Ramadan and Eid ul-Fitr change each year.

See Also

For more information on visiting Tajikistan, check out our other travel resources:

Best places to visit – top destinations in Tajikistan
Top travel tips – information on currency, food and much more
Tourist visas - what you need to know to enter Tajikistan