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Qal'ai Khumb

Qal'ai Khumb
Russian: Калаихум
Қалъаи Хумб (in Tajik)
قلعۀ خمب(in Persian)
View from eastern end of town (near mosque)
View from eastern end of town (near mosque)
Qal'ai Khumb
Qal'ai Khumb
Location in Tajikistan
Coordinates: 38°27′59″N 70°47′48″E / 38.46639°N 70.79667°E / 38.46639; 70.79667Coordinates: 38°27′59″N 70°47′48″E / 38.46639°N 70.79667°E / 38.46639; 70.79667
Country Tajikistan
RegionGorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region
DistrictDarvoz district
1,200 m (3,900 ft)
 • Total1,909
Time zoneUTC+5 (GMT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+5 (GMT)
Area code+992 3552
Official languages

Qal'ai Khumb (Russian: Калаихум, Tajik: Қалъаи Хумб, Qal‘a‘i Xumb/Qal'haji Xumв - meaning fortress on the banks of the river of Khumb) or Qal'a-i-Khum, also Kalai-Khumb (transliterated from Russian: Калай-Хумб), is a small town located in the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region in Tajikistan on the border with Afghanistan. Formerly it was the capital of the independent Principality of Darvaz.[2] Now it is the capital of the Darvoz District of Tajikistan. Here the Pamir Highway meets the Panj River.

The village is an important overnight rest stop between Kulob and Khorugh, located at a distance of 168 km from Kulob (or 368 km from Dushanbe) and 235 km from Khorugh.[3] It has several hostels to accommodate travelers on their way between cities.[4] The village is almost entirely surrounded by the Pamir Mountains.

On the Afghan border Kalai-Khumb has one of the three bridges over the Panj river. On the Sunday market there used to be trades from Afghanistan near this bridge. Although Kalai-Khumb now has no such market.[5]


  1. ^ "КОНСТИТУЦИЯ РЕСПУБЛИКИ ТАДЖИКИСТАН". Parliament of Tajikistan. Retrieved 9 January 2020.
  2. ^ Grevemeyer, Jan-Heeren (1994). "DARVĀZ". Encyclopedia Iranica.
  3. ^ Transport projects in Tajikistan (in Russian). Retrieved on 26 June 2009
  4. ^ "Qalai Khumb and Yoged". Caravanistan. Retrieved 2019-12-19.
  5. ^ "Kalai-Khumb". Retrieved March 23, 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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