Rudaki Park Dushanbe
Rudaki Park is a scenic, meticulously landscaped garden area featuring fountains, statues, manicured lawns, trees from across the globe and a plethora of stunning flowers.
Depending on your visit, it can be a real assault on the senses or a lazy morning reading on one of the many benches.
The centrepiece of Rudaki Park is, of course, a statue of Rudaki. This impressive sculpture has the poet standing under a beautifully decorated mosaicked rainbow.
The figure stands amongst a remarkable fountain of which part doubles as a stage. During national holidays and summer weekends it's excellent to view Tajik singers and the locals dancing along to a few tunes.
Abu 'Abd Allāh Ja'far ibn Muḥammad al-Rūdhakī was a Singer, musician and Poet, known as the Adam of poets and the founder of classical Persian literature. Born in 858 AD near to the Tajik town of Panjikent Rudaki was to become no only an inspirational poet in his lifetime but become a driving force behind Tajik national identity many years after his death.
Many Tajiks will tell you that they have two books at home one the Koran and another the works of Rudaki. It is easy when visiting Dushanbe to see the importance of this 9th-century genius with a simple visit to Rudaki park. Rudaki Park located at the heart of Dushanbe surrounded by some of the most important buildings in the country. At the centre of this green haven one of the most colourful statues in Tajikistan, Rudaki takes centre stage.
The park is easy to find located just next to the giant Statue of Ismoil Somoni; it is in easy walking distance of most of the city centre hotels the hotel Tajikistan looks right out to it. For those who wish to use local transport take trolleybus numbers 2 and 10 or bus numbers 8 and 23 they all pass by.
The park is open all year round all through its at its best from spring through summer. During the summer months, the many water fountains and large trees offer a welcome break from the scorching sun. To see local people enjoying themselves, the best time to visit will be national holidays, weekends and evenings. During the evening the park is also beautifully lit until 10 PM making for an even better visit.
North: The Hotel Tajikistan, The Government of the Republic of Tajikistan building.
East: Area under construction.
South: Ismail Samani Monument, National library of Tajikistan.
Southeast: the parliament of the Republic of Tajikistan.
West: Palace of nations (presidential palace).
South West: state emblem of the Republic of Tajikistan.
North West: Dushanbe flag pole, Tajikistan national museum and the new Museum of Ethnography.