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Reminiscing About Leg 2 – The Turkmenistan to Kyrgyzstan Photo Gallery

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While I’ve been stuck in Tehran (Iran) over the last couple of weeks I’ve had the chance to reminisce about previous sections of the journey. Leg 2 from Turkmenistan to Kyrgyzstan was a fast paced, exciting race against the clock though some of the most beautiful and scenic countries along the Silk Road. At the time I thought this was the…

In Search of the Aral Sea – From Khiva to Moynaq, Uzbekistan

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Rather than retrace the direct route to the main road via Urgench, cycled along the smaller roads for a short cut towards Nukus. Riding through small towns and farmland. Uninspiring. But I was quite happy just pootling along. No particular rush. I thought again how this countryside reminded me of Norfolk.
Dusk arrived too fast. The days are short now…

Photos of Khiva

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I pushed on towards Khiva, rather than camp – it would have been the crap kind of camping. Where you have to hide and make no noise and try not to be seen. There were simply too many houses and people from the main road to Khiva. Nothing like the desert the day before. Besides, I thought I could beat…

Elliq Qala – A tour of the 50 Fortresses (well, 6 to be exact)

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Because it had taken three hours for the taxi driver to find 3 other passengers, it was well after dark when I arrived in Tortkul. So rather than cycling out of town and camping, I found a place to stay.

Toprak Qala

From here I was going to start a mini tour of the crumbling ruins of the Elliq Qala,…

Photos of Bukhara

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After Samarkand, came Bukhara. On the route I’m cycling west, at least. It was the same for those merchants from the East trading along the Silk Road so many centuries ago, millennia even.

Well-preserved

Another central Asian city that has changed hands almost as often as I wash my clothes. First it was a vassal state of the Persian Empire,…

Photos of Samarkand

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Samarkand was founded around 700BC by the Sogdians. It became one of the greatest cities in the world at the time due to it’s central location on the Silk Road, connecting China with the East.

The Registan – centre of old Samarkand

Later it became a centre of learning for Islam.

Ulugbek Observatory

In 1220, Chinggis Khan swept through and…

The Golden Road to Samarkand

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Time is flying by. I have so much I could write about, but too little time to do it justice. That has been the trouble with this trip… not enough time to simply sit back and relax. Now I’m in Central Asia and no longer need to rush against the wintery weather, the 30 day tourist visa to Uzbekistan just…

From Termis to Dushanbe

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Travelling South towards Termis and the Afghan border

From the relative security of the UK, our planning stages had involved sharp intakes of breath if ever our proposed route came within two time zones of Afghanistan.We had chosen routes far to the North of the border regions, forsaking main roads and some beautiful areas of the Pamir Highway – most…

Bukhara – the last of the Uzbek trinity

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Frazzled by the heat of the desert and the long drive from Khiva we were looking forward to our return to the profusion of decent, cheap accommodation options in Bukhara.Previously we had stayed at the New Moon Hotel, not yet in any of the guidebooks and a recent addition to Booking.com.
They had also won our approval and heartfelt thanks,…

Khivan Forts

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Lonely Planet, from Hell’s heart, I stab at thee… for hate’s sake, I spit my last breath at thee…

Stuffed to bursting with the delights of old Khiva we planned another early start to head back to Bukhara and some boutique hotel loveliness.Lonely Planet (I love you) recommended a diversionary stop off to admire some millenia old forts an hour…

State of the Union (& Khiva)

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I….I….I’m not very well….

For just over forty years the collection of matter that constitutes the entity that is Mark Bowen has existed in a state union of reasonable peace and security.  All that was to change – after a night out in Bukhara for a plate of Plov and a couple of cheeky beers…A secessionist movement of rebels based in…

Uzbekistan – and the hunt for Dizel

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Typically long queue for petrol

Warning: 
This blog is intended for those intending to travel to Uzbekistan and wishing to understand the fuel situation.
For everyone else, seriously, save yourself the bother and don’t read this.
It really is quite dull…
The road South from Samarkand towards Bukhara gave us the first opportunity to indulge in one of the trials…

Uzbekistan – Samarkand

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Border formalities finally completed in 7+ hours, we gained an hour of that back with a strange time change in the “wrong” direction – but one which benefitted our busy schedule that day.
With an extra hour of daylight now available to us we pushed on towards Samarkand, avoiding the section of direct road that crosses briefly back into Kazakhstan…

Crossing into Uzbekistan

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This was the border crossing we had been dreading, for a number of reasons.
Medications:
First on our list of worries was the strict Uzbek rules regarding the carriage of medicines. There are a number of horror stories on travellers websites and blogs from people who have unintentionally transgressed these rules and been subject to hotel arrest or prison awaiting trial.http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hubb/northern-asia/uzbekistan-medical-kits-warning-57823…

Povestea celor trei orase – Samarkand

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Samarkand… Numele e de ajuns pentru a face imaginatia sa zburde. Orasul care a supravietuit tragediilor si ambitiilor a doua imperii – cel al lui Tamerlan si cel bolsevic, e chiar si azi considerat un pol al culturii musulmane. Odinioara insa povestile despre aceste loc ii atribuiau un caracter nepamantean: Samarkand era o Mecca a epocii, un loc in care…

Povestea celor trei orase – Bokhara

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Intre Khiva si Bokhara hotaram sa mergem in trei, si sa dam o raita pe la asa-numitele castele de nisip, adica ruinele altor orase antice. Stralucitoare odinioara, azi doar mormane – impresionante de altfel – de nisip si piatra.

 

 

 

Pistele de ajuns la castele sunt insa geniale. Iar localnicii sunt cu chef!

 

Ne incheiem ziua pe…

Povestea celor trei orase – Khiva

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Imediat la iesirea din Moynak incepe dansul. Nu sunt bani. Nu e benzina. Decat de 80, si la bidoane la micii intreprinzatori, si la benzinaria din targ.

 

Mobrele gafaie si pufaie cu lichidul asta nenorocit in vintre. Parca si matele noastre fac a foame, si suntem nevoiti sa mai facem o oprire. Mancarea incepe sa sune a Asia: impartim…

Marea Aral ia-o de unde nu-i

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Frontiera dintre Kazakhstan si Uzbekistan e cea mai imbacsita de pana acum. Vorbiti romaneste? intreaba chiar in graiul lui Basescu unul dintre camionagii din coada. De unde esti, intreb? Din Cernauti. Ce tare, ce transporti? Macarale. Uau, si unde dormi? In camion. Dar voi? In cort, normal. Si nu va e frica de scorpioni? Pai avem grija. Vedeti ca in…

Uzbekistan Part 2 – Russian Teachers, Samarkand’s Delights and Tashkent’s A-List Mechanic’s

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My Russian teachers Rukhshona 4 and Ezoza 6.
Samarkand is a famous historical city and one with many of its great architectural buildings still in excellent condition. I’d heard a lot about it from other travellers so I was looking forward to the visit. It was also only a short 300km drive which made for a gentle and relaxing 4.5 hour…

Uzbekistan Part 1 – Vodka Repairs, Luxury Hotels and Losing Your Head

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Old Town Khiva
Entering Uzbekistan took a couple of hours but was pretty straight forward. I had to fill out entry forms and declarations and then went through a few hoops. Fortunately there was a guard that spoke good English and he personally took me through the process. When it came to the search of the car they were particularly interested in…

Boats, Borders and a Braking Boris

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Hi everybody,
I just wanted to say a quick hello. Technology challenges in ‘The Stans’ are making it difficult to update you on my progress. Since I left Tbilisi the days have been a blur. Boats (3 days on a leaky cargo boat), Borders (Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan) and Boris have been keeping me occupied.
Don’t fret some blog updates…

Uzbekistan

UZBEKISTAN
18TH October   The Border
We pass from Turkmenistan very quickly to the Uzbekistan border.  As we arrive we notice the border gate is closed. We stop behind another car in anticipation of them opening the gate.  30mins later there is no sign of any movement, so I jump out to have a look around.  I find the customs office…