Category Central Asia

Ashgabat, Risen From The Rubble

The Ashgabat Earthquake In 1948 the capital of Turkmenistan was razed to the ground by a devastating earthquake. The two shocks lasted less than a minute in total, but are said to have measured 9.6 on the Richter Scale and claimed 110,000 lives, about 60% of the then population. This would make it the most […]

The Akhal-Teke Horses of Turkmenistan

Wordless Wednesday – Desert Roll in Turkmenistan

Wordless Wednesday – Souvenirs, Uzbekistan

Türkmenbaşy Ruhy Mosque, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Monday Morning Blues – Turkmenbashi Ruhy Mosque in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

The beautiful mosque just outside the Turkmenistan capital brings back wonderful memories, perfect for beating any Monday morning blues.

Entrance, The Ark, Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Monday Morning Blues – Entrance at The Ark, Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Entrance, The Ark, Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Kalon Minaret from Inside the Kalon Mosque Courtyard, Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Monday Morning Blues – Kalon Mosque & Minaret in Bukhara, Uzbekistan

My 2018 tour of Uzbekistan was unforgettable and for me Bukhara was my favourite of all the Silk Road cities, with the Kalon Mosque being my absolute highlight.

Sunday Sunsets – Darvaza Gas Crater in the Karakum Desert of Turkmenistan

A visit to the amazing Darvaza Gas Crater in the Karakum Desert in Northern Turkmenistan is an unforgettable experience. The fires have been burning for close on 50-years now, the result of an accident when the Soviet authorities were drilling for natural gas. The sunset in the desert is pretty ethereal as I hope this […]

Sunday Sunsets – Islam Khodja Minaret and the Ichan-Kala in Khiva, Uzbekistan

Islam Khodja Minaret and the Ichan-Kala at Sunset

Pilgrims Merv, tomb of an unknown 12th Century dervish

Wordless Wednesday – Pilgrims at the Mosque of Yusuf Hamadani, Ancient Merv, Turkmenistan

Pilgrims at the Mosque of Yusuf Hamadani, Ancient Merv, Turkmenistan

Monday Morning Blues – Uzbekistan Railways Engine in Bukhara

My something blue today is from my 2018 visit to glorious Uzbekistan. I photographed this beauty as I awaited the Afrosiyob to speed me to Samarkand. Join us over on Twitter to post a ‘blue’ image from your travels every Monday morning. @wilburstravels