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Turat, with excellent English, is an amazing guide and driver along the Pamir highway. I was a difficult customer at times and he kept his cool and managed to resolve all my concerns and went out of his way to get me what I wanted. He was very friendly and helpful and planned ahead to get me vegetarian food and western toilets. He really knows the area well and is knowledgeable on history, customs and culture. He showed me so much and explained so much more. His driving skills are excellent and I always felt safe. As a solo female traveller it was good to know that he was there when I needed him but he kept his distance and allowed my privacy but provided companionship when I needed it. He was more a friend than a guide. I got to see his birthplace and his current home and met is lovely wife. Thank you Turat for a wonderful experience.
Mirzo is a superb guide with excellent English skills and a deep knowledge of the country, people and culture. If we had more time we would have happily booked other excursions with Mirzo. Do not hesitate to work with this fantastic young man, he is going to show you the best that Tajikistan has to offer and ensure your safe while doing so.
Great trip with genuine Pamir driver (English-speaking). The team was very knowledgeable and responsive. They tailored a trip for me in the last minute as I contacted them only 2 days before the beginning of the trip. They also helped arrange everything on the Afghan side. Highly recommended.
Prompt arrival, ample commentary, questions answered, fascinating scenery enroute as much as at destination, spontaneous village-home hospitality (non-commercial) at meal-break, some rough road patches but good driving.
After my review & after I had been in contact with the co-funder of Indy-guide, Khudoguy admitted that he might had done a misstake & said he was willing to pay back 25 % of the money as I had asked for. Now we thought that he was being a good guy again. So should we get 25 % back of the whole amount for our 2 trips or should we get 25 % back from our 2-day trip to the Pamirs?, neither. Khudoguy being Khudohuy paid back 25 % out of 85 % for our 2-day trip to the Pamirs. He "forgot" about those 15 % we had paid in advance. Now we were just so tired of him so we just agreed to get those 195.5 dollars back. Told him to just leave the money in our hotels reception. It didnt end there. He mailed & said that according to Tajikistan law the people in the reception cant recieve dollars to keep for us. I asked the people in the reception & they just laughed & said that its a lie of course & they are happy to receive the money for us . I mailed Khudoguy & told him his. Now he said ok & should leave the money in the reception for us. Well if you think its over its not, he comes to the hotel & made me come down & give him 4.5 dollars as change for his 200 dollars. Its just sad everything. Im writing this reviews so honest because I dont want any older people that dont have the energy to end up in situations like we did here. Like we said before, we were really happy with the driver we had during both our trips. He drove safe & secure at all times. We loved Tajikistan. We loved the friendly people that we met. We loved the beautiful views. Khudoguy could be in an early phase of his work & he just needs to improve in his communication & become more service-minded. I still recommend using Indy-guide & thats mainly beacuse of the proffesional communication with the co-founder Ati.
We booked 2 trips with Khudoguy. One was a 2-day trip to Pamir & the other one was a day trip to Iskanderkul. Both trips should include driver, guide, food etc. We had paid 15 % in advance for both our trips. So far so good. The driver picked us up as scheduled & we drove to Kalai Khum. Beautiful views all the way. In Kalai Khum we ate the worst plate of food ever in all of my life. While eating we were told that the road we were supposed to take back to Dushanbe the next day was closed due to the bad weather. Well those things can happen but here I talked to Khudoguy for the first time (On the phone). I had booked him as a guide but he never showed up & on the phone he said that we should be happy that he did not charge us extra because now when the driver has to drive us back the exact way we come from they would spend more money on gas than they would have done the way that was closed. Are you fucking kidding me! We had paid for a 2-day trip that should take us up to Kalai Khum one way & down to Dushanbe via another mountain way. We were the ones losing on this deal, not him. Obviously Khudoguy knew beforehand that the road was closed & firstly told us about it when we were in Kalai Khum. He should have told us they day before & given us the option to cancel the trip of course. Well the next day went smooth & the driver took a different road the last bit into Dushanbe to make us happy. The day trip to Iskanderkul went well. A flat tire but it was fixed without any problems. Overall: Khudoguy the guide we had booked for 3 days never showed up at all. Very strange. The driver: The driver turned out to be Khudoguys younger brother. He must be the best driver in all of Tajikiststan. He was driving very secure & smooth in very bad conditions, heavy rain & a fog insanely thick for 10 hours straight one of the days. My advice: Just book Khudouguys brother as a driver & nothing else. Dont book Khudoguy as a guide because he will apparently not show up.
Mirzo arranged everything for us for our one-day hike in Iskanderkul (food, transportation, etc) He took us for tea and great food in local places, which was a great experience, and he explained us a lot of historical and local things. He is a very good travel companion - and the driver was very good too! For a one day trip it was very nice but we would suggest at least two days, because there is much to see! great experience :)
Thankyou for answering all of our questions. We have paid the deposit and look forward to our trip. After a day in Dushanbe we hope to see a little of the Fann mountains Then 2 of our party will be flying out of Tajikistan from Khujand early on 21st July. We would like to organise for a driver to take us over the Azob pass? We Don't want to go through the tunnel. Do you have any suggestions for our 3 days?
We were met upon arrival in Dushanbe airport by him and his brother. Everything went smooth. We had a great 7 days using their proposed route. Most of the stays are in relatively comfortable homestays. I will recommend him positively to other people who have the interest to travel to Tajikistan.
WOW! What a great week! Mirzo arranged everything perfect and also offers his help before and after the trip for other things to do. Driver and Crew were so friendly. Highly Recommended!!!
Gulnara was always prompt in giving replies to my numerous queries and we also got the Tajik LOI quickly. She also helped us in getting a Kyrgyz travel agent who did the Kyrgyz LOI for us in competitive rates. Hope to meet her in person when we are in Murghab this Sept.