Train travel from Moscow to Urgench.

The train rolled through an arid featureless countryside. The monotonous views did not invite us to look out window. There was no need, no time for it anyway. The real buzz, the real action was inside the carriages. Train travel in Central Asia is not about looking at the views, it is about socializing withContinue reading “Train travel from Moscow to Urgench.”

Uzbekistan: Week long trek in Nuratau Mountains.

Where would you go, if you wanted to trek in unspoiled terrain, sleep in local houses, eat homegrown fresh food and best of all have no internet for a week? Nuratau Mountains in Uzbekistan is your destination. Walking with our guide day after day and staying in local houses was a true immersion into localContinue reading “Uzbekistan: Week long trek in Nuratau Mountains.”

Uzbekistan: Khiva and Bukhara

Silk Road and Central Asia countries were on my radar since my early twenties. So, when I learned about Uzbekistan abolishing tourist visas, I knew this is the time! The places to visit were Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand. I was very keen to add some trekking too. It was less popular idea and I must sayContinue reading “Uzbekistan: Khiva and Bukhara”