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The written word on Central Asia is our daily bread, transforming the essence of Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan into a coherent text, aligning words that make you understand what to expect, where to stay, what to eat, whom to see, what to discover in Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, that is our passion. more


Should you ever find yourself travelling in the famous Fergana Valley of Uzbekistan, you are well advised to take time for a side trip to Shakhimardan, the Uzbek enclave beyond the Kyrgyz border. more

Images of the "Minor native land" through the eyes of Dilorom Mamedova
The theme of the native land has become a source of inspiration and the subject of a creative search for the artist Dilorom Mamedova. From the very beginning of her creative development Dilorom has found subjects for her paintings in the ordinary things of the Uzbek family everyday life. Simple unpretentious things, such as clay jugs, ancient copper kumgan or plates are transformed under Dilorom's brush into fanciful ornaments. In these bright colourful fireworks paint, form. colour and composition. more
Adventure tourism in Uzbekistan
Think of Uzbekistan as a travel destination and with certainty, what springs to mind are the images of Uzbekistan's trade-mark splendid monumental Islamic architecture. Though visited yearly by thousands of culture seekers from all over the world, Uzbekistan has been able to preserve its feel of a little known destination. Visitors, be it that they are individuals or groups, spread out nicely and one never feels the country is overrun by tourism. more
Sundials and ancient agricultural cult in the valley of Bakhmal
Boghara agriculture, due to which inhabitants of Uzbekistan supply themselves with grain and fruits, probably had originated at the foothills of Pamirs and Tien Shan earlier than the first settlement and cities-states in the oasis of Baktria and Sogdiana appeared. The word «boghara» itself originated from the Persian «behar» or «bahor'that means «spring», since arable lands and orchards at the clay foot hills were irrigated only by the spring rains and streams, i.e. sais, flooded in March-April. more
Bookreview: Kazakhstan-Coming of Age
Discovery Recommends:
Edited by Michael Fergus with Janar Jandosova
Stacey International presents the next in its series of comprehensive illustrated country studies and celebrates Kazakhstan's «coming of age», beginning with its place in the world.
Kazakhstan is a nation breaking in upon the consciousness of the world, as it masters the exploitation of its enormous hydrocarbon and mineral resources, and takes on its pivotal role on the map of Euro-Asia. more
The Saks or Scythians

The knowledge of the Saks, who dominated the first millennium ВС in what is today's Kazakhstan, and indeed the entire Steppe west of the Caspian to the Sea of Azov and the Black sea, comes primarily from Greek sources. Herodotus Histories records his personal observations and earlier Persian writings on the Saks. more

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Kayaking and white water rafting:Fann and Pamir mountains
Tajikistan's land area is 93% mountains and the country is rich in water resources. Two of Central Asia's mighty rivers, the Amu Darya (Oxus) and Zerafshan, have their sources in the glaciers of the Pamirs. The country can be viewed as a series of river valleys, with tons of water flowing every second, west to east, into the plains and deserts of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. more
Wheelchair marathons around lake Issyk Kul
When choosing a holiday destination -Kyrgyzstan has much to offer the potential tourist: mountains and scenic landscapes; an unspoilt natural environment which supports a rich wildlife, both fauna and flora; historical connections with the Great Silk Road, the Soviet and many great historical figures; a rich culture drawing on the traditional nomadic lifestyle of Kyrgyz shepherds, mingled with that of their neighbours who have settled this diverse country. more
Journey along the ancient Kyrgyz Silk Road
A convoy of Chinese trucks heave their goods slowly up the narrow passes as they traverse the Kyrgyz Tien Shan mountains. They are laden with cheap Chinese goods and are heading west, spurred on by plumes of black smoke billowing out of the exhaust. more
Karakol is at the eastern end of Lake Issyk Kul. The largest town and the administration center of the Issyk Kul province, the town was founded by Russian settlers in the 1869. The name translates as «black hand» more
Kurak: We are Rich in our past
The milestones of the transition period following the fall of the USSR, were especially difficult for Kyrgyz women, who had got used to social stability but suddenly found themselves out of work and unclaimed. But the advancing tide of history and the thirst to survive and create were much stronger than admitting defeat and accepting a life of obscurity. more
Arslan Bob
"The Royal Woods" of Southern Kyrgyzstan.
In the Djalal-Abad region of Southern Kyrgyzstan lie the walnut groves of Arslan Bob.
Arslan Bob is said to be named after an 11th century hero who met his death nearby betrayed by his wife to his enemies. His footprints, handprints and bloodstains are said to be still visible at the spot. more
The Pillage of Afghan Heritage
The wholesale destruction of Afghanistan's cultural heritage has gone virtually unnoticed. By Tim Judah in Ai Khanoum, northern Afghanistan Peering through his binoculars General Atiqullah Baryalai directed tank fire from the great natural escarpment of Ai Khanoum. more
The Imam Mosque of Esfahan
The Imam Mosque of Esfahan is one of the everlasting masterpieces of architecture in Iran and all over the world. It is regarded as one of the religious and national glories of the country being registered as a cultural remain, together with the complex of Naqsh-e Jahan square, by UNESCO. This mosque has been constructed during the Safavid period, in 1611, and its splendor is mainly because of the beauty of its seven-color mosaic tiles and valuable inscriptions. more
Impressions of Zoroastriansism on The Old Silk Road
I am standing in the empty atrium of one of Central Asia's largest mosques built as late as 1994 by the French company Bouygues. It is another profligate project of the president of Turkmenistan, Turkmenbashi, done in order to prove his country's commitment to Islamic donors. In many ways it does a convincing job until my guide, Oleg, points down to a prayer carpet. At a first glance is seems pretty ordinary, but on closer inspection something startling appears. more
Bookreview: Central Asian Republics
Discovery Recommends:Rafis Abazov is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Harriman Institute of Columbia University, New York. He is the author of three books and numerous research articles on economic and political development in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, and Turkmenistan. more
Bookreview: The Railway
Discovery Recommends:The inhabitants of Gilas, the small town where most of The Railway is set, include Armenians, Chechens, Germans, Jews, Koreans, Kurds, Persians, Russians, Tatars, Ukrainians, a variety of smaller nationalities from Siberia, the Arctic and the Caucasus - and, of course, representatives of all the main nationalities of Central Asia. Gilas is a Noah's Ark of humanity - and a microcosm of the Soviet Union. more
Bookreview: The Silent Steppe

Discovery Recommends:The Silent Steppe of a Kazakh Nomad under Stalin
Mukhamet Shayakmetov
«This an unusual and special book-the fascinating, tragic forgotten story of the Kazakh nomads of Central Asia under Stalin's brutal role» more

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