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Central Asia takes up a vast space on the map, stretching from Georgia in the west to Kyrgyzstan in the east. The land in between is unlike anywhere else in the world.
Home to spectacular scenery, traditional cultures and historic cities mixed with modern metropolises, the region is beginning to realise its potential as a destination for travellers looking to get off the beaten track.
Here we discuss 10 reasons why your next trip should be to Central Asia.
From shimmering Song Kol Lake in Kyrgyzstan to the mountainous Pamir Highway in Tajikistan and Armenia’s stunning highlands, Central Asia is home to a staggering range of scenery.
Kyrgyzstan is the place to visit to get the most out of this, with rolling hills, lush walnut groves and dazzling lakes, the perfect place to while away some time in a traditional yurt. Hotels and guesthouses are available, but camping is the way to really experience this destination.
The Silk Road is one of the world’s oldest trading routes, stretching from Europe all the way to China. Central Asia is dotted with ancient cities that once revelled in the prosperity of this path.
The Uzbek settlements of Samarkand, Khiva and Bukhara are the most famous, but visitors to the region will be able to explore countless civilizations and can even stay in converted caravanserais – formerly roadside inns where weary traders stopped for a rest.
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