Tajikistan - Aga Khan Historic Cities Programme
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Khorog, Tajikistan: City Park Rehabilitation and Development

Khorog Park.Khorog Park in Khorog, Tajikistan, recently restored by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, nestles on a plain surrounded by the Pamir mountain range.

The town of Khorog, capital of the Gorno-Badakhshan autonomous region in Tajikistan, is situated 2,100 metres above sea level in the heart of the Pamir Mountains near the border with Afghanistan. Its dedicated recreational areas are few, but vital to the lives of the inhabitants as spaces to socialise and places to play.

The land for Khorog Park was gifted to His Highness the Aga Khan on the occasion of the fortieth anniversary of his Imamat, and, since 2003, it has been the focus of a rehabilitation project designed to offer visitors the possibility to reflect, relax and enjoy nature.

The design inspiration for the Park came as a direct response to the dramatic climate and landscape of the region and the common need for a public garden for both refuge and recreation. The design intent was to preserve the best of what existed and then work creatively with the ordinary, stone, water, flowers and shade trees in an extraordinary way. Khorog Park, with its café, teahouse, open-air theatre and pond provides an enhanced park facility for the entire city.

The development of Khorog Park contributes a significant public green space and has become an integral part of the circulation through the city. Its revival represents a substantial step towards the revitalisation of Khorog as a whole.