Murghob District

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Murghob District

Ноҳияи Мурғоб
Ноҳияи Мурғоб
Murghab District.jpg
Location of Murghob District in Tajikistan
Location of Murghob District in Tajikistan
Country Tajikistan
ProvinceGorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Province
CapitalMurghob
Area
 • Total38,442.2 km2 (14,842.6 sq mi)
Population
(2008)
 • Total16,900
 as of 1 January 2008
Time zoneUTC+5 (TJT)
Postal code
736600
Area code(s)+992 3554

Murghob District or Nohiya-i Murghob (Tajik: Ноҳияи Мурғоб) is a district in Tajikistan, occupying the eastern two-thirds of the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Province (GBAO). The area of Murghob is 38,440 km2, covering 27 percent of Tajikistan’s soil. Morḡāb District borders on Kyrgyzstan to the north, China to the east, and Afghanistan to the south.[1]


Administrative divisions[edit]

The district is divided administratively into jamoats. They are as follows (and population).[2]

Jamoats of Murghob District
Jamoat Population
Alichur 1788
Gajo Berdiev
Karakul 3532
Murghob 6365
Qizilrabot 1471
Rangkul 1165

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.[3] 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).[4]

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. ^ Borjian, Habib, “Morḡāb” , Encyclopaedia Iranica. Online 2013. [1].
  2. ^ "List of Jamoats". UN Coordination, Tajikistan. Archived from the original on July 16, 2011. Retrieved April 4, 2009.
  3. ^ Republic of Tajikistan, map showing administrative division as of January 1, 2004, "Tojikkoinot" Cartographic Press, Dushanbe
  4. ^ Population of the Republic of Tajikistan as of 1 January 2008, State Committee of Statistics, Dushanbe, 2008 (in Russian)