Nurek Tourist Places to Visit in Nurek, Tajikistan, Asia
Nurek also called as Nurak is a city situated in Khatlon province of Tajikistan, about 72 kms southeast of national capital Dushanbe. The city was formed in the year 1960 and known for military establishment and famous Nurek Dam.
Geography of Nurek:
Nurek is positioned between latitude 38°23′ in the north and longitude 69°19′ in the east is located at an altitude of 885 meters.
Nurek Dam is one of the biggest dams in Tajikistan on the banks of Vakhsh River. The construction of dam was started in 1961 and was completed in the year 1980. With a height of 300 meters Nurek Dam is the highest man made dam with more than 700 meters length.
The hydro electricity produced from Nurek Dam serves the higher percentage of Tajikistan electricity needs.
Nurek Reservoir is the biggest reservoir in Tajikistan served by the Nurek Dam. It has a water capacity of 10.500 km³ and a surface area of 98 sq. km. and its length is more than 70 km. The water of the reservoir is used for irrigation purpose.
How to reach Nurek?
Nurek is served by Dushanbe International Airport with daily flights to Khujand and bordering countries destinations situated about 130 kms from the city centre.
The nearest railway station to Nurek is Dushanbe Railway Station located at a distance of 63 kms.
Due to the proximity with national capital Dushanbe, Nurek has good connectivity with its nearby regions and major cities of the country. Tourists can book Taxis or Minivans to move within the city and to reach airport other than buses.
Food, Culture and Shopping in Nurek:
Nurek is a multicultural and a multiethnic city houses the population of all the major religions include Muslims, Christian and Buddhists. More than 90% of Nurek population is filled by the citizens of Muslim community, followed by the lower majority of Christians and Buddhists. Tajik, Russian, Khufi and Wakhi are the commonly spoken languages in Nurek.
Nurek is home to few Chinese and Western countries restaurants along with several Tajikistan traditional food corners. One can find the restaurants of Dushanbe City (72 kms) for better varieties.
Nurek City is one of the best places in Tajikistan to purchase traditional handicraft products made by wood, cloth and metal. Cloth stores, shoe centres, daily usable item shops and mobile centres are also found in Nurek.
Places to see in Nurek:
Nurek Dam is one of the must visit places in Nurek. At present it is the highest man made Dam in the world with a height of 300 meters. The construction project of the dam began in 1961 and was completed in 1980. The length of the dam is 700 meters.
Nurek Reservoir is another prime attraction in Nurek served by the Nurek Dam with water capacity of 10.500 km³. Nurek Reservoir is considered as the biggest reservoir in Tajikistan.
The Palace of Unity:
The Palace of Unity also known as Vahdat Palace is located in the vicinity of Hotel Avesto of Dushanbe. The outer structure of the building looks amazing.
Other tourist attractions in Nurek include:
- Massive Statue of Somoni
- Gurminj Museum of Musical Instruments
- Dushanbe Synagogue
- Puppet Theatre
- Tajik State National University
- Victory Park
- Fort Hissar
- Rudaki Statue
Best time to visit Nurek:
From July to October is the ideal time to travel Nurek to enjoy the marvelous beauty of Nurek Dam and the Reservoir.
Accommodation Options in Nurek:
The hotels in Nurek and Dushanbe (about 70 kms) are as follows:
- Kurganteppa Hotel
- Hotel Ramz
- Hotel Hammom
- Hyatt Regency Dushanbe Hotel
- Hotel Tajikistan
- Hotel Mercury
- Hotel Almos
- Hotel Serena
- Hotel Sino
- Vefa Center
- Taj Palace Hotel
- Avesto Dushanbe
- Hotel Grand Asia
- Gastnitsa Vakhsh
- Best Eastern Tajikistan