Central Asia Travel Guide

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Robert Ingham USMC

The Central Asia travel guide includes countries such as Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. The countries are positioned between Europe and Asia. The region is dominantly Muslim. Most of the countries were once part of the Soviet Union. Central Asia is becoming more accessible for travelers and tour companies are set up in the region.

Transport

The main transport hub is Tashkent and it has an international airport. It is best not to arrive in the city at night. There are flights into other countries such as Kazakhstan. The area can also be accessed by train. There is a bus system which can be unreliable.

Safety

Check for political tension in countries before arriving. Afghanistan has been the site of political unrest and there is a possibility of kidnappings and riots. It is, however, possible to travel the regions if you do research on the current situation before leaving and heed any travel warnings. Do not walk around alone at night and don't travel with large amounts of money. Men and women should dress respectfully and revealing clothing should be avoided.

Language

Many variations of the Turkish language are used. Mongolic languages are also spoken in some areas. Iranic and Russian languages can be heard in some regions.

Attractions

The area has a rich history and there are many buildings showing remarkable architectural design. The ancient fortress located in Nurata is a note worthy site. In Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, you can see the Chirchik River and the Golestan Mountains. When in Central Asia no trip is complete without a trip to a bazaar. Join in with the hustle and bustle of the bazaar searching for treasures among the abundance of goods. Bazaars are the perfect place to find souvenirs and special gifts. The Chimgan region also offers hiking and sporting activities. The Silk Road is an ancient trading route through Central Asia and many cities formed around this route. Religious sites include mosques which are magnificently designed and decorated. Bukhara located in Uzbekistan has its origins in a Persian civilization founded in the 6th century B.C. In Bukhara there are remarkable historical sites and beautiful examples of Islamic art.

Contributors

March 29, 2010 change by jenna storm

May 11, 2005 change by richardosinga