Monthly Archives: October 2015

AFGHANISTAN – The Trip

Afghanistan October 31, 2015 This may be the fastest visit I will have ever had in a country. It seems fitting that is is Halloween. But I will have set foot in the country, spent several hours and obtained a … Continue reading

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TAJIKISTAN – Travel Facts

Tajikistan’s highland landscapes offer adventure for mountaineers, trekkers and adventure travellers. Rural homestays are the norm and rural transport is so irregular that most rent 4WDs. The people are predominantly Persian, rather than Turkic speaking, and enormously hospitable. It is … Continue reading

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TAJIKISTAN – The Trip

Tajikistan – The Trip Oct 24-Nov 6, 2015 Its highland landscapes test climbers, trekkers and adventure travellers. Rural homestays form the bulwark of accommodation in timelessly photogenic rural villages hosted by a curious mixture of different facial appearances. The people … Continue reading

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KYRGYSTAN – Travel Facts

HISTORY Early People. The earliest recorded residents were Sakas (Scythians) with rich bronze and gold relics from the 5th and 6th centuries. Then Turks lived around Lake Issyk-Kol. In 751, the Turks with Tibetans and Arab allies, drove out a … Continue reading

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KAZAKHSTAN – Travel Facts

HISTORY Kazakhstan as a single entity with defined borders was an invention of the Soviet regime in the 1920s, before that, the great bulk of the territory was part of the domain of nomadic horseback animal herders that stretched right … Continue reading

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KAZAKHSTAN – The Trip

Kazakhstan Oct 5-18 This is the world’s ninth biggest country and the most economically advanced of the ‘stans’, thanks to its abundant reserves of oil and minerals. But the drop in oil prices has affected it significantly. It means better … Continue reading

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KYRGYZSTAN

Kyrgyzstan Sept 30-Oct 6, Oct 19-24, Nov 17-20 Kyrgyzstan is defined by its topography: unspoiled mountainscapes, stark craggy ridges and rolling summer pastures inhabited by semi-nomadic, yurt-dwelling shepherd cultures. It is famous for yurts, hats and horsemen. With a network … Continue reading

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