March 15, 2015

1489 TAJIKISTAN (Sughd Region) - Iskanderkul - part of Fann Mountains (UNESCO WHS - Tentative List)

Iskandar or Eskandar is the Persian version of the name Alexander, after Alexander the Great. It is used as a male first name in Middle East, Central Asia and South Asia, where are also toponyms with the same origin. One of this is Iskanderkul, a mountain lake of glacial origin in Tajikistan, which lies at an altitude of 2,195m on the northern slopes of the Gissar Range in the Fann Mountains. Triangular in shape and formed by the congestion of the Saratogh river, it has a surface area of 3.4 square kilometres and is up to 72m deep. A 300 square kilometres tract of land including the lake and surrounding mountains has been designated a nature reserve, and a half of the reserve has been identified as an Important Bird Area.

About the stamps

The first stamp, depicting Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Tajikistan, was issued on March 10, 2007.

The second stamp, depicting Rudaki Garden in Dushanbe, was issued on 2014.

Iskanderkul - Wikipedia
Fann Mountains - UNESCO official website

Sender: Ashuraliev Halimjon (direct swap)
Sent from Shaydan (Asht / Tajikistan), on 31.01.2015

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