9 Breathtaking Locations in Central Asia

Posted on June 2016 by Admin   |   Filed under Travelling in AsiaComments (7)

All these countries share a typical legacy of nomadic heritages tied to the famous Silk Road that covers throughout them.

From Registan Square to the remarkable Charyn Canyon, here are nine destinations that are not to be missed out on:

1. Iskanderkul, Tajikistan

Found at 7,201 feet above sea level in the Fann Mountains of Tajikistan, Iskanderkul is a beautiful turquoise-hued alpine lake. It was named in honor of Alexander the Great, reports Mother Nature Network, with Iskandar being Farsi for Alexander. There is nearly no water life in the lake because of the high concentration of minerals in the water.

2. Itchan Kala, Uzbekistan

With a history spanning over 2000 years, Itchan Kala, the inner town of the Khiva sanctuary, is located on the Amu Darya River in Uzbekistan and was as soon as the last resting place for caravans before crossing the desert into Persia. Today, this walled city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the best-preserved examples of Muslim architecture in Central Asia.

3. Lake Kaindy, Kazakhstan

Found in the Tien Shan mountains of Kazakhstan, Lake Kaindy is a shimmering blue-green lake featuring a spooky sunken forest. An enormous limestone landslide, set off by the 1911 Kebin earthquake, blocked the canyon and formed a natural dam, which filled with rainwater and created the lake. Today, the water in Lake Kaindy is apparently so cold that the foliage remains on the sunken trees, after 100 years.

4. Burana Tower, Kyrgyzstan

The Burana Tower in Kyrgyzstan’s Chuy Valley is one of the nation’s crucial landmarks. Set versus a stunning mountain backdrop, the site was completed in the 11th century and consists of not just the tower, however likewise a number of tombs, castle ruins and mausoleums. The turret has actually been damaged by numerous earthquakes over its history, so it is much shorter than it utilized to be.

5. Pamir Highway, Tajikistan

Starting in Afghanistan and ending in Kyrgyzstan, the Pamir Highway is a picturesque, remote historical roadway that traverses the Pamir Mountains of Tajikisitan. It was when a vital link along the ancient Silk Road, however today, tourists making the journey have the possibility to see yaks or perhaps a rare herd of Marco Polo sheep along the method.

6. Door to Hell, Turkmenistan

Found in the gas field of Derweze in Turkmenistan, the Door to Hell is a natural gas fire in a 230 feet-wide pit that has actually been constantly burning since it was lit by Soviet petrochemical researchers in 1971. The fire has actually become a popular tourist destination in recent years, bring in approximately 12,000 15,000 visitors a year.

7. Charyn Canyon, Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan s vibrant Charyn Canyon is a lovely canyon that covers over 50 miles and lies in the Charyn National Park, near the Chinese Border. The canyon is understood for its Valley of Castles, where a series of awesome rock formations can be discovered along the 330 feet deep valley.

8. Registan Square, Uzbekistan

Located in the heart of the ancient city of Samarkand, Registan Square is a magnificent example of medieval architecture built in the late 14th century. Located in a city that was on the silk road, the Registan was a public square and the structures surrounding it were constructed by craftsmen and builders from throughout the empire, reports The Guardian.

9. Greater Kyz Kala, Turkmenistan

Located along the popular Silk Road, Greater Kyz Kala is an interesting fortress-like structure in the ancient sanctuary city of Merv. There are also a number of other unspoiled archeological ruins in this city, all thought to have been integrated in the 8th and ninth centuries.

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