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Enter Geisev
I think as travelers, we set out to make that special connection would it be with friends, people met on the road, or with locals in the country we are visiting. While in the Bartang Valley in Tajikistan, some friends and I, with the recommendation of Lonely Planet, decided to go investigate the Geisev Valley. Since tourists did not often frequent it and I wanted to see the community-based tour approach in the area. P.E.C.T.A, (http://www.pecta.tj/en/index.php) an Aga Khan sponsored eco – tour association, was supposed to set up some guesthouses in the region. The trip was great; not only does Geisev have some beautiful lakes (three to be exact), but also the hospitality is unique to the area. Few guesthouses put in the time and effort these locals did. Whether in the food they prepared, explaining the local music and traditions, or just hanging out, it was the perfect experience and the best connection we had made the whole trip. So next time you aren't done, make a small stop in the paradise that is Geisev :-)
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