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Lake Alexander (Iskanderkul)

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Address: Iskanderkul | Saratog, Tajikistan
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

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Amazing turquoise colored lake

The turquoise water is stoning, not matter if Alexander The Great really used the shore for his camp site. It's a long ride from Dushanbe and you really have to see the lake... read more

Reviewed 3 October 2016
Bangkok, Thailand
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Voorschoten, The Netherlands
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187 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 193 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

On one of the first days of October 2016 we stayed a night at Iskanderkul in the Turbaza cottage park. We stayed in room 7. This holiday park with cottages is located on the northern shore of Lake Iskanderkul, about 300 meters from the place where the road reaches the shore of this lake. On the grounds of this park... More 

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Stratford, Canada
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225 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 173 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 2016

Stayed in a hostel/homestay up the valley from the lake - there is accommodation on the lake in small cabins, but the hostel gets you up a lot higher - depending on the spelling, the village is Sarytag, or Saritag. Nascent tourist business - a king of expensive purpose built B and B, some homestays, and the hostel, which is... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 October 2016

The turquoise water is stoning, not matter if Alexander The Great really used the shore for his camp site. It's a long ride from Dushanbe and you really have to see the lake during different day time to see how the color and light is changing. So take your time as the surrounding is perfect to get explored. A quite... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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11 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 September 2016

It was a long drive but it was totally worth it - the scenery on the way and there was stunning. The contrast between the dry mountains and fertile valleys was stark, with the gorgeous blue glacial water.

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New York City
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900 reviews
470 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 558 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 July 2016

Arrange for a driver, a 4x4 is good to have but not a must, and go on a day trip to this lovely spot. It takes around four hours, and costs no more than $125 for car and driver. Buy produce and meat for a freshly prepared lunch at the TurBasa, a collection of cabins in which to overnight near... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 June 2016 via mobile

The drive there from Dushanbe took bit less than 3h and was definitely worth it! The lake in mountain views looked amazing. It's worth to walk to the waterfall as well and to the mountain close to entry gate to get panorama view.

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Brussels, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 301 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 July 2015

It is easy to find shared transport Duchanbe Sarvoda, right now the Anzob tunnel is closed and the (poor) road goes through the spectacular Anzob Pass, 3300 m. It is also rather easy to get lifts (generally fee) from Sarvoda to Iskender Kul. It is well worth it to stop a few kms before to appreciate the colourful canyon. Despite... More 

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2015

We hired a car ($200 for the day) to get from Dushanbe to Iskanderkul and back (3.5-4hrs each way). Not only was the drive incredibly beautiful driving through the high mountains and through small villages, but once we got to the lake we were blown away! It is so still and creates and amazing reflection of the surrounding mountains. Absolutely... More 

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Riga, Latvia
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189 reviews
94 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 189 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 April 2015

Iskanderkul lake is located between spurs of Hissar range. It is more then 2 km above sea level. It is one of the most spectacular and picturesque places in Tajikistan. The lake named after the great military leader Alexander The Great, who to be said passed the lake on his way to India. "Iskander" is Persian equivalent for Alexander while... More 

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Lviv, Ukraine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 October 2012

When you first look at the pictures of the lake on the internet you immediately think they have been edited with photoshop. But once you're there you won't believe your eyes! The lake is the biggest one of the Zeravshan Valley with incredible milky blue waters, a little bit too cold though. In the area close to the lake there... More 

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