Rushan lies just below the confluence of the Bartang with the Panj. The name “Rushan” means “luminous” or “bright”. It’s capital Rushan, also known as Vomar, situated on the border with Afghanistan, 65 km north of Khorog along the Panj and the Pamir Highway.
Rushan district is a home to Sarez Lake (called “the Sleeping Dragon” by the native population), which was formed as a result of earthquake in 1911 in Bartang valley in the east of the district.
Rushani language is spoken here. Rushan is renowned for its arts and musical traditions. Many famous musicians of Tajikistan are natives of this district.
Some highlights regarding to Rushan:
- Bartang valley with some big villages of Ghudara, Basid, Barchadev, Gjdev;
- Above the confluence of the Vomardara, there is an important shrine Shoh Tolib in Vomar;
- The shrine of Bobo Alisho in the village of Past Khuf;
- The shrine of Mustansiri Billoh and the ruins of 19th century fortress in Khuf;
- About 120km long, reaching its highest elevation of 6.083m at Patkhor Peak;
- Rushanis are among the most hospitable people in the Pamir and have a lively tradition of music and dancing.