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Traveling South Kyrgyzstan — What to See and Do

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Traveling South Kyrgyzstan — Highlights of the Region Kyrgyzstan is known for its dramatic mountainous landscapes and rolling summer pastures (jailoos). It has been dubbed the Switzerland of Central Asia for good reasons. But most of these alpine landscapes are found in North Kyrgyzstan, and as a result, the southern part of the country is often overlooked by […]

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Issyk Kul: Kyrgyzstan’s Lake District

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Issyk Kul, Kyrgyzstan Wispy clouds hang low¬†over the choppy dark indigo waters as the howling winds create ripples on the water surface. Backdropped by tall and mighty Tien Shan mountains,¬†the water stretches into the horizon, far beyond where the eye can see. If I didn’t know better, I would have thought this was a sea. […]

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World Nomad Games in Photos

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The 2016 World Nomad Games in Photos “If Genghis Khan were alive, he’d want to be here,” the host at the World Nomad Games 2016’s opening ceremony announced as fireworks lit up the skies. Indeed, Genghis would have been proud to be at the World Nomad Games. Held from 3 to 8 September on the […]

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World Nomad Games — A Festival of Yurts, Horse Races and Eagle Hunts

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Welcome to the World Nomad Games 2016! I’ve come to Kyrgyzstan to attend and experience the World Nomad Games, a celebration of nomadic culture through sports and traditional art, song and dance. On the shores of Lake Issy Kol in Kyrgyzstan, flaming horsemen gallop alongside women dressed in multi-coloured traditional costumes, while men wearing tall […]

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Silk Road Travel Guide

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The Silk Road is the greatest travel route of all time, spanning 8,000km across continents, weaving through deserts, mountains and grasslands and bringing traders from East to West and vice versa. The original overland odyssey has long lured travelers, from the likes of the world’s first professional traveler, Marco Polo, to modern-day Silk Road author, […]

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Overland Travel in Central Asia: Tips and Review

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Traveling Central Asia is the stuff of dreams, evoking images of golden sand dunes, vast steppes, yurts, and exotic ancient architecture. For centuries, this region has been closely tied to the Silk Road and has acted as a crossroad for the exchange of goods, people and knowledge between Europe and Asia. The first travelers came […]

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Witnessing the First World Nomad Games in Central Asia

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A Photo Essay of the World Nomad Games 2014 ithin ten minutes of arriving, I watched as Kazakh wrestler and his Afghani opponent flew well off the mats and directly over my head into a crowd of excited spectators. While the danger of being squished beneath three hundred pounds of Central Asian sportsmen would come […]

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Market Fever at Osh Bazaar in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

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The fragrance of freshly baked Kyrgyz nan (bread) and red hot spices fills the air as I wander through the labyrinth of Osh Bazaar, the most famous market in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. I snake my way between the mountains of bread and heaps of fresh vegetables, smiling and greeting friendly vendors with a soft “salaam”. Women with floral scarves wrapped around their heads […]

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Celebrating Kyrgyzstan’s Independence Day in Bishkek

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Last week I arrived in Bishkek just in time to celebrate Kyrgyzstan’s Independence Day, the day the country declared freedom from the Soviet Union. The entire city seemed to be pulsating with energy with carnivals and street parties taking place all over the city. Of all the events that was happening, the exciting one of all was the horse races, Central Asia’s favorite sport. […]

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Traveling Central Asia: The Mind-Boggling Visa Application Process

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Amongst the nuances of travel, applying for visas is one of the things we hate about traveling. Sadly this is probably the most annoying part of planning a trip to Central Asia. Almost every country in Central Asia requires a visa to enter (for most nationalities). The ever-changing rules for visa applications in Central Asian nations […]

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Up Next: Two Months in Central Asia Traveling the Silk Road!

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My next trip is something of a dream journey, something that I’ve been planning for years! As you’re reading this, I’m making my way down to Mongolia and starting an epic journey through Central Asia. For a long time I’ve been dreaming of exploring this region that just seems so enigmatic with its golden sand dunes, vast steppes, […]

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