Penjikent Rudaki museumPenjikent Rudaki museum

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Interesting museum for those who want to know more about the Sogdian civilization and the Tadjik history. Don't miss the colorful Sogdian frescoes!

My experience, Explo description: 

Abu Abdullo Rudaki was a famous poet of the 10th century. He lived in Pendjikent for a certain time, and became later a national heroe of Tadjikistan.
The Penjikent Rudaki museum is composed by a dozen of exhibition rooms. It deals with local traditions and animals, but its most interesting part deals with local History, and particularly with the Sogdian civilization. Penjikent was indeed a flourishing Sogdian city with a few thousands citizens, prospering thanks to the silk market. But at the 9th century, the city was destroyed by Arabs invadors.

Don’t miss the nice frescoes coming from the close Penjikent Ancient city. You will admire banquet, battle and daily life scenes of that time, and it will bring a few colors to the Sogdian ruins you might visit later !

You can also admire many statues of Zoroastrian divinities and a nice dancing woman statue made of wood.

My personal recommendations: 

Do not hesitate to ask for a guided tour around the museum. The guide can also drive you to Penjikent Ancient city and comment your visit there : it will be much more interesting !

How getting there: 

It is easier to get to Penjikent from Samarkand than from Duchambe, the capital of Tadjikistan. There are no direct bus from Samarkand to Penjikent.
If you have a visa, take a taxi at Samarkand south east part of Registan (Pendjikent Koutchasi). The trip is about 0.5h, and costs 3$ per person. From the border to Penjikent, take a taxi (0.5h, 3$ per person).
But we recommend you to ask a travel agency at Samarkand to organize your trip to Penjikent : if you have no visa, don’t worry, the agency will find a "solution" for you to cross the border. Moreover, the travel agency will provide you a guide for the Penjikent museum and the ruined Ancient city tour. Total per person per day (transportation + guide + museum and site fees + "border crossing fees") = 40$.

A tip to sleep: 

There are a few hotels at Penjikent. But most of people come there for a day trip from Samarkand.

Useful information: 
Open hours: 

8am to 5pm

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Entry fees: 

10$ per person (museum).


Guide and tour : Oussanov Nourali (99866) 2606912.