Khujand is a city in Tajikistan.
Khujand is the second largest city in Tajikistan (163000 inhabitants). It is located in Ferghana Valley on both banks of Syrdarya river. During Soviet times it was named Leninabad.
There is an international airport in Gafurov, 10 km from Khujand. Often Gafurov is referred to by its Soviet name - Chkalovsk. Khujand airport has many flights to Russia.
Shared taxis and marshrutkas to Dushanbe, Penjikent, Istaravshan and other southern Tajikistan destinations depart from western bus station.
Marshrutkas and taxis to Uzbekistan border depart from nothern bus station. Taxi to Oybek post should cost about 50-80 somoni
Marshrutkas to Isfara, with connection to Batken and Osh, leave from a small terminal 2km south of city. From centre, take frequent marshrutkas towards Gafurov and ask driver to let you off at "stancia Isfara" as it is very easy to miss.
Taxi should cost not more than 10 somoni for any destination in town. Taxi to the airport costs about 30 somoni. There are plenty of marshrutkas as well. Don't expect anyone speak English.
There is not much to see in Khujand. Usually it's just a hub for tourists heading to Zeravshan valley, Dushanbe or Uzbekistan. Here are some places to see in town.
- Ismail Somoni monument. This new monument is located on the left bank of Syrdarya. It stands on top of a hill surrounded by fountains. There is a color and music show every evening.
- Masjidi Jami mosque and medrese. These buildings are used for its religious purposes. They are located on bazaar square.
- Panchshanbe Bazaar. Nice Stalin-era building and a good place for shopping local food.
- Ruins of the X century citadel. There is a small renovated part which contains a museum about region history.
- Lenin Statue. Once located where the Ismail Somoni statue now stands, the largest Lenin statue in Central Asia is now found in an unmarked park. After crossing the bridge across the Seer Darya from the Leninabad Hotel, go left and ask for the haikali Lenin (Lenin statue). It will be in a park next to a Tajik war monument.
Eat local cheap food.
Oshkhona Lazzat Located in the main square in front of Panjshanbe bozor, next to the unfinished mosque. They are a Tajik cafe that serves traditional food, but their giant meat sambusas (dumplings) are their specialty. Not vegetarian friendly, but they have some non-meat options available.
- Kafe Bargi Sabz, 153 Kamoli Khujand (153, ул. Худжанди), ☎ +992 92 987 7337. 7:00 to 18:00 ex Sun.. The only vegetarian restaurant in Tajikistan. Serves not only salad and sandwiches but many vegetarian version of local cuisine. Its service level is at western standard yet priced popular among local.
- Zaytun, (40.299187, 69.637886). Delicious food in a beautiful ensemble. $5 (two courses + salad & tea).
- Leninabad. Overpriced Soviet-era hotel, yet cheap. Double room with private shower costs 120 somonis for foreigners (100 somoni for citizens of CIS, 80 somoni for tajiks). A single room with a twin-sized bed will cost 100 somoni (May 2017). Lift is not working, so you probably wouldn't live higher than the 4th floor, but everything is in good order including hot shower and cable TV. Staying here itself is an attraction as not many soviet era hotels are left still operating. The left luggage service costs 2 somoni. The hotel is located on right bank of Syrdarya near the river.
- Ehson Hotel, Gagarin Street, (at Ismoili Somoni), ☎ +992 98 707 5989. This economy hotel next to city hospital is more crowded than Leniabad but shows its age already. Room with shared bath starts with 60SOM but better value is upstairs room from 80SOM and they do not discriminate foreigners price-wise. 60 to 140 (2017).
- Somoni hostel, Ismoili Somoni 7a (At Univermag bus stop cross the street, pass the communist monument, a bit further south along the prospect you will see a 5 story new building, use the side stairs (there is a green camping sign at the door) and walk all the way to the top), ☎ +992 92 621 7887. Friendly host, cozy rooms, not that big though, especially in summer it may be full quickly. $10 incl. breakfast.
There is a Kairakum reservoir on Syrdarya river. To get there you should takt marshrutka #16 near Panchshanbe bazaar (2,5 somoni, 30 minutes). There is a small beach with infrastructure and eateries near dam, and a lot of sandy beaches further. Water is good and warm, though beaches themselves could be dirty.