Photo Essay: Tajikistan Landscapes Through the Lens of Muslim Harji

Tajikistan Map

A map of Tajikistan with surrounding countries. Among the places Muslim Harji visited with his wife, Nevin, during his adventurous and heart warming trip to Tajikistan were Dushanbe, Tajikistan’s capital, and the autonomous region of Gorno-Badakhshan which is inhabited by Ismailis in very large numbers. Image: United Nations, with Dushanbe and Badakhshan highlighted by Simergphotos.

Editor’s note: Muslim Harji’s series on Central Asia continues with these picturesque photos of Tajikistan’s landscapes captured through his lens.  Muslim’s previous pieces in the series can be seen by clicking on the following links:

Together with the earlier pieces, this new piece shows the harmony between man and nature in one of the remotest regions on this planet.


bd933dMuslim Harji, left, breaking bread with the brothers and sisters in Raushan Valley. Photo: Muslim Harji. Copyright.


Our visit to the Pamir Mountains of Tajikistan introduced us to some the most spectacular scenery we’ve taken in on our journey thus far. Other mountainous areas, hyped in guidebooks and on travel websites, have only paled in comparison. The Pamir region not only stands out for the severity and beauty of its landscape, but it shines most of all for the colorful, hospitable and fascinating Pamiri people who live there. Please see my earlier posts on the region.

4V9A4294Pamir Mountain range through the cockpit of the plane. Photo: Muslim Harji. Copyright.


bd92b1Narrow and winding roads from Khorogh to Raushan in Gorno Badakhshan. Photo: Muslim Harji. Copyright.

~~~bd931e.jpgSunset in Langar. Photo: Muslim Harji. Copyright.


bd92c0Treacherous road leading in to Khorogh. Photo: Muslim Harji. Copyright.


Mawlana Hazar Imam, Badakhshan, May 1995. Photo: The Ismaili, special edition.His Highness the Aga Khan. Photo: The Ismaili

The Qur’an refers very often to nature as a reflection of Allah’s power of creation, and it says, look at the mountains, the rivers, the trees, the flowers, as evidence of Allah’s love for the people whom He has created. Today, I look at the environment and I say to you, I believe Allah is smiling upon you, and may His smile always be upon you. Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan,  Badakhshan, May 27, 1995.


ab7f8eInscribed permanently on a mountain outside of Khorogh is this welcome and congratulatory message for Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, on the occasion of the 49th Ismaili Imam’s Golden Jubilee celebrated from July 11, 2007 until December 13, 2008. Photo: Muslim Harji. Copyright.

~~~ab7ef2A close up of the welcome message. Photo: Muslim Harji. Copyright.


Muslim Harji Prayer Houses_29Looking out of the stage….the 1995 venue where Mawlana Hazar Imam gave a mulaqat to the Langar jamat in the Wakhan Corridor of Badakhshan. The mountains in the background are in Afghanistan. Badhakshan is a common region to both Tajikistan and Afghanistan. The two countries are separated by the Panj River. Photo: Muslim Harji. Copyright.

~~~4V9A4298.jpgOn flight from Khorogh to Dushanbe, this landscape photo is captured through the cabin window. Photo: Muslim Harji. Copyright.

~~~bd92efA young Ismaili herder tending to village cattle after school, near the village of Langar. Photo: Muslim Harji.

~~~bd92ffEnroute…from Khorogh to Raushan. Photo: Muslim Harji. Copyright.

~~~bd932e.jpgTraffic jam in the Valley. Photo: Muslim Harji. Copyright.

~~~bd934d.jpgNevin Harji, right, meeting Canadian cyclists while trekking the Wakhan Valley. Photo: Muslim Harji. Copyright.

~~~bd930e.jpgFacing Afghanistan. Photo: Muslim Harji. Copyright.

~~~4V9A3484Incredible beauty, where eagles fly over the mountains. Photo: Muslim Harji. Copyright.

~~~bd92d0.jpgIsmaili schoolgirls on lunch break amidst a fantastic setting near Kalai Khum in the Wakhan Corridor of Badakhshan. Photo: Muslim Harji. Copyright.

~~~bd9292.jpgPanj Daria…River dividing Tajikistan and Afghanistan. Photo: Muslim Harji. Copyright.

~~~bd92e0.jpgSunset in Namadgut , a small village north of Iskashim, on the Tajik Side. Photo: Muslim Harji. Copyright.

~~~bd9282.jpgPanj Daria…Landscape between Iskashim and Langar. Photo: Muslim Harji. Copyright.

~~~ab7e85The most beautiful landscape is seeing the happy faces of these lovely children. They were photographed in Namadghut in Badakhshan. Photo: Muslim Harji. Copyright.

Date posted: Friday, January 8, 2016.

Photos: Copyright © Muslim Harji. 2016.


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