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I’d like to ask for suggestions about places & estimated time to do part of the Silk Road overland (buses-trains) between Tashkent and Dunhuang (China).
The plan is to start in Tashkent to get visa on arrival and end up in Dunhuang before flying back from Beijing or somewhere else in China. Do you reckon about 30 to 35 days is reasonable for the journey?
So far, the idea is to:
1. Arrive in Tashkent
2. Visit Samarkand, Bukhara and eventually Khiva (is it worthy to do the 3 cities or too much of the same?)
3. Backtrack to Tashkent and move to Bishek
6. Move to Urumqui and quickly continue to Turpan
8.Train or flight to Beijing and then home
Any suggestion will be much appreciated!
Thanks a lot!
We are 2 adults traveling from Turkey through Iran then through the Stans ( about September )to Kashgar.We have been told 3 things:
1. we need a guide with us in the car in Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan 2. Also that we need to make bookings for places foe every night in advance and we cannot just drive and then decide when we arrive in the town or city 3. We need signed slips from each place when we get to the border.
Please can some one help who would know if this is correct, all 3 facts? Thank you to all .
We're back from a fabulous 2 weeks in Uzbekistan. We did the main loop Tashkent, Samarkand (day trips to Orgut and Shahrisabz), Bukhara and Khiva. 3 weeks would have been perfect :-(
$1 = 2,800 soms
€1 = 3,500 soms
Taxi from Airport to Chorsu - $10 max. Infact, on the way back we paid $5 or 15,000 soms.
Make sure you have small denomination bills.
We took a lot of taxis on this trip and always offered 50% less than what the driver asked for. We often ended up paying just a touch more.
Most hotels accept soms and charge the $room rate at the official conversion of 2,068. This means a saving of atleast 30%. B&B's and Guesthouses only accept payment in $'s and if accepting soms use the unofficial rate. We found B&B's in general did not offer value for money.
There is no post-box at the airport. If you have leftover soms buy whatever you want bef... more »
We are two people currently in Uzbekistan and arriving in Urgench on the 16th of May. From there we have 8 days to plan a trip to the South Aral Sea. From what I hear in country people have trouble organizing a full vehicle in Nukus. Would anyone want to join us?
We are fairly flexible.
Also from word of mouth in Uzbekistan the tours end up costing around 170$ with a full vehicle of 4. Someone told me about a piece of the Aral sea looking like a mini grand canyon. Has anyone seen this? I am curious because the budget "lada" vehicle tour listed in Lonely Planet seems to not go there.
Would it be easier to arrange a trip to the shore from Moynaq? read: easier and cheaper.
170$ for a 1 or 2 night tour seems very pricey to me.
I am traveling with my film camera (Minolta X700) and it is not working today, I am in Tashkent right now.
I think it's because of some mechanical problems, does anyone know where can I find someone to fix it in Tashkent??
Ps. Tasheknt is so beautiful I really want to take some pictures...
I'm doing an trip around Kyrgyzstan & Uzbekistan in Ocotober.
I finish in Tashkent and have one night there. Is it worth staying an extra day or so to see more of Tashkent, or save the extra day off from work for another trip/holiday?
E.g. I looking at possible trips to Addis Adaba, Beirut, or Moscow, and would it be better to spenf the extra day there or in Tashkent.
Is someone coming to Ferghana city, does someone want to know about interesting places and free accomadation with national food? Does someone want to make friend in Ferghana/ , please write to me, I'm from Ferghana city and Iet's try to solve any problems you have about travelling around the city.
I'm going to be in Tashkent for two weeks from next week, and as the hotels are so universally expensive and average, I'd like to rent my own place if this is possible. Does anyone know about this? Ideally they'd be able to arrange registration as well, but if not, I can probably sort it out through some contacts.
Online all I can find are a couple of crazy sounding people on airbnb and this one, http://www.apartment.sk.uz/, which sounds ideal, but none of the contact emails work and there's no number, so I guess they've gone out of business. I speak Russian, so communication shouldn't be a problem.
Many thanks for any help you can offer.
We ( a couple) are looking to share in an Aral Sea tour, from Nukus making a clockwise loop (Kungrad, Sudochie Lake, and returning via Moynaq) camping for 1 (possibly 2) night(s). The price would about 600$ for everything. Would be great to share the costs and see what is left of the South Aral Sea before it is gone forever! Dates are flexible, as we will be about 15 days in UZ in total... thanks! roch
I read in many threads that it´best to bring cash USD or EUR and that often ATM ´s don´t work.
As many other travellers we are not keen on taking money for 3 weeks and a whole family in cash with us.
How is it about withdrawing money inside a bank- anybody has tried this?
Would be happy to read your experiences.
Arriving Urgench on Tuesday 30th Apr around noon with the train from Tashkent. If anyone is interested in going to Aral I would be happy to share transport...
Please let me know urgently... with instructions on where to meet you.
Edited by: straydog
I am planning to trevel from Russia to Tashkent by train via Kazakhstan. The train is scheduled to stay 2h al the Kazakh border station at Sary Agach and 1h at theUzbek border station at Keles. As it is only about 25km from Sary Agach to Tashkent, it could be faster to take a bus or taxi from Sary Agach railway station to the highway border post near Zhibek Zholy, cross the border on foot and take an other bus / taxi to Taskent? Is it doable and / or advisable?
Just a quick note to warn you about my experience. I have a flight to catch in 1 hour from CDG, Paris and I've received emails from Tashkent and Boukhara cancelling my reservations. These bookings were made and confirmed in late March. The Grand Orzu Tashkent and The Amelia Boukhara are the offenders.
Not looking forward to this trip at all!
I'm traveling to Uzbekistan this summer, and a friend is keen to join for a week or so. She works in Germany but has an Indian passport. Stantours who's arranging my LOI for Uzbekistan said that things are all different for Indian citizens when it comes to getting Uzbek visas.
Has anyone got any experience of requirements / delays / success or otherwise when getting a tourist visa to Uzbekistan holding an Indian passport?
Edited by: josef_sv
Very confused about what to wear in Uzbekistan and what kind of footwear to carry. I'll be arriving next week for 2 weeks.
Weather.com shows temperatures range from 18 - 8. Look forward to advise from locals or travellers currently in the country.
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