Category Archives: The Silk Road

Unique and Unusual Uzbekistan: A Destination Guide

Ancient cities where brilliant aqua domes push towards bright blue skies, exotic and colourful markets, shared taxi adventures, cashless ATMs and black market negotiations, a fascinating history and locals who greet you with a gold-tooth smile. This is Uzbekistan and it is one of the most unique and unusual countries in the world. In September

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The Markets of Uzbekistan: A Photo Journey

The markets of Central Asia are colourful, fascinating and bursting with life and the markets of Uzbekistan are some of the best in the region.  The fresh produce is astounding from the famous pomegranates and melons to dried apricots, stuffed dates, nougat, halva, dried cheese and bread, bread, bread, and more bread. The markets of

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Glorious Samarkand – The Ultimate Silk Road City

Samarkand is perhaps the ultimate Silk Road city. A city that once sat at the crossroads of multiple trades routes leading to exotic locations such as China, India and Perisa. A city whose name is full of magic, wonder and romance. A city where brilliant aqua domes push towards clear skies. A city with some

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Chasing Visas in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Organising, coordinating and actually getting visas is one the most problematic, time-consuming and frustrating things about traveling in Central Asia. My visa dramas started in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan. From the tranquil valley of Tash Rabat I headed to Bishkek to start organising my visas for the rest of my Central Asian travels. It

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Across the Mountains: Travelling the Torugart Pass From China to Kyrgyzstan

Crossing from China to Kyrgyzstan via the Torugart Pass is notoriously difficult. The pass is high (3,752m) in the Tian Shan mountains and sometimes snow closes the road. The border is also considered a special crossing with extra security needs and as a result a special permit is required, including a guide and pre-arranged transport

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