Closing date: 17 Apr 2019
The mystique of the Silk Road feels alive in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan – two countries whose names conjure images of rolling mountains, nomadic herders and open plains. It’s a part of the world the experts at Dragoman can help you unravel, with a chance to win two seats on their 16-day Mountain Kingdoms of Kyrgyzstan tour.
You’ll begin in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan’s capital, where Soviet-era architecture stands in the shadows of the Tien Shan mountains. After exploring the Osh Bazaar market, full of spices the colour of autumn leaves, continue on to Ala Archa National Park where wild camping, hiking and horse riding await.
The next week is spent touring Kyrgyzstan’s landscapes – gorges dotted with juniper bushes; glacial lakes as smooth as mirrors. Nights can be spent in family-run guesthouses and traditional yurts, alongside the shepherds who call the hills their home. You can visit the red sandstone cliffs of the Jeti Oguz Valley, and the petroglyphs of Cholpon Ata. You’ll reach the remote village of Kochkor, where an eagle hunter – one of Kyrgyzstan’s oldest traditions – will demonstrate their skills.
From there, you’ll embark on the road trip through the Fergana Valley into Uzbekistan. Dominated by rolling hills, the region’s home to the 19th-century Palace of Khudayar Khan, covered in colourful mosaics. This is also where you can discover the silk weaving history that helped give the Silk Road its name. Finally, in Uzbekistan’s capital, Tashkent, an Imperial Russian-style cabaret will finish your trip with a musical bang.
Dragoman are the acknowledged masters of overland adventures. Their trips range from from 9 days on the road up to an epic 235 days, and their itineraries cover 55 countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas. For 40 years their goal’s been to get off the beaten track and under the skin of the places they visit, mixing with the locals and learning about the culture and history they find – and the cities, villages, plains and hills of Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan are the ideal wild destinations to discover this for yourself.
Dragoman are offering two places on their 16-day group tour through Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, including a £500 voucher to use on return flights. For a chance to win, just answer the following question:
What is the popular Kyrgyz drink ‘Kumys’ made from?
a) Goat’s cheese
b) Fermented mare’s milk
c) Green tea
Or send your answer to the Wanderlust office (Wanderlust Publications Ltd, 1 Leworth Pl, Windsor, SL4 1EB) and state ‘more info’ if you want to be contacted by Wanderlust and Dragoman Overseas Travel Ltd. The closing date is 17 April 2019.
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