Experiences for life – outside the law of the country!
Since the dawn of time, Central Asia has been shrouded in mystery, and just as long, the region has been inhabited by many different peoples. This is partly due to the two rivers Syr Darya to the north and Amu Darya to the south, which frame Uzbekistan, but also due to the essential location the region had between West and East, which made the region ideal as a trade route for trade in expensive goods between China, India and Europe. Thus, innumerable cultural treasures are hidden in this part of the world.
A trip to Central Asia is like traveling into a well-written adventure. The Himalayas cast shadows from the south and the Sajane Mountains form rock walls to the north. To the west, the Pamir mountain range makes waves as the rushing Chinese river plains meander to the east. The scenery is enchanting, no matter in which direction you rest your gaze.
Join Tourist Travel on a Central Asian journey of the historic Silk Road, where the caravans’ commercial life unfolded over more than 1,500 years. We visit the historic oases along the way, where nature, architecture and a fantastic cultural life still live in the best of times. There are many ways to experience Central Asia and we allow you to customize your trip exactly the way you want it.
Types of travel in Central Asia
Cultural trips in Central Asia
A trip to Central Asia is a story about a continent that has been a hub for cross-border trade. The Silk Road, which winds through Central Asia, has had an enormous impact on cross-country cooperation. The many different migrations that have taken place here have characterized the caravan towns along the Silk Road.
According to COUNTRYAAH.COM, the Central Asian countries bubbled up after the collapse of the Soviet Union. But even before the countries became independent, the area has taken shape. Great personalities such as Genghis Khan and Timur Lenk are reflected in today’s Central Asia, and ancient nomadic life can still be seen in both monuments and architecture.
Mountaineering in Central Asia
Through Central Asia reigns the majestic mountain range, the Altai. Compared to other of the world’s mountain formations, it is extremely high to the tops. However, you should probably feel the challenges creeping in. The surroundings are immensely beautiful. We leave the green steppe country and the dry Gobi Desert. Instead, we set course for the snow-capped peaks.
At Tavan Bogd, the five sacred peaks of the Altai mountain range, hide the most breathtaking routes. Glacier training is required, which we do along the way. The mountaineering takes us through the realm of Genghis Khan, where the White River showers and the nomadic Tuvan people live. Look forward to literally following in the caravans’ footsteps.
Train travel in Central Asia
Get on the train in Central Asia and sit back in your seat as we roll along one of the most important areas in world history – the Silk Road. The network of roads made it possible to trade across continents, and therefore the Silk Road is a landmark place for the history of the world. It is the story of the caravans that is reproduced on this train ride.
A train journey through Central Asia also offers first-class views from your window. We roll through the dry desert, the lush steppes and the overgrown forest areas. In the open fields grow cotton, which at first glance looks like a faithful replica of the soft clouds above. In the background of the whole scenery, the huge peaks of the Altai mountain range reign.
Experiences in Central Asia
The stone city of Tashkent
Uzbekistan’s capital Tashkent does not immediately look like much. But the brown stone town hides heaps of hidden treasures. The city is particularly marked by the Turkish nomadic tribes.
On your trip to Tashkent you can therefore visit beautiful mattresses and mosques. The oriental mood is spreading especially in the Chorsu market. Here you will find trunk shoes, blankets, incense and more.
Emir Timur Pladsen
In Uzbekistan’s second largest city, Samarkand, there is a very special area called the Emir Timur Square. Over time, the square has housed statues of great personalities such as General Kaufmann, Stalin and Karl Marx.
After Uzbekistan became an independent kingdom in 1991, the statues were removed. Instead, a statue of the national hero Timur Lenk was erected. He was a historical warlord who founded the Timurid dynasty.
In Samarkand you will find Central Asia’s largest dome mosque, Bibi-Khanum. The turquoise dome shines in different shades, depending on how the sun hits. The construction of the mosque took place in the period 1399-1405.
It was Timur who placed orders for the construction of the historical monument. To this day, Bibi-Khanum is an architectural masterpiece with beautiful colorful patterns and writings on the walls of the building.