Murghob District

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For the district in Afghanistan, see Murghab District. For the district in Turkmenistan, see Murgap District.
Murghob District
Ноҳияи Мурғоб
District
Ноҳияи Мурғоб
Location of Murghob District in Tajikistan
Location of Murghob District in Tajikistan
Country  Tajikistan
Province Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Province
Capital Murghob
Area
 • Total 14,842.6 sq mi (38,442.2 km2)
Population (2008)
 • Total 16,900
  as of 1 January 2008
Time zone TJT (UTC+5)
Postal code 736600
Area code(s) +992 3554

Murghob District or Nohiya-i Murghob (Tajik: Ноҳияи Мурғоб / Persian: ناحیۀ مرغاب‎) is a district in Tajikistan, occupying the eastern two-thirds of the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Province (GBAO).

Geography[edit]

It borders on Afghanistan to the south, China's Xinjiang region to the east, and Kyrgyzstan to the north. Within Tajikistan it borders to the west on four other GBAO districts and on the Region of Republican Subordination.[1] Its administrative capital is Murghob (also known as Murghab). The population in Murghob district is 16,900 of which 4,000 were in Murghab town (1 January 2008 estimate).[2]

The land is mostly a desolate plateau with scattered mountains, especially toward the east and south. The highest mountains are around the Fedchenko Glacier in the northwest and along the Pamir River in the south. The population is mostly Kyrgyz. Formerly the land was used mostly as summer pasture ('jailoo'). The Pamir Highway curves from the southwest to the northeast. The four major lakes are Karakul in the northeast and three river lakes: Sarez Lake on the Bartang River, Yashil Kul on the Gunt River, and Zorkul on the Pamir River. The people of this region are extremely welcoming to visitors and are truly warm, open hearted individuals.

The districts eastern border shares the Sarikol Range with China.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Republic of Tajikistan, map showing administrative division as of January 1, 2004, "Tojikkoinot" Cartographic Press, Dushanbe
  2. ^ Population of the Republic of Tajikistan as of 1 January 2008, State Committee of Statistics, Dushanbe, 2008 (Russian)