Park Imeni S. Ayni or usually people call it as Ayni Park, is a big park in the heart of the Dushanbe city. With its big area of 5.67 hectares, this park is not only an amusement park of Dushanbe but also as the mausoleum of Saddridin Ayni, an academician whose works are the pride of Tajikistan. Park Imeni S. Ayni was renovated and opened again in November 6, 2017 with new attractions such as fountains and amphitheater.
A Day in Park Imeni S. Ayni
1. Saddridin Ayni's Mausoleum
Saddridin Ayni is a famous academician from Tajikistan. He is famous for his works on literature. The tour inside the Park Imeni S. Ayni will bring you to his mausoleum. His grave is located inside a building with a dome on top of it just like a mushala. The highlight things that you can do inside the mausoleum is reading Saddridin Ayni's duo to honor his memory.
2. Saddridin Ayni's Statue
Saddridin Ayni was a very important person for the country of Tajikistan. The tour inside Park Imeni S. Ayni will bring you to his statue near the entrance gate. The statue was made by a sculptor name Gafurdjon Juraev. Its height is 5,8 meters with the total area of 57 m2. Things that you can do in Saddridin Ayni's Statue is to take some photos with the famous, or can be included as the hero of Tajikistan.
After its renovation in 2017, Park Imeni S. Ayni is now having beautiful fountains that are equipped with colored lanterns or lights. If you are tired and wanted to rest for a bit after your tour inside the park, then take a sit on the benches surrounding the park and enjoy the fountain show. More things that you can do here is to see some flowers that are blooming in the terraces near the fountains.
4. Donyo Afson Children Park
A park without a playground cannot be called as a park. Luckily, after its renovation, Park Imeni S. Ayni is now equipped with a playground and also a children park called Donyo Afson. Donyo Afson in Tajik means a world of fairy tale. Started the tour from the park's gate which looks like Disneyland's entrance gate, you will see many rides that your children can play. Not only rides, there are also some statues that will attract your children, such as the T-Rex statue. Furthermore, not only that your children can play, they can also take memorable photos in some of the sides in the park.
The renovation in 2017 brought a new innovation in Park Imeni S. Ayni, which is a big amphitheater. This big amphitheater can acommodate around 1500 people. Things that you can do inside this amphitheater is absolutely watching a great performance. Eventhough there is no fixed schedule of the performances, your visit to the amphitheater will not disappoint you, it will more likely amaze you.
How to Get Tickets?
There is no entrance tickets for Park Imeni S. Ayni. Simply go there and enjoy everything that has been provided.
How To Get Around?
To get around Park Imeni S. Ayni is best go by foot. There is also a sports ground that might allowed you to ride your bicycle there.
What Should I Wear?
To have some tour around Park Imeni S. Ayni, there is no fixed dress code that you need to follow. Just wear something comfortable but still covering your arms and also knees since Tajikistan is a country where the citizens are dominantly Muslim, so you might as well respect their norms. Also, wear a comfortable shoes or flip-flop so that you can walk around the park easily.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Park Imeni S. Ayni is in between 3 pm to 5 pm, where the sun is not shining too brightly and the weather is also warm.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, it is very easy to go around the park. Eventhough the signs are all on Tajik language, you can just go with the provided route to reach all the places above.
How To Get There?
To get to Park Imeni S. Ayni, it is recommended to go by car or taxi. If you are going to the park from Dushanbe, it will take around thirty minutes of driving via Hofiz Sherozi Avenue. However, you can also take a public bus with the number 1,3, and 8. You can also take trolleybus number 1
There is no entrance fee for the park, however you need to prepare you money for the parking ticket and also for the entrance of the children park. Also, make sure that you bring scarfs especially for women to cover your head since Tajikistan is an Islam country.