Three Weeks in Central Asia (Part 11): Uzbekistan – Khiva; in the middle of the desert.

Departing Bukhara we had an 8 hour drive through the Kyzylkum desert; the 15th largest desert in the world, towards Khiva. Khiva is quite isolated and sometimes left out on some Uzbek itineraries but I am so glad I visited this wonderful city. In fact, upon reflection it made my Top 15 Cities I’ve ever…… Continue reading Three Weeks in Central Asia (Part 11): Uzbekistan – Khiva; in the middle of the desert.

Three Weeks in Central Asia (Part 10): Uzbekistan – Bukhara, The Silk Road Continues

Heading west from Samarkand was a 1.5 hour high speed train trip to another well known Silk Road pit stop. It was around 10:30pm when we arrived at Bukhara. Our bus was waiting to take us to our hotel, which turned out to be more memorable than most occasions where I’ve been taken to a…… Continue reading Three Weeks in Central Asia (Part 10): Uzbekistan – Bukhara, The Silk Road Continues

Three Weeks in Central Asia (Part 9): Uzbekistan – Samarkand, the Silk Road awaits

Intricate designs both inside and outside The Silk Road. The series of interconnected trade routes between western Europe and eastern China operating during the 2nd Century BC and 15th Century AD. At it’s epicentre, the ancient city of Samarkand. Uzbekistan’s most visited city is one of the oldest continuously populated cities in Central Asia. It…… Continue reading Three Weeks in Central Asia (Part 9): Uzbekistan – Samarkand, the Silk Road awaits

Three Weeks in Central Asia (Part 8): Uzbekistan – A Tashkent stopover

As my Central Asian journey continued I walked over the border into Uzbekistan.. COUNTRY NUMBER 50!! – And half way to my goal! Gone are the stunning landscapes of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan and the surprising modernity of Kazakhstan. In its place the Silk Road. The ancient network of trade routes – yes there wasn’t just…… Continue reading Three Weeks in Central Asia (Part 8): Uzbekistan – A Tashkent stopover