Category Central Asia
Number 2 – Samarkand, Uzbekistan My 2018 trip to Uzbekistan with travel buddy Hamish was absolutely superb. You may already have read about the Turkmenistan leg of the trip (Darvaza Gas Crater was iconic travel moment number 4). Uzbekistan just about edged it for me, and even then it was a pretty close call between […]
Number 4 – The Gate to Hell in Turkmenistan Turkmenistan was a truly amazing country to visit. From its surreal capital of Ashgabat to Ancient Merv and the city of Mary. One site however stands out as a truly memorable experience from my 2018 visit – the Darvaza Gas Crater in the remote Karakum Desert. […]
I am reflecting on a trip that I made in 2018 from Turkmenistan’s capital Ashgabat to the eastern city of Mary. Ashgabat to Mary by Train Having spotted a train travelling through the desert northwards from Ashgabat to Dashoguz close to the Uzbek & Kazakh borders, our excitement to be embarking on our only train […]
Tashkent If you visit the Central Asian jewel of Uzbekistan, the likelihood is that Tashkent will be either your entry or exit point. The Uzbek capital is unsurprisingly somewhat in the shadow of the fabulous Silk Road cities of Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand and if like me it happens to be the 4th major spot […]
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 beautiful mosque just outside the Turkmenistan capital brings back wonderful memories, perfect for beating any Monday morning blues.
Entrance, The Ark, 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.