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A Persian-speaking advanced in a predominantly Turkish, Tajikistan is in many ways the odd one out in Central Asia. With its roots in ancient Sogdiana and Bactria, the modern country is a fragile patchwork of clans, languages ​​and identities, forged together by little more than Soviet nation-building and shared hopes for a peaceful future. That peace was broken in 1990 when a brutal civil war claimed over 50,000 lives, making the remote mountainous republic in the bloodiest corners of the former Soviet empire. Despite the wounds remain open, a decade after the war the majority of Tajiks are moving forward with their lives, as if waking from a nightmare, and a mood of optimism has returned.

The good news is that Tajikistan today is safe, stable and scenically spectacular. The Pamir – the “Roof of the World” – are easily the highlight of the country, offering stunning landscapes of great height, great choices of ecotourism, mountain hospitality humility and Pamir Highway – one of Asia’s largest travel road. The Wakhan Valley is a dream for walkers, Dushanbe is considered one of the most beautiful capitals of Central Asia, while the ancient city of Penjikent offers an interesting view of the region past the Silk Road.

Once the playing fields of spies “Great Game” and explorers, Tajikistan is now the playground for adventure tourism edge. For lovers of remote mountain landscape, or any person occupying positions such as northern Pakistan and western Tibet as your favorite destinations, Tajikistan is in sight as the most exciting republic in Central Asia.



Kyrgyzstan is tucked into Central Asia’s geographical vortex amid a massive knot of colliding mountain ranges. Monster mountains and valleys associated squalid, glaciers, ice streams and lakes of blue dominate over 90% of the country. Of hiking or horseback riding? Just choose a wide – not much to choose from – like the Pamir Alay Range in the Alai Valley or the Central Tian Shan. In true nomadic style, spend the nights camping under a starry sky full of people or the bed in a yurt. Be warned though, the Kyrgyz are renowned for their hospitality and guests are often treated with fermented mare’s milk and bowls of fresh yogurt.

In fact, nomadic traditions are alive and well in Kyrgyzstan. You can take the hills around Lake Issyk-Kol, the earth’s second largest alpine lake, with a formation of an eagle to hunt rabbits or cheer wildly with locals during a game of kok Boru, a fierce battle riding the drivers fight each other the body of a headless goat. Lake Song-Kol in the center of Kyrgyzstan is a similar place picturesque, ideal for camping and meet shepherds who bring their animals here in the summer months.

Local cash-strapped, struggling Eek life in post-communist Asia, tourism has become for help. The creation of sustainable projects are revolutionizing the travel budget, pushing Kyrgyzstan to the forefront of tourism in the community and bring some extra money for families. On the contrary, now that the long arm and inflexible Russian law is no longer on the scene, corruption of officials and political turmoil are part of everyday life.
Kyrgyzstan may be small, can often be overlooked, but, like players in a game of kok Boru, this tenacious nation packs a powerful punch yet can get away with the award as more attractive and accessible republic Central Asia.


With sublime perched old churches, watch towers and castles that dot the fantastic mountain scenery, Georgia must be one of the most beautiful countries in the world. This is a place where (except in the most monotonous and Soviet-made sections of some cities) the human hand has improved a lot from nature. Finally put internal conflict and post-Soviet economic stagnation behind it, Georgia is developing its tourism potential and the provision of all its attractions safely and easily accessible to travelers. Appealing accommodation for all budgets is becoming available throughout the country and opportunities to explore on foot, horse or vehicle are expanding rapidly.

From the outrageously beautiful cities of Svaneti and Kazbegi in the Caucasus Mountains in Batumi, a city fun loving semitropical in the Black Sea coast, Georgia is full of natural diversity. Tbilisi, the capital and by far the largest city, has the atmosphere of an ancient crossroads of Eurasia, however, is also a city of the 21st century with the European style of nightclubs and exciting new architecture. The complicated story of Georgia has made a fascinating cocktail of influences from Turkey, Russia, Persia, Central Asia and beyond, with a wonderful legacy of architecture and art. However, today Georgia looks to Europe for their future and is the westernmost in the atmosphere of the three Caucasus countries.

Perhaps his greatest treasure is the Georgians themselves: warm, proud, full of life, cultured, hospitable and expert obsessively enjoy life. This is a country where customers are considered a blessing. The abundant local wine flows freely, the tables are full of good food and they never fail to be charmed by the warmth of their welcome.



No country in Central Asia, seems to have everything well, but at the same time, be so bad, such as Uzbekistan. The cradle of culture region for over two millennia, is the proud home of a fascinating array of architecture and artefacts, all deeply imbued with the raw and fascinating history of the country. But as students of history know, it also emerged a few bad apples in recent years. Tyrants love for the goodness of the country’s physical ran the territory now known as Uzbekistan, since time immemorial.

Focus on the good things, if there was a Hall of Fame of the cities of Central Asia, Uzbekistan would own the top three entries: Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva. The names of almost the epitome of the region, evoking images of a knife-spinning dervishes, serpentine desert caravans and architecture that mixes with the sand. Seen in person, the big three does not disappoint (the occasional overzealous restoration despite the efforts). Unfortunately, sometimes overshadowed other attractions of the country, which include dazzling bazaars, ancient fortresses like Nurata, and an impressive array of natural attractions largely unknown. But at least this means you will have opportunities for hiking and adventure sports Chimgan and about himself!

All this goes a long way to outshine the bad memories evoked by names like Genghis Khan, Tamerlane, Nasrullah Khan and Stalin. The country of long-serving current leader, Islam Karimov, is no saint either. However, the people of Uzbekistan are still good-spirited and genuinely hospitable – another main attraction in this country, strangely endearing.