Garam Chashma, Gorno-Badakhshan, Tajikistan
Grab your calendar - Lonely Planet have recently published their new travel book Best In Travel 2012 - often regarded as the definitive guide for the coolest, most exciting places to visit. Included in the categories are best value, best city and top regions. We present some choice extracts to whet your wanderlust - let us know your favourites.
Lonely Planet's Best Value Destinations for 2012, 2: Tajikistan
Marco Polo was impressed, and you will be too, once you have experienced the stunning scenery of this safe, stable Central Asian nation. It can be accessed at dirt-cheap rates, even including the hire of a car and driver.
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