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by Granite2018
Sat Aug 03, 2019 5:15 am
Forum: Others
Topic: Georgia: Davit Gareja Monastery Complex closed
Replies: 0
Views: 198

Georgia: Davit Gareja Monastery Complex closed

Just wanted to give people a heads up on this. I went on a trip to the Davit Gareji monastery complex yesterday, using the Gareji Line bus service which leaves from Pushkin Park on Liberty Square at 10:45 every day. Cost: 30 Lari. On arrival, it turned out that half the complex, the Udabno Caves and...
by Granite2018
Wed Jul 31, 2019 9:45 am
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Travel in Chechnya & Dagestan: is it safe?
Replies: 19
Views: 4829

Re: Travel in Chechnya & Dagestan: is it safe?

Travelled from Vladikavkaz to Grozny, Machachkala, Gunib and then Astrakhan. As already mentioned, lots of security and armed soldiers, but at no point did I feel unsafe. Maybe my preconceptions about Chechnya played a part in it, but I did not feel particularly comfortable in Grozny. Can't quite pu...
by Granite2018
Wed Jul 31, 2019 9:19 am
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Georgia to Russia Border crossing (Zemo Larsi - Chertov Most)
Replies: 46
Views: 19771

Re: Georgia to Russia Border crossing (Zemo Larsi - Chertov Most)

Crossed into Russia in early July and back out again at the same border crossing a few weeks later. I asked my hostel in Tbilisi about the 5am bus from Didube (bus station) and was told that it no longer runs and that shared taxis from Didube are now the only option, costing 50 Lari for a seat. When...
by Granite2018
Tue Jul 30, 2019 1:28 pm
Forum: Visas & embassy reports
Topic: Russian tourist visa in Tbilisi, Georgia
Replies: 31
Views: 10197

Re: Russian tourist visa in Tbilisi, Georgia

Successfully applied for a 30 day single entry tourist visa in mid-June. Irish citizen Was told that it would take two weeks but the issue date on my visa was only seven days after application. Book your appointment online at Tass-Georgia and bring the documents they tell you to bring. Also, keep yo...
by Granite2018
Mon Jul 01, 2019 9:08 am
Forum: Visas & embassy reports
Topic: China visa application information check
Replies: 4
Views: 225

Re: China visa application information check

I provided an air ticket out of Beijing as my proof of onward travel, which I cancelled and then crossed from Kashgar to Kyrgyzstan. No questions asked. No idea how in-depth their research on travellers in Xinjaing is, but would suggest not taking any electronic devices that you ever used for anythi...
by Granite2018
Mon Jun 17, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: Visas & embassy reports
Topic: Uzbekistan new registration system from July 2018
Replies: 40
Views: 5604

Re: Uzbekistan new registration system from July 2018

I've just spent 36 hours in Uzbekistan, practically just transit and didn't have a registration slip for my one night in the country. The border guard at TAS didn't ask for it and stamped me straight out.
by Granite2018
Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:22 am
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Irkeshtam pass report – Kashgar, Xinjiang to Sary Tash, Kyrgyzstan
Replies: 40
Views: 13933

Re: Irkeshtam pass report – Kashgar, Xinjiang to Sary Tash, Kyrgyzstan

Kashgar to Osh in early June. I met two cyclist in the hostel in Kashgar that wanted to leave on the same day as I did, so we organised a taxi direct to the customs checkpoint. Iskander, the guy who runs the Tourist Service Centre close to the big mosque, was very helpful and his English is excellen...
by Granite2018
Sun Jun 09, 2019 7:55 am
Forum: Turkmenistan
Topic: exchange Manats to US dollars in the USA
Replies: 2
Views: 233

Re: exchange Manats to US dollars in the USA

Maybe try putting them on Ebay, maybe they're in demand with collectors.
by Granite2018
Mon Jun 03, 2019 4:46 am
Forum: Itineraries & trip reports
Topic: Almaty-Urumqi bus: reports, Q&A
Replies: 22
Views: 5236

Re: Bus from Urumqi (China) to Almaty (Kazakhstan)

I've been told that this train can be booked online on 12306(dot)com. I had a look but didn't go through with it as my plans changed. The site is in Chinese and google couldn't translate, so you'll need to enlist a Chinese speaker's help.
by Granite2018
Thu May 30, 2019 2:52 am
Forum: China travel sharing
Topic: Kashgar to Kyrgyzstan taxi share
Replies: 0
Views: 195

Kashgar to Kyrgyzstan taxi share

Hi all,
I'll be heading from Kashgar to the Kyrgyz border early morning on 10 June. Let me know if that also works for you and you want to share a taxi to the border.

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