The heart of Fan mountains, the treasure of Tyan-Shan, a scenic Iskandarkul lake is one of the most beautiful lakes in Tajikistan. Having emerald green and blue color, the water of Iskandarkul lake is cold, however, it is warm enough for swimming in some parts that are close to the shore or covered bays, especially in summertime. The lake is surrounded by snowy peaks. A fast-flouring Iskander-darya river flows from the lake, forming a marvelous and gorgeous waterfall, so-called the “Fan Niagara” that falls from the height of 38 meters. A number of legends are linked to this lake. According to one of the legends, while passing through the Fan Mountains with his army Alexander the Great lost his horse Bucefal, which supposedly sank in the lake. The lake was then named after Alexander, whose name is spelled in Persian as “Iskander”.


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