Tag Archives: Central Asia

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

Registan, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

My Iconic Travel Moments Part 3 – 2011 to 2019 (#2) – Samarkand

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 […]

My Iconic Travel Moments Part 3 – 2011 to 2019 (#4) – Turkmenistan

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. […]

Darvaza Gas Crater, Turkmenistan

The Gate to Hell – The Darvaza Gas Crater, Turkmenistan

Karakum Desert, Turkmenistan In October 2018 I visited the amazing country that is Turkmenistan. I have been looking back on a truly remarkable trip. 80% of Turkmenistan is made up of the Karakum Desert and 270 km northwest of capital Ashgabat there lies one of the nations gas fields. In the late ’60s gas was […]

Chorsu Bazaar, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Monday Morning Blues – Chorsu Bazaar, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

I love an indoor market and Chorsu is up there with the best. The colourful displays of sweets, cakes, nuts & aromatic spices are quite a picture, but it is the hustle & bustle that that goes on over two floors that is the real draw. The picture below is the main domed building of […]

Friday Photo – Shahi Zinda, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

I visited the wonderful mausoleum complex in September 2018. It seems like a dream right now! Hamish & I were the only Westerners there at the time in fact there were very few men at all with the majority of visitors being groups of women. The colours & patterns you can are typical of the […]

Sher-Dor Madrasah, Samarkand

Sunday Photos – Sher-Dor Madrasah, Samarkand

The tile work above the entrance to the Sher-Dor Madrasah at the Registan is amazing. It features a pair of tigers with a rising sun with human faces on their backs as they seem to be about to devour an antelope each. Notice also there is an image of swastika, which from ancient times was […]

Tashkent Train Station, Uzbekistan

Friday Photo – Tashkent Train Station, Uzbekistan

Two years ago today I arrived in the Uzbekistan capital, the culmination of a memorable tour of the amazing country together with its off-beat neighbour Turkmenistan. I arrived with Hamish by overnight train from Urganch, back then the gateway to Khiva. Arriving at 7 in the morning we managed to find a cafe in the […]

Wordless Wednesday – Camels For Sale, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan