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Sauran

If you make it to Turkistan, there is no sense missing Sauran. While the old Silk Road City is mostly gone, its wall, still standing, certainly makes the place evocative. And it is only about an hour out of town, anyway. As you can see from looking at the map below, there are lots of […]

Turkistan, From Bishkek

You need a long weekend to visit Turkistan.  In fact, a four day weekend would be ideal.  And spring or fall would be best, as summer is going to be very hot. Turkistan, lying in South-Central Kazakhstan, is one of the major silk road cities.  Not too far from Samarkand, it is no surprise that […]

Aysha Bibi and Babazhi Katun Mausoleums

This is a relatively short trip into Kazakhstan from Bishkek, but would make a challenging day-trip.  It is probably better thought-of as a stopping point on the way to Turkestan or Tashkent.  The mausoleums are about five hours from Bishkek (including border formalities to get into Kazakhstan – your wasted time may vary). According to […]