The city of Qurghonteppa is the 3rd largest city in Tajikistan, and is the base for the Sworde-Teppa English and Education Centre. Also known as Kurgan-Tyube (Russian spelling), this city is a central location for the western regions of Khatlon Province, and is only one hour away from Dushanbe.
Qurghonteppa is a great base for exploring the south. It is a very short drive to Sarband, and equally close to the Vakhsh River and to the Ajina-Teppa Buddhist monastery ruins. While it does get quite hot in the summer, you can take refuge in one of the city’s museums, or go for a swim in the canals or at the Vakhsh River’s rock beaches.
Aside from July and August during the middle of the day, the city is usually a good temperature to go exploring. View this photo album to get a good idea of what the city looks like.
Full information on Qurghonteppa coming by spring 2016.