Central Asia today consists of five independent countries including Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan. Discovering this diverse and rich region for yourself on one cheap Asia holiday package, you have chances to come to the new land and experience to the countries in depth. No matter your choice, travel in Central Asia will leave you the unforgettable memories of an under-explored region.
Experience the unique things in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
Ashgabat is the striking capital of Turkmenistan which is a world of the fountains, marble boulevards, and gold statues. Wandering around the city, you will notice that there are many sites in the city depict the name of a man, he is the country’s former leader Saparmurat Niyazov.
After the collapse of the Soviet Union, he became the leader of the country and proposed the useful policies to renovate the country. In order to memorize his devotion, people built a lot of gold statues of him.
Walking the streets of the capital, you will see a handful of locals dressed in vibrant traditional attire.
Relive the ancient Silk Road in Bukhara, Uzbekistan
Bukhara is Uzbekistan’s fifth largest city containing over 140 monuments and historical buildings. This city is recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. With the history of over 5000 years, Bukhara is the center of religion and culture in Uzbekistan as well as in the whole of Central Asia.
You can spend hours lingering among the ancient buildings in the historic center, the most striking of which is Poi-Kalyan or “The Foot of the Great”. Throughout 1300 years of history, this building is still intact, even during the assault of Genghis Khan in the 14th century.
You can happily end your day at Lyab-i Hauz, an atmospheric pond surrounded by open-air cafes and bars. Bukhara is such an absolute gem of the country which is well prepared for tourists to dig its interesting history.
Drive across mountains on the Pamir Highway, Tajikistan
Stretching up to 7495 meters high, the Pamir Mountain Range is one of the highest and most majestic mountains in the region which offers you the wonderful adventure that you cannot find in Europe or the United States. At that altitude, your breath comes hard and your steps become heavy. Dropping down is a sweet relief, as the views shift from Tibet plains to lush valleys. You will have a chance to meet the local people in the traditional costumer living in the small villages scattered along the way.
The Pamir Highway
Horses, yurts, and lakes in Kyrgyzstan
If you get a chance to visit Kyrgyzstan, you should drive from Tajikistan into the country. Along the way, you will meet Mount Lenin. At the altitude of 7134 meters high, it is the second highest point in the country. The view is very nice and breath-taking.
Coming to Kyrgyzstan, you will feel what is really Central Asia. A feeling probably thanks to the yurts that stay warm in the winter and function as the house with full facilities inside.
In the Sary-Chelek reserve, you can see many shades of sceneries from green meadows to snowy peaks reflected in the surface of a mountain lake. As nature and biosphere reserve which was recognized by UNESCO, you will have a chance to explore the 270 hectares of pristine nature. There, you will see the horses galloping across rolling green hills, dotted with yurts like patches of snow, and you have basically nailed Kyrgyzstan. The cities in this country are small but this is a beautiful country for adventurous lovers and nature addicts.
The steppe in Kyrgyzstan
See the sci-fi like Bayterek Tower, Astana, Kazakhstan
The comedy film Borat portrayed Kazakhstan as impoverished, backward and parochial, that makes me sure that the director, Sacha Baron Cohen, has never been in Astana, the capital of this Central Asia country.
Kazakhstan has reserves of oil, coal and precious minerals that turning this country into wealth. So a large number of population of this country are working in the mining industry.
The name of the country was derived from the ancient Turkic word for “free spirit”. In the capital, Astana is a resounding rebuttal to any stereotype that uninformed the foreigners may have formed about the country. This country is a city of glass and steel, climbing to the top of the bizarre sunflower-like Bayterek Tower in the city, you will have a chance to see a panoramic view of the furiously growing metropolis.
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