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Discovery Tajikistan travel guide #2/2010


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Staying in the Pamirs in style

Traveling to some of the most exotic and remote places in the world and still be able to stay there in style and comfort? The Serena Chain has brought its tried and trusted successful concept to Tajikistan; design based on authentic traditional crafts combined with the best of service. It is no longer a secret that since recently, the place to stay when traveling around Tajikistan is the Serena Inn Khorog.

Khorog is your gateway to Badakhshan in the Pamirs. Daily flights (under ideal weather conditions only) and a road through some of the most dramatic mountain scenery in the world link the heart of the Pamir to Dushanbe. The unique mountain-Tajik architectural style and handicrafts go back thousands of years. Serena Inn has captured their essence ideally in the hotel s interior design.

A harmonious color palette perfectly matching the surrounding mountains, patterns depicting local motiss, French windows with views on the Pyanj river or the gardens, in-room phone, large bathroom with Penthaligon's fine amenities, turn down and room service assure your very comfort and convenience.

Based on the principle of the 5 pillars of Islam, the lobby is centered around five beautifully handcarved wooden pillars inlaid with hand embroidered ribbons. A typical Pamiri House inspired the wooden beamed ceiling. The walls are adorned with works by the famous local painter Ahmed. Lounge chairs, a large screen satellite TV and the crafts shop showcasing carpets, embroideries and other souvenirs by the most renowned crafts masters make the lobby a cozy place to meet up for tea or a drink, relax and plan your next day trip.

Selected local specialties and favorites from the wider area as well as European style cuisine are prepared upon your advance booking. The large bay windows of the breakfast room allow for a breathtaking view over the river and the snowcapped peaks. Framed embroidery and custom made wood carved furniture enhance the elegant table setting. Handwoven striped yak-hair rugs with geometrical patterns in black and white or colorful red and yellow dyed striped goat wool carpets go surprisingly well with the classic country style curtains and upholstery. Tea and snacks are also served on the patio and in the garden.

In the nearest future Serena Hotels chain will further extend its presence in Tajikistan by constructing a five-star Dushanbe Serena Hotel in the capital city, and Past Chid Serena Lodge in Khorog.

The business center is equipped with computer, internet access, printer, copy machine and a conference table. 24h electricity and hot/cold water guaranteed. The hotel s own SUV and driver provide transportation to points of interest in town and the region.

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