A New Cycle Begins – The Festival of Navruz

  While big parts of the western world get ready to celebrate Easter, the people of Central Asia have already welcomed spring and the return of life last weekend, celebrating Navruz. This ancient festival has its roots more than 5000 years ago in today’s Iran. Being a combination of the two old Persian words “now’, […]

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The Secrets of the Kyzylkum Desert

Amazing fairytale cities, rare species of animals, huge fresh oasis and large gold mines: despite all this richness and beauty, the Kyzylkum Desert in Central Asia has managed to stay away from the spotlight for a long time, which allows it to remain wild and pure. Few tourists venture here, but that might be a […]

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Kazakhstan

  How much do you know about Kazakhstan? And, no, having seen Borat does not count, as the movie did really small favor to the image of the country outside. This land of warriors and horses has many interesting curiosities, so to throw a little bit of light over the matter, here are ten funny/witty/interesting […]

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Kalmykia – Europe’s Only Buddhist Province

  In the western side of the huge Russian lands, close to the frontier with Kazakhstan, lies the Republic of Kalmykia. This federal subject of Russia is known because of a peculiar characteristic: it is the only place in the whole of Europe in which Buddhism is practiced by the majority of the population. Photo: […]

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King of the Mountains -The Snow Leopard in Central Asia

  The Central Asia Rally will take you through the realm of the snow leopard, one of the most majestic predators of Central Asia. And if you are lucky enough, you might even catch a glimpse of the shy king himself. Photo by Tambako The Jaguar   With white to yellowish, thick fur and dark […]

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Tamerlane – Conqueror of the World

  Timur was patron of arts, literature and architecture, he loved intellectual debates and made his capital Samarkand the most important center of arts and Islamic scholarship of his time. Even though he was illiterate, he spoke 3 languages, among them Turkic and Persian. He was a military genius, an extraordinary tactician, exceptionally smart – […]

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An Epic Saga – The Kazakh Khanate on TV

  Brace yourselves, our favorite TV-show about power, war, hate and of course love, Game of Thrones, is about to face some serious competition from Kazakhstan. Yes, you read that right, from Kazakhstan, where a new saga about the emergence of the Kazakh nation will shortly be broadcasted. Riders are speeding through the endless Kazakh […]

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Emerging from a Fairytale – The Cities of Uzbekistan

  Driving across Uzbekistan along the ancient Silk Road, following the tracks of caravans and merchants of old times, we will tackle several cities full of history, architecture, mystery and adventure. Join us on an epic trip through the centuries into another era to the cities of Uzbekistan! Photo by Robert Wilson Samarkand Short History […]

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Keep it Movin’ – The Traditional Dances of Central Asia

  There are several doors to the heart of a nation’s culture and history. Next to food and language the most important ones are with certainty its music and the according dances. Traditional dances are a reflection of people’s daily life and a nation’s character. On the fun side, they also offer a great possibility to interact […]

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The Hassle of a SIM Card in Tajikistan

  Do you feel naked without your phone? Forget Facebook during the rally, all right. But even when on the wildest adventures of the Central Asia Rally you’ll want the lifeline of an available mobile phone. But is it available? Can you use your SIM card in Tajikistan or Kyrgyzstan, for example? The answer is […]

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Don’t Be a Chuchuk About Chuchuk

  Remember our advice to explore on the Central Asia Rally with an open mind? Well, you’d better. It is the land of overflowing hospitality indeed. But the importance of showing respect to the Central Asian hosts has never been better illustrated, than now. Have you heard about how chuchuk, a type of Kyrgyz horse […]

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The necessary Tajik visa, GBAO and more

  Once you have made the great decision of boarding the great adventure rally the Central Asia Rally is, let’s get prepared with what you will need to enter these amazing countries. Acquiring the necessary visa for these countries is fortunately something the Travel Scientists will happily help you with. Photo by upyernoz During the amazing […]

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