Dusty ruins of ancient fortresses and towns arising from the orange plains of Kyzylkum desert. Sand castles of a lost empire. Elliq Qala (Ellik Kala) in Uzbekistan, which translates into “fifty forts”, is a set of remains of the number of Khorezm fortresses in the Karakalpakstan republic in Uzbekistan. The area also known as Golden Ring of Ancient Khorezm is an unusual place to visit in west Uzbekistan.
Bukhara, Uzbekistan. The intriguing city rising from the Kyzylkum Desert, like an oasis of the past. With the sea of turquoise madrasahs and mosques, a rich history reaching thousands of years back, there is no shortage of impressive things to do in Bukhara. Here are the top places to visit, as well as the ones less known to the tourist’s eye, but still worth discovering.
Abandoned Soviet town, surrounded by the high mountain peaks of the Tien Shan. Located in the remote valley, just a few kilometres from the Chinese border, inhabited only by a few local families. One of the places located deep off the beaten path in Kyrgyzstan. I present you the mesmerizing Sary Jaz valley and Engilchek ghost town that has been left forgotten from the world on the east-north of Kyrgyzstan. Continue reading “Kyrgyzstan: Sary Jaz and Engilchek – Forgotten Soviet Town in Tian Shan Mountains”
Samarkand, a jewel in the crown of the Great Silk Road and Uzbekistan, is a city like no other. Find out about the top things to do in Samarkand, the crossroad between east and west. Discover historical places in Samarkand Silk Road and get amazed by the array of historical and cultural Samarkand attractions.
There are a lot of places to visit in Uzbekistan. However, a well made, a one week Uzbekistan itinerary is enough to see most of them, together with going off the beaten path and meeting local people. I carefully planned my Uzbekistan itinerary to see as much as possible in a week of backpacking Uzbekistan, and I share it with you. Continue reading “Full Backpacking Uzbekistan Itinerary in One Week (Or More) + Tips”
Is it safe to travel to Uzbekistan, especially if you want to try solo traveling and you are a female? Is Uzbekistan safe? I discover the untold truth about Uzbekistan tourism safety and unfold the five main threats that you can face when you travel to Uzbekistan.
Kyrgyzstan was on my bucket list for, like, forever. The outdoors, the mountains, the wilderness, nature. Everything just screamed to me that it had to be visited. And then, I had a chance to try backpacking in Kyrgyzstan and I loved it! There are so many unique and interesting things to do in Kyrgyzstan, that it’s hard to choose. I share with you some of the top places to visit in Kyrgyzstan, as well as my personal favourites, unique experiences not to miss and hidden gems.
Travelling in Central Asia is like a fairytale. From the white peaks of the Kyrgyz mountains to the wild horses on the steppes of Kazakhstan. From the pearls of architecture in Uzbekistan to one of the world’s most closed countries of Turkmenistan and intriguing landscapes of Tajikistan. Central Asia lies off the beaten path for most of the tourists, but it intrigues and fascinates those adventurous ones. Here, I share with you my Central Asia travel guide and full Central Asia itinerary to help you plan your next backpacking trip to one of the world’s underrated regions.