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Posts Tagged ‘Central Asia’

Cycling in the High Passes of Georgia

  • Ia Kverghelidze
  • 27 January 2011

This unprecedented and challenging trip is led by none other than Jumber Lezhava, a bicycle world traveller, multiple Guinness World Record holder and UNESCO World Sportsman and Citizen. Lezhava has put together an ideal route for visiting cyclists. Time on tough roads is combined with visits to cultural and historic sites, and opportunities to meet the locals in isolated, mountainous villages.

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A Glimpse of the Colourful and Legendary Festivals of Bhutan

  • Vishal Pradhan
  • 26 January 2011

Myth, belief and festivals are some of Bhutan’s most defining characteristics. Excitingly, they all find common expression in the country’s huge and extraordinary religious occasions, powerful celebratory times of elaborate costumes and social get-togethers that combine prayer and fun. Learn a little about Tshechu, the Cave of the Gomphu Kora and the circumambulation at Chorten Kora.

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Photo of the Week: Delicacies of the Tashkent Bazaar, Uzbekistan

  • Valeriy Bukharov (Photo) Alexei Bukharov (Text)
  • 19 September 2010

There are several big bazaars in the city and most of them still function just the way they did hundreds of years ago, although, of course, they pay proper attention to sanitation and food safety. Traditionally, bazaars are not only the place to buy food, but also, and more importantly, to socialise, hear the latest news and bargain vigorously.

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Floods Cripple Pakistan

  • Luke Ford
  • 21 August 2010

Flooding triggered by exceptionally heavy monsoon rains has claimed the lives of more than 1,500 people in Pakistan during the last three weeks. A country already deeply troubled by ongoing violence and political unrest, Pakistan must now deal with the anguish of up to 20 million people affected by high waters that have washed away crops and destroyed entire villages. More than 4 million people are without homes and up to 3.5 million children are living under the constant threat of water-borne illnesses.

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Photo of the Week: A Warm Smile from an Elder in Uzbekistan

  • Nabikhan Utarbekov (photo), Lyudmila Vafaeva (text)
  • 4 April 2010

Uzbekistan is valued for many things, but its most precious treasures are its historical heritage, rich culture and, of course, its people. The cordiality and hospitality possessed by local citizens make acquaintance with them an unforgettable experience for people in Uzbekistan who have come from abroad.

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Inside Uzbekistan: Samarkand, Khiva and Bukhara

  • whl.travel
  • 3 March 2009

Exploring Uzbekistan is like leafing through the pages of an Eastern fairytale. During your journey you come across ancient fortresses, emirs’ palaces, tall minarets, noisy bazaars, fragrant cuisine and myriads of legends. But beyond some of the more better-known highlights there are distinctive aspects of each place that should not be overlooked.

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E-Commerce Arrives in an Ancient City – Samarkand!

  • whl.travel
  • 27 January 2009

THIS ARTICLE IS AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH AND RUSSIAN. One of the latest additions to the whl.travel network is Samarkand, Uzbekistan, a destination that, in contrast with some of its ancient sister-city counterparts, is rather unvisited by today’s Western traveller. It has been considered by poets and historians as the “Rome of the East” owing to its impressive cultural history and numerous ancient sites.

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