Off the Beaten Path Experiences in Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan
Collected by Adriana Yampey
I am very attracted and curious to see the countries people don't normally go to. I don't know many people who have ventured here but I really want to be one of them. Although not as traveled as the popular destinations, their beauty is called by some, heaven.
Go check out the strange mix of variously soured milk product at the local bazaar. Most vendors won't speak English but the universal language of commerce with friendly undertones should get you a taste of what this beautiful country has to offer....
As I got off the plane and entered the dark Soviet city fear gripped me as a KGB officer approached....OK I’m kidding, but this is what I thought my first experience in the post USSR republic of Central Asia was going to be. Instead my time in the...
Visit the towns on the south side of Lake Issyk Kul to find the One Village One Product group who are experienced in their handmade wet felted items made with the wool from the sheep in their region. Beautiful purses, toys, bags, and more are...
There is no public transport between Osh and Bishkek apart from air travel, and with that one completely misses out on the spectacular landscapes that MAKE this country. We ended up taking a taxi and sharing it with another woman and her two kids,...
I traveled to Turkmenistan this year and visited the capital city of Ashgabat. One of the highlights of any stay in Ashgabat is a stop at the famous Tolkuchka Bazaar. The bazaar used to be located in Ashgabat but recently moved to the outskirts of...
If you are planning a trip to Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, you must include a visit to perhaps the most spectacular market in all of Central Asia. The famous Tolkuchka Bazaar is a sprawling complex of shopping halls in the desert suburbs of the...
You really can buy anything you want at the famous Tolkuchka Bazaar in the suburbs of Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. The sprawling shopping complex takes up acres and is arguably the most famous market in Central Asia. I saw these decorative shoes at the...
When I lived in Uzbekistan, most of my food shopping was done at outdoor markets. I really came to appreciate the social interaction and feel of community at these markets where each vendor specializes in selling only one or two types of products....
I visited Central Asia in 2011 and had a two-day stay in the historic city of Khiva, Uzbekistan. Khiva has a long history as a side branch of the Silk Road. Today it is a well preserved city full of wonderful mosques, tombs, palaces, alleys and...
I will say a hundred times over, my experiences in Uzbekistan were less then ideal. I guess the great Silk Road cities had been built up so much in my mind that reality could never be satisfactory. In response to this feeling, I spent a lot of...
On a trip to Uzbekistan, I visited the historic city of Khiva. The old part of the city is a charming place to spend a day. It is a walled city that was part of the Silk Road. You can wander through this very walkable town admiring the historic...
Khodja Nurobobod Str., Buxoro, Uzbekistan
If you wander off the main paths in Bukhara, Uzbekistan, and explore the labyrinth of narrow winding streets, you may be fortunate to find this monument symbolizing world unity. This madrassah or monastery is called Chor Minor, meaning the four...
73, Bakhouddin Nakshbandi street, Buxoro 200100, Uzbekistan
If you ever decide to go to Bukhara, I highly suggest the Amulet Hotel which is located in the center of the old town, in an old Madrassah that has been converted into a bed and breakfast. We became particularly close with a younger fellow who...
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