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3 Stans in 3 weeks

Posted: Sat Jul 27, 2019 9:21 pm
by netllama
Continuing my periodic, ongoing series of trips to the world's deserts, I've recently returned from spending 3 weeks in central Asia. Specifically, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan & Kazakhstan. Don't feel bad if you have no clue where these countries are on a map. I couldn't find them either until recently (they're roughly way north of India, and a good 23 hours of flying from California). All 3 of these countries used to be part of the Soviet Union (USSR) back in the days of communism. But they have thousands of years of vibrant history before that era, as the fabled 'silk road' between Europe and China ran through here. This is a harsh, unforgiving land of extremes. Bitter cold in winter, and blasting heat in summer. I visited in summer, which meant it was above 100F nearly every day, and AC is mostly a foreign concept. This was Death Valley heat in a region where millions of people live.

Kyrgyzstan

ImageTash Rabat, a 15th century stone caravanserai over 12k feet up

ImageNomad guest camp near Tash Rabat

ImageNo trails

ImageSkazka Canyon

Imagecolors

ImageLenin was here

ImageAla Archa NP

Imagefog below, rain above

Kazakhstan

Imagethe ruins of the city of Sauran

ImageSauran

ImageTurkestan mausoleum

Uzbekistan

Imagemetro stop

ImageChorsu bazaar

ImageKhiva

Imagecity gate

ImageKhorezm fortress ruins

Imageheat

Imagereconstructed

Imagesand

Imagefallen empire

Imageon the hill

Imagecurly

ImageBukhara fortress

Imagefour minerets

Imagesomeone loves onions (and old Soviet cars)

Imagetigers

Image15th century mineret

ImageRegistan ensemble


For the curious, there are hundreds of additional photos here and a detailed day by day travel diary here.

Re: 3 Stans in 3 weeks

Posted: Sat Jul 27, 2019 9:34 pm
by jacknv7
Very interesting photos. Thanks!