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The Zerafshan Valley is a region with a great diversity of animals, beautiful nature and rich culture. Please could you take time and look at some tips from our side. By following these tips you could not only find a common language with local people easily, but also help us to conserve the natural environment and cultural heritage for our future generations.
- If there is no bin near by to put your litter in, bring it home
- Recycling is extremly limited in Tajikistan. Try to buy goods and products in biodegradable packaging
- While trekking, use the existing trails; do not tread new ones. Straying from the trail can cause erosion and have other environmentally harmful impacts.
- Don’t remove flowers and plants; don’t step on flowers and plants
- Be careful when making a fire; be careful with cigarette butts and matches
- There is no sewerage system in tajik villages. Use only biodegradable soaps and shampoos while washing and taking a shower
- While camping on the river bank, dispose of waste water as far as possible from the stream
- Don’t hunt
- During animal observation tours, don’t forget to take binoculars with you. Keep at a reasonable distance from animals to avoid disturbing them. Don’t feed animals
- Do not purchase and do not accept as gifts, any animal or plant, or product made form animals and plants on the threatened or endangered list;
Cultural and social travelling tips
- Try to learn more about the geography, customs, manners and culture of the Zerafshan Valley. You can understand people and learn tajik traditional life by encouraging conversations. Share your own stories, so that local people can gain a veiw of life in your country.
- The men salute each other by shaking hands, putting the left hand over the heart. With the opposite sex, the salution is made only by putting the right hand on the heart
- Tajik villagers are used to dressing conservatively, keeping to the Muslim traditions. Even if it is rather hot in summer, shorts above the knee and sleeveless shirts are not desired
- When travelling without a guide, ask a person from the local community for permission to visit mosques and holy places
- Don’t forget to ask permission to take pictures of people and respect their wishes if they refuse. If you do take a picture, offer to send copies back to them and make sure to follow through with your promise
- In bazaars, bargaining is normal and expected. The seller will be glad to reduce the price, but avoid bargaining at “fixed price” shops
- Don’t buy and don’t take as gifts, items of antiques
- Remember, you can support the local poeple by buying handicrafts and other local products and services
- At Tajik table – at the Dastarkhon ( tablecloth spread on the floor)
- The eldest always starts eating first;
- Don’t be surprised and don’t take it as an insult, if the host, when pouring tea, only half fills your cup or even pours less than a half. In this way, the hosts are showing their respect to the guests. When receiving a cup of tea, do this with the right hand while putting the left hand on the heart.
- After all meals, people hold the hands cupped at chest level while grace is said. Upon conclusion of the prayer the people put their hands in front of their face
- Never put the bread upside down;
- Never step over or on the Dastarkhon;