UNESCO Sites in Central Asia

  Central Asia is the cross-roads of civilisation. Back in its heyday, it was the buzzing hub of the Silk Road, with the blue-tiled city of Samarkand as its trading and cultural centre. While many view Central Asia today as being in the middle of nowhere and as a cluster of former Soviet states, it’s […]

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Central Asia Border Crossing Survival Guide

  Central Asia has a mountain of red tape when it comes to border crossings, and crossing in a car can also complicate things. If you’re coming with us on the next Central Asia Rally, here are some tips on surviving Central Asia border crossings around the Stans! Be Patient. Crossing the borders in these […]

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The Best of Bukhara

  A labyrinth dotted with medressas, minarets, and the remains of its once vast Silk Road market complex, Bukhara is a city that captures Uzbekistan’s spirit. While most of Central Asia still carries the echoes of its Soviet past, for those looking to see Uzbekistan’s Turkestan heritage should make a bee-line to Bukhara. Samarkand might […]

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Undiscovered Kazakhstan: Around the Caspian Basin

  The region of western Kazakhstan around the Caspian Basin remains a land of mystery. With one half plunged into Europe, making it the continent’s most eastern extremity on the border with the Ural Mountains, and the remaining region outside the principal cities being a land only of interest to oil men, this part of […]

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The Central Asia Rally – Getting to the starting line

  Because we want to focus more on travelling through Central Asia, we moved our starting point to Astrakhan in Russia. Back in the early days of the Central Asia Rally, we would kick off from Budapest, attempt to cross Ukraine with bad luck and would end up driving over to Georgia to cross the […]

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Free Trip to India – Join Us on the Rickshaw Challenge and India’s Cup

If you’ve got a thirst for adventure, you are a good person to travel with and are an accomplished writer with PR and social media skills dedicated to delivering results, then you could kick start 2015 off on the Rickshaw Challenge and a tour round South India on the inaugural India’s Cup road trip. Sponsors […]

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The Ancient City and Lonely tower: the Story of Burana

  In the fertile Chuy Valley in Northern Kyrgyzstan, surrounded by the Tian-Shan Mountains, lies one of the country’s most famous archaeological sites. Burana is best known for its tower, a minaret that has been damaged by an earthquake that cut it down from being a towering 45 meters to 25. But the surrounding city […]

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Khiva: A Silk Road City in the Desert

  When its has such beautiful cities like Samarkand and Bukhara to contend with as sisters, Khiva is the city often forgotten on the Silk Road itinerary, or at least the one that would not get the “fairest of them all” where Uzbek cities are concerned. But, there is a certain je ne sais qois […]

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Gorno-Badakhshan – All About Eastern Tajikistan

  Tucked up in the Pamir Mountains, occupying 45% of Tajikistan’s landmass and only 3% of the country’s population, the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region is a curious one to explore. Even though it’s technically a part of Tajikistan, you still need a separate visa to go and visit. Its wildness, proximity to the Afghan border and […]

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Exploring Muynaq

  As one of the biggest ecological disasters in history, the Aral Sea is a poignant reminder of what damage we’re capable of doing on this planet. Crossing from Kazakhstan to Uzbekistan, we always take the route that passes the dried up shores of the Aral Sea, to the former port town of Muynaq. We […]

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The Best of Bishkek

  Bishkek doesn’t really have much of a reputation of being one of the premier world capitals, and is used more as a base from which to explore Kyrgyzstan. It’s easy to see why Bishkek fails to get the love, since it’s a new city full of Soviet era bleak concrete blocks, while lacking the […]

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Can You Do Central Asia on a Budget?

  When we think of travelling Asia many believe that you can survive on about $10 a day or something equally ridiculous, but the moment you put a search into Google to get more information on traveling in Central Asia, you’re posed with the depressing reality that tripping through the Stans is not going to […]

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