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Need a Visa to Travel to Tajikistan?

Every traveler has their own system for booking a trip abroad. However way you like to plan your trip, it probably goes a little something like this: first, you pick your destination, and then you start researching activities, weather, what to pack, tips and tricks, and other important information regarding travel and destination. Then you book your flight and build your itinerary.

 

This is a seemingly sane way to plan your trip, and it'll be hard to miss anything with this method. However, millions of people every year, depending on what country your passport is from, one crucial step is skipped that can end up turning every plan onto its head.

 

One word can send you back where you came from without so much as taking a step outside the airport of Tajikistan. A visa.  

 

Perhaps one of the most overlooked aspects of trip planning, and yet, one of the utmost importance.  


So, what are visas, and why do you need them? 

In plain English, a visa is an official document that allows a traveler to enter a foreign country. We can differentiate between regular visas and electronic ones.

 

The traditional travel permits are obtained via an Embassy and usually require applicants to submit an extensive paperwork to support their application and validate the reason for travel.

 

Both regular and electronic visas can be issued as single-entry, double-entry, triple-entry, or even multiple-entry permits. Each country sets their own visa rules, deciding on the list of eligible countries, visa types, and the availability of the electronic visa system.

 

One of the countries that has come forward with the electronic visa system is Tajikistan! With 93% of its land covered in mountains and numerous glacier lakes, Tajikistan is a country like no other. Even though it’s often overlooked by travelers, once they find it, they are in awe!

 

To get all of the essential information on obtaining an online visa for Tajikistan and submit the application within minutes from home, visit https://visatajikistan.com. Apply at least 3 business days in advance of the planned trip and get your travel permit delivered via email! 


With EVISA Express, simply TUG to Tajikistan. - 


Why do we need visas to visit Tajikistan?

You need a visa to travel to Tajikistan if your home country does not have a visa policy agreement in place. The Tajikistan government has set the entry rules for the foreign countries and requires most of them to have a visa.

 

Some countries have made deals that allow their citizens to freely travel within the borders of each other countries without the need of a visa, although only for a certain amount of time.

 

Depending on your final destination and your nationality, the visa you’ll need may differ. It is crucial to check the current visa regulations when planning a trip abroad, as they may change over time.

 

If your country needs a visa to visit Tajikistan, you must obtain it before crossing the border. Otherwise, you may not be able to go on your trip.

 

How do I know if I need a visa to visit Tajikistan?  

The easiest way to get the most accurate and up-to-date information is through the Embassy website of the country you are planning to travel to or online when using e-Visa services.

 

Check the current visa regulation of Tajikistan when planning the trip. Most foreign citizens need a visa to cross the Tajikistan border. If you do need a visa obtained prior to the travel, make sure to check if your nationality makes you eligible for electronic visas or regular ones.  


How do I obtain a regular visa? 

Depending on the country you're applying to travel to, and what visa you're applying for, the process can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.

 

Moreover, the application process will differ depending on if you apply for a regular visa or an electronic one. Getting a visa through an Embassy is far more complicated than applying for an e-Visa online.

 

The application process for a regular visa is usually subject to the following steps:

 

1.      Find the official immigration government website for your destination country.  

2.      Read all the available information and the visa requirements. 

3.      Fill out the visa application form.  

4.      Collect all the required documents.

5.      Pay all application fees

6.      Submit the complete paperwork at an Embassy and wait for approval.

 

Depending on what type of visa and where you are going, there can be an extra step where you have to be interviewed at an Embassy where they confirm all of your information.

 

This is why it's a good idea to start looking into visa requirements right off the bat when planning any trip since the process can take longer than expected.

 

Moreover, the paperwork to complete for regular visas is most of the times quite extensive and requires obtaining specific and officially issued documents that may take months to be handled.

 

How to get a Tajikistan visa online?

Contrary to regular visas, obtaining an electronic travel permit is more than easy! Most of the times, all applicants need is a valid passport that will not expire for a minimum of 6 months from the planned date of the trip.


The application process can be completed using any working device with an internet connection. You can use your phone, laptop, PC, or even a tablet and submit your application within minutes from home!

 

Online visa application guide:
1.   Fill the application form – provide some basic personal details as well as some relating to the upcoming trip. Put in your name, surname, birth date, nationality, and passport information.
2.  Cover the fees – choose any preferred online payment method and use it to cover the e-Visa fees. Travelers can use their credit/debit cards, PayPal accounts, PayU, or choose any other method. Once your payment registers, you will receive a confirmation number at your email address.

3.    Check your email box – the approved e-Visa will be delivered straight to your email box in the form of a PDF file.

 

Tajikistan e-Visa applications are processed within a maximum of 72 hours (3 business days) from submitting the form online. 

 

TIP! The best way to make your application successful, receive your visa quickly, and avoid any issues with approval, is to check the filled application form thoroughly. Any mistakes or missing information may lead to elongating the processing time.

Visit Tajikistan with an electronic visa for an ultimate effortless traveling experience! 

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Canada: Best foods to try

I will continue driving for rest of my life on the above roads. With such locations; no doubt, Canada is one of the most desirable tourist destinations that you can find out there in the world. Since it is the second-largest country globally, you will be able to discover a fascinating geographical variety.

 

This is the main reason behind the thriving tourism industry that exists in the country. The main tourist attractions you can find in Canada are centered around Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Niagara Falls, Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, and the Canadian Rockies. The large cities in Canada are well-known for their diversity, historic sites, and national parks. 

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Best places to visit in Oman



Oman, formally the Sultanate of Oman, is an Arab nation on the Arabian Peninsula's southeastern shore.
Holding a deliberately significant situation at the Persian Gulf's mouth, the United Arab Emirates flanks the country toward the northwest, Saudi Arabia toward the west, and Yemen toward the southwest. Arabic is the official language of Oman.
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The Guy with a Map in Tokyo

Nations need armies to win, but explorers need only a Map to conquer the World.

 

Tokyo, the capital city of Japan, is one of the world's most modern cities in terms of its infrastructure and design. However, it is also considered as world's most expensive city, but for travelers like me thanks to its superb rail and subway networks, it is also one of the easiest to get around. That’s all which is required to explore this beautiful city.

With one full day to explore as much as I can, I started as early as I could have from my hotel. Just around the corner from my hotel there was a small temple, so took the blessings of the Gods to make most of this day. I started from Shinagawa Station and got down at Tokyo station to walk my way towards Imperial Palace. The palace is still in use by the Imperial family. During cherry blossom season the palace is one of the most sought out spots in the city for photography. The Palace has been also known as Edo Castle in the past, home to samurai warriors.

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Sensoji Temple, Asakuza (Tokyo)

I came across many temples while moving around in Tokyo. Well, Japan is home to lot of temples. Sensoji Temple in Tokyo’s Asakuza district is considered to be one of the oldest temples in Japan. Sensoji Temple is one of the most famous spots in Tokyo and is dedicated to Goddess Kannon, the Buddhist goddess of mercy. Coming out of subway station, one has to cross a long, street market to reach out the entrance.
Entrance to the temple is highlighted by the Kaminari-mon Gate, its 3.3-meter-high red paper lantern with inscription "Thunder Gate". For convenience I assumed the entrance as the Thunder Gate. Entrance to the inner temple goes via another gate, HOZOMON Gate, in local language Treasure Gate. This 2 storey gate is made of fireproof material, was lastly built in 1964.

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Radha Binod Pal Memorial, Tokyo - The Indian, respected in Japan

While walking around Yasukuni Jinja Shrine, came across a memorial. Going close to it, found that the memorial is dedicated to Dr. Radha Binod Pal.


Next thought in my mind was who this Mr. Pal is and how come he has a memorial in Tokyo? Curious investigation there itself revealed that Dr. Pal was the judge at International Military Tribunal for the Far East (IMTFE) who had exonerated Japanese leaders, who were being tried for war crimes (after World War II). 


Paying homage to bravery and dedication of Dr. Pal, who with utmost honesty tried to defend justice of law, a memorial dedicated to him stands adjacent to main shrine at Tokyo’s Yasukuni shrine, which commemorates Japanese war heroes. This small memorial is looked after carefully, the flowers kept here are always fresh.


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Day out in Beijing

Beijing, capital city of China is one of the ancient cities on Earth with more than 3,000 years of recorded history. Evidence of human ancestry dating back to 700,000 years ago has been found in the southwest part of Beijing, where the remains known as 'Peking Man' were found.
Amidst one of the tightly packed trip to Beijing got some time to check out the City of Beijing. Landing in Beijing at 1:00 PM, had no option but to run wherever I could have in the available one half of the day.
As I always say, best plans should be kept in the earlier part of the program. So to explore Beijing attractions, I dumped the luggage in hotel room, took the Metro/ Subway map in my hand and started to “Tiananmen Square”. Tiananmen Square is one of the most popular and renowned spot around the world. There is no tourist who comes to China, leaves without a visit to this place. 

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Chang-Gyeong-Gung Palace, Seoul..

Changgyeonggung Palace is one of the major attraction for heritage lovers in Seoul. It was built in 1483 by King Seongjong (the 9th king of the Joseon Dynasty) dedicated to his father and also to take care of the wives of the preceding kings.

It is one of the "Five Grand Palaces" built by the Joseon Dynasty (1392–1897). Majestic Myeongjeongmun Gate for welcoming the visitors and leading to  Myeongjeongjeon Hall. 
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The Seychelles: Here, life’s much more than a beach

The waters and sunsets of these islands will spoil you for life.


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Hiking to Cliff TROLLTUNGA, Norway

Contributed by Jennifer Schlüter, www.discoveringlegacies.com..

When was the last time you drove 100 miles for a cup of coffee or you decided to enjoy trekking while your friends preferred the cosy drive by road. Well those who are driven by Passion, always hear to their heart rather than comforting brains...One fine night our friend Jennifer decided to trek through the secrets of night in Trolltunga just to catch the Sun by surprise. Rest all, lets hear the inspiring adventure filled travel diaries of Jennifer, in her words...

It was 9 in the night when we arrived in Skjeggedal, the path ahead for Trolltunga, one of the world’s most breath taking (literally!) hikes. As we started to climbing rocky steps of the first kilometre, almost everyone coming down was greeting us with confused eyes asking us that why are we going up at this time? I translated this to: “Are you crazy?! Why would you hike 6 hours through the night?” – because that had been the initial reaction of my friends after I told them about my idea.

“Hike through the night to see the sunrise up there?”, “Why would you do that? That’s got to be dangerous! What if you get lost?” But simply because I don’t do things like everyone else and because I don’t like having tourists in my pictures or waiting in line for two hours to take a rushed photo, I wanted to hike through the night to catch the sunrise at 4 AM plus, the lighting and the atmosphere are much more magical obviously.

So here we were, as the only group hiking up the 11 km (7 miles) well-marked trail, only to be joined by an Australian couple much later. What I hadn’t planned for and thus didn’t expect was the full moon rising above the mountains. Lucky! We had planned for everything else however: Warm layers of clothes, lots of energy food and water, a cooking pot for Ramen and hot chocolate, raincoats, and head and flash lights. Surprisingly, we did not need the latter because it stayed quite bright throughout the night.


Once we reached Trolltunga, we all were stunned by the beauty nature had created. Even the best photograph fails to project what you actually see when you’re up there. You’re surrounded by mountains partially covered in snow, and down below the deep blue water weaves through the valley. When it’s clear, you can see miles of land nearly untouched by man. A place which looks unlike anything else you’ve ever seen. You can’t help but ask yourself how someone thought of hiking the mountains in the middle of nowhere for six hours and discover the so called troll’s tongue.




While getting there was not as rough as expected, our way back became super painful for me towards the end because I was wearing shoes that were too tight. With every step down, my toes hit the front of my shoes so hard, that it was better for me to take them off for the last 3 km. Out of pain and exhaustion, I couldn’t stop crying and had to lean on my friend for support. This took us at least two hours longer, but in the end, the troll’s tongue was more than worth it. It’s something you should do at least once in your life, and add to your bucket list right now!

To give you an idea about the hike, here are some tips:

1. Fly into Bergen and spend one or two full days there because it’s definitely worth it. Or fly into Oslo and take a bus/train/car from there.

2. From Bergen, there are busses to Odda, a town close to the trailhead of Trolltunga, which cost around 300 NK.

3. Stay at least two nights in Odda or Tyssedal (I can recommend the Trolltunga Guesthouse in Tyssedal, where I had a great stay). In case it rains one day, you can choose to hike the next day. And if you hike the first day, you’re glad you can rest somewhere close right after the hike. You can also camp anywhere on the trail, even at the very top.

4. Pack the following: Warm layers of clothes (it can be sunny and nice at the bottom but windy and snowy towards the top), comfortable, waterproof shoes (you will cross a few waterfalls), one bottle of water (it’s safe to refill it at any one of the waterfalls), hiking sticks or a stick you find there (it’s much more comfortable to have some support), high energy and good carb foods such as nuts, cereal bars, berries, apples, or bananas, flashlight or head light, a beanie or headband to cover your ears (the wind can be icy), gloves, blister band-aids and tape (tape your toes and shoulders where your backpack straps are).

5. Plan in some more money for the transport from Odda or Tyssedal to the trailhead (our cab for four people from Tyssedal to Skjeggedal was 400 NOK and some busses are 50 NOK per person, for example. Prices can vary).

6. You can’t hike from October 16 until March 18; from March 19 until June 15 and September 15 until October 15 a guide has to assist you, so plan accordingly. Snow is very likely during shoulder season, and even in the summertime, you might encounter snow or snowfall.

(* NOK – Norwegian Krone, the currency of Norway)

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Balcarka Caves, Czech Republic...

After Vatican City, our friend traveller Rohit  decided to turn an archaeologist and set out to explore caves in Czech Republic, which are believed to be inhabited by early man. Balcarka Caves are situated in the northern part of Moravsky Kras near the city of Brno in Czech Republic.
The underground labyrinth of corridors, fissures and caves has two floors. The entrance portal of the cave is a significant paleontological and archaeological locality. It is a place where bones of Pleistocene animals were found as well as stone and bone instruments and fireplaces of people of the Early Stone Age. Further parts of the cave were discovered in stages in the years 1923–1948. These caves display beautiful and unique colourful stalactite and stalagmite decorations.

No doubts, this should be included in your Eurotrip itinerary.

Contributed by our friend traveller Rohit Sinha...
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Vatican City...

St. Peter's Square is a moderately large plaza located directly in front of St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City, the papal enclave inside Rome, directly west of the neighborhood or rione of Borgo.

The Papal Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican, or simply St. Peter's Basilica, is a Late Renaissance church located within Vatican City. 

You get an amazing feeling out here. The feeling of getting into the details and history is really mesmerizing. The place has great tourist attraction . St Peters is very close to Rome and major attraction in Italy. 






Contributed by our friend traveller, Rohit Sinha

After Vatican City his next destination: Hidden and beautiful Balcarka caves in Czech Republic...

Rohit Sinha is a passionate traveller. He loves to travel to different, but interesting places.
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Green Airs of Luxembourg


Humans have been fascinated by flying since long. Why they should not be? It is fast and comfortable too. But somehow I find travelling by Plane at times very boring. You can not see anything outside the window, except the clouds.






Got tired of finding some meaning the clouds; as my plan was about to land in Luxembourg I could not stop myself from clicking the below panoramas. I thought this was the consolation:

On coming out of the Airport I was greeted with not so crowded roads and green belt surrounding the roads. That was miles away from my expectations, Being a cosmopolitan and one of the biggest financial centers on this earth I was expecting a welcome to a concrete jungle and crowded roads. Pretty exciting to start.
I am very sure by the time you will finish reading this blog, you will fall in love with this place; the way I did by the time I finished composing it.

Luxembourg has a population of 450,000 which becomes 650,000 in the morning and comes back to 450,00 at the evening. Strange..No no..its very simple people from neighboring countries of Belgium, Germany, France, Portugal drive in daily to attend their workplaces and also to refuel their vehicles; thanks to a low taxation rate on fuel in Luxembourg. Do not get too greedy, if you will refuel daily, customs might catch you. "Depending on the time of visit, Luxembourg gives an impression of a BIG CITY or a SMALL TOWN."

Luxembourg is also the headquarters of Arcelor Mittal, biggest steel making company on this earth. While going around the city I kept on looking for the industries, but what I got instead were the captivating "WINE FARMS" in the Moselle valley.
No doubts the wines of this place are so charming that no one can stop praising about them. 
Culture of wine growing is in the Luxembourg for a thousand years and goes back to Roman times. Moselle valley stretches 42 km. from Schengen in the south to Wasserbillig in the north.

Luxembourg is a small country with a stretch of 82km. x 55 km. It has a police force of 1,300 and military of 500. There are a number of hotels and numerous tour operators which provide customized tour itinerary for Luxembourg. If you plan to visit this place, either you can contact tour operator or arrange your self by searching "Luxembourg" on www.google.com and booking hotels online. As we were talking on the demographics, we have reached the Schengen border, here Luxembourg shares borders with Germany and France.

There were no check-posts and heavily armed soldiers, but a very beautiful river separating Luxembourg from Germany.
Houses visible on the other side of the river are in Germany.
Germany is on the on the left side of the bridge and on my back side is France.

France is on the other side of the barrage; from where you can see the down coming water 

That's the beauty of European Union that one can drive into the other member nations on the VISA of any of the member nations without any formalities and questioning at the check-posts. How come the borders be so beautiful. Other nations need to learn a lot, Is it so difficult to co-exist peacefully...?

Orderly traffic, imposing architecture makes a visual delight for anyone:





Other day I had to travel to Germany. While I was sitting cozily inside a bus, the drive was no less than a fairy-tale ride with a meandering river, lush green valleys and highlands on both sides of the highway. My binocular which I always keep with me had doubled the joy. At times clicking the scenes was looking dull.
My car would have clocked 200 Kmph  on this road, but I missed the fun of driving at this very sexy road
Its hard to describe in words as I am running out of vocabulary to explain this lovely land.

While returning back we took a break for lunch at a German restaurant.  Apart from the delicious food, we had a lot of fun filled moments.

There was much more outside the restaurant, a parking bay for the boats/ yachts:

And there was a huge grassland waiting to welcome us for a heavenly walk:

It was a lovely drive, back to Luxembourg. Meandering river gambling through the forests offers a multitude of outstanding panoramas; nature is queen in Luxembourg.

No matter how busy we are or how congested our schedule is, we can still take out some time for shopping. Evening was reserved for shopping. Enjoy the fantastic supermarkets for best deals:
Do not miss out on great deal on wines, olive oils, enless variety of cheese and...Chocolates
Here markets close pretty early, but the supermarkets operate till late. Plan accordingly.

There is so much greenery here that many of cities will get jealous. It was hard to believe, but this was the actual view from my hotel's window. Hotel was not situated in a forest:

After cherishing the Luxembourg hospitality, it was the time to return. Every place is different and so are their cultures,  seeking to new places is not only a physical experience it is also a spiritual journey. After all the road is a metaphor for life and we experience so many things in the walk of life. Unless there is some take back from your journey, you might have missed the essence of that place. What inspired me the most the mantra of Luxembourg people:
"We want to remain what we are". Looks simple but has far reaching meaning. 

Time was less this time, but as Mr. Rocky Balboa says - "There is always a second round". Next time lots of time for enjoying mountains, rivers and water sports. 

Since there is no direct flight to Luxembourg, a stopover at Vienna was there for me while returning. 
Got some delicious breads out of a large range available at the Airport shop. Vienna airport has a big shopping arcade and a number of eateries.






Till the next trip; I pray to the GOD that I keep on getting a lot more chances to see and explore this beautiful world. 



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