Kyrgyzstan is a beautiful country in Central Asia. It has a diverse and stunning mountain landscape, a 2000-year-old nomadic history and is inhabited by hospitable people from varying ethnicities. Overall it’s around five times larger than Switzerland, yet with a population of only around 6 million people. About 90% of Kyrgyz territory lies above 1500 meters and the climate is continental, with very cold winters and hot summers.
Turkmenistan’s modern capital Ashgabat (‘the city of love’) welcomes visitors with a very unique architectural style that appears to be blend of science fiction and Romanesque marble! The city is dotted with impressive monuments, and tremendous fountains. The country’s landscape is characterized by beautiful sandy deserts and oases. In the middle of the Karakum desert at Darvaza lies the burning crater, also known as ‘the gate of hell’.
Travelling through Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan, you will easily notice a variety of different ornaments. depicted on all sorts of souvenirs, company logos, house facades, carpets, curtains, traditional clothes, etc. Ornaments are national symbols.
Depending on where you travel in Central Asia, your packing list can be slightly different. For example, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan are very hot in the summer and temperatures can get to 40°C with practically no rain. If you go to the high mountainous regions of Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Kazakhstan, it can get quite cold.
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