Silk Route – Central Asia Photo Gallery

I always dreamed of exploring the Silk Road in Central Asia, visiting places that ancient caravans traversed, and sites where the world’s oldest cultures and religions intermingled with each other, such as the Chinese, Indian, Persian, Greek, Roman, etc. I spent nearly two months in the region, but quickly realized it wasn’t going to be enough! Still I saw a lot. Check out the galleries!

Exploring the Silk Road in Central Asia

↑ Ichan Qala, Khiva, Uzbekistan, a region that was famous for its slave traders and barbaric desert nomads, now transformed into a chic tourist complex.

One of my lifelong dreams has been to backpack in Central Asia, on routes that ancient caravans took along the Silk Road, travelling along paths carved through desolate deserts, vast grasslands, and soaring mountains, places where the Western civilizations met the Eastern. Last summer I made it there and spent almost 2 months, travelling through Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan.

The region is geographically very diverse, dotted with architectural sites, and a cultural mishmash of numerous tribes. Overall a fantastic place for photo opportunities.


Countries

Other countries on the Silk Road and the Spice Road: Turkey | Russia | India | Afghanistan | Mongolia | China.


Things to do

Top Silk-Road Highlights

Tour of the big ticket places on the Silk Route, such as Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva, and the Wakhan Corridor.


Aerial Overview

Flying over the region in an airplane, what spectacular sights!


Rural Central Asia

Life in the little villages and nomadic yurts.


Food and Culinary Delights

Central Asia has lots to offer, including delicious food that has influences from China and Persia and India. Check out some of the delicious laghman, plov, kebabs, shashlyk, beshbarmak, kurdak, soups, and salads.

Hiking and Outdoor Adventures

Tons of hiking and outdoor adventure options, particularly in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.


UNESCO World Heritage Sites

The region is dotted with World Heritage inscriptions and I visited a total of seven places (four cities, and three regions).


Urban centers and City Living

Forget silk caravans; how does it feel to travel in Central Asia today?


Places to See

Samarkand

This ancient city is full of larger-than-life technicolour monuments that have been beautifully restored.


Bukhara

Bukhara is one of silk road’s oldest centres of trade, scholarship, culture and religion.


Khiva

This old city of slave traders and caravans is now a chic revitalized site with memorable architecture.

Pamirs and the Wakhan Corridor

The Pamir highway leading up to the Wakhan corridor, travelling between Osh (Kyrgyzstan) and Khorog (Tajikistan).


Capital cities

Tashkent (Uzbekistan), Dushanbe (Tajikistan), Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan), and Almaty (Kazakhstan – former capital city)


Fergana Valley

Shared between Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan, this is the heart of Uzbek culture and home to a number of Kyrgyz and Tajik ethnicity as well.

Author: Priyank

Traveller, musician, blogger, bureaucrat. In that order. I'm very interested in trying new things and my interests are diverse. Food, people, places, technologies - I like them all. Whatever I do, I approach life with optimism and strive to make each day happy and fruitful.

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