From Bishkek we headed to Issyk Kul. Our route looked the following way: Balykchy - Bokonbaevo - Karakol - Bosteri. We visited Konorchek and Fairytale canyons, Barskoon Valley, Dzhety-Ogyuz District, Semenovskoye and Grigorievskoye gorges
We arrived with a plane to Bishkek and had only two full days in the city. We were also flying back from Bishkek, so we had another evening in the city. We didn’t see much, unfortunately. The city definitely offers much more than I’ll describe below.
After Eastern Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan adventures, we were yearning for some days in comfort. That’s why we decided to go from Saty directly to Almaty. Formerly known as Alma-Ata, it is the largest city in Kazakhstan with a population of about two million people.
Why Kyrgyzstan / Kazakhstan? When we were planning our trip and during the trip we were often asked - why Kyrgyzstan / Kazakhstan? There were several reasons: we planned our trip during the school holidays in Germany and all "typical" destinations were expensivewe love off-the-beaten-path placesKyrgyzstan was recommended to us by some friends for its beautiful naturethe language: almost everyone [...]
Our “babymoon” destination this autumn was Uzbekistan, rather an unexpected choice for expecting parents, but as we were dreaming of going to the Central Asia since quite a long time, we decided to turn our wishes into reality without further delay and had a wonderful trip for the two of us. Luckily, I tolerated the [...]
Bukhara is another jem which you shouldn’t miss on your trip to Uzbekistan. It is only 1,5 hours away from Samarkand and its international airport offers many options for you flying in or out of the country. We flew from Bukhara (over Moscow) back to Berlin. Bukhara embraces about 140 architectural monuments and its historic center was [...]
Samarkand, prospering from its location on the Silk Road, is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in Central Asia; some theories propose that it was founded between the 8th and 7th centuries B.C. Modern Samarkand is a thriving tourist center well connected with Tashkent and Bukhara by the railways and providing a variety of accommodations and restaurants to [...]
The Fergana Valley Personally, I know the Fergana Valley because the best dried fruit and nuts sold in Kazan, my home city, come from there. Indeed, the Fergana Valley is the most fertile area in Uzbekistan and in the southern part of Central Asia, that’s why it became the agricultural heartland in the region. The Fergana Valley [...]
Tashkent Tashkent, the capital and the cultural and economic center of Uzbekistan, is home to more than four million people, which makes it the largest city in Central Asia. In 1966, a heavy earthquake destroyed a significant part of Tashkent, especially the old part of the city. Tashkent was completely restored by multiple architects [...]