Shugnan

Porshenev village is one of the closest to the administrative center of Khorogh, situated about 10 km from the city.  The village is known for a sacred Ismaili spring named after Pir Shohnosir Khushrav. Nosir, as his is known, arrived in Shugnan in the middle of the 11 century as an Ismaili missionary and died in the village of Yumgon in Afghan Badakhshan. Nosir is considered a great philosopher, poet and writer who played an important role in the development of Tajik Persian culture of the 11th century onward

The Ghund valley of Shugnan district follows the Ghund River deep into the Pamirs. 15 km from Khorogh, on a high peak in Boghef village sits the Shohi Viloyat fortress, often called Kefir-Qala, or "fortress of infidels."  The fire temple of this complex is circular, open roof structures with a quadrate alter in the center.  According to some historical sources, the form of this temple is symbolic of Earth and Heaven. Though it is not preserved as well as Kefir-Qala, a temple of similar form is situated in Rivak village about 13th km from Boghef.  Before Soviet times, entire community of Rivak lived 20 km up the Bijund River where there are several sacred lakes; Zirgoz, Heginef, and Vuzhejkhaf also reside.

Further up the Ghund valley, situated in Imam Dargah, is the mazar (Shrine) of Imam Boqir, the fourth Ismaili Imam and descendant of the family of the holy prophet. Arabic text written on the granite walls of this small square structure tells a story connected to this place, a sacred spring of crystal water flows behind the shrine.
 
After Jelondy Village with its numerous hot springs, the Kuhtezak pass begins and leads into the East Pamirs.  The Alichur and Murgab districts are known for their high altitude and numerous lakes such as Zorkul (4,126 m) Karakul (3,914m), Yashikul (3,734m).

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