Quiet Toktogul, set between the sharp undulations of the Kyzyl-Too range and the blue shimmer of Toktogul lake, gets little love from travelers rushing past to more famous destinations. We understand, its charms are understated. Nonetheless, it is a pleasant place to break your journey from Bishkek to Osh and while away a day. And once you slowed down to the pace of small-town Kyrgyzstan, Toktogul emerges as a hub for adventure sports, smack-bang in the middle of Suusamyr, Arslanbob and Sary-Chelek.
Just off the highway from Turkestan to Kyzyl Orda, in the province of South Kazakhstan, lies an intriguing reminder of times past. Sauran was once the biggest city in Kazakhstan, but history abandoned it for a new lover. Today, a large, romantic ruins remains.
Adam Riches guides us as he discovers the town of Beyneu, Kazakhstan, and its many wonders.
The lake and surrounding Biosphere Reserve of Sary-Chelek are oft-quoted as one of the most beautiful sights in Kyrgyzstan. A habitat for 1.000 different plants and rare mammals such as bear and lynx, Sary-Chelek is a great place to hike, observe nature or to simply get away from it all.
As one of the oldest cities in Central Asia, founded by Alexander the Great in the 4th century BC, current-day Khujand (formerly known as Leninobod) functions as the northern capital of Tajikistan. Situated on the Syr Darya River at the mouth of the Fergana Valley from where it connects Samarkand with the Fergana Valley, its […]
Is this Earth a beautiful pit of despair, bounded by a rainbow drawn in fecal colors, or is it a valuable gift, given to us by a grade-A asshat? These are the type of philosophical dilemmas that cross the mind of the wanderer in Karakalpakstan.
From the turn-off on the Ashgabat-Turkmenbashi road, it’s a small hour’s drive on a dusty winding road heading into the Kopet Dag mountains that separate Turkmenistan from Iran before you come to the village of Nokhur. You’ve heard it’s remote and full of ancient beliefs, and so you are a little shocked to see shiny […]
Visually stunning, the Kipchak mosque near Ashgabat is equally baffling in its disregard of religious sensitivities.
There is so much great architecture outside of the tourist centers of Uzbekistan: Bukhara, Samarkand, Shakhrisabz and Khiva. The village of Katta Langar is one of those places in Uzbekistan that Soviet rule never quite got a hold on, and the rush of contemporary life and formulaic tourism has also passed by this little town.
Yes, beauteous is a word, and it perfectly describes the Aksu-Zhabagly nature reserve. Located near Kazakhstan’s southern capital Shymkent, the town of Zhabagly is the gateway to a huge area of wilderness that straddles the border with Uzbekistan.