Asia - Central Asia
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Is it possible to get an uzbek visa in Urumqi? I am planning to fly from urumqi to Tashkent and then travel overland into Kyrgystan and then into China. Could anyone advise me on this? Is it possible to get a visa in Uzbekistan for Kyrgystan?....or would it be better to fly from tashkent to Bishek and therefore get the visa on arrival. I am a UK citizen......will i need a LOI for any of this. Any other info much appreciated.
I'm going to Central Asia and to Russia. But I don't want to go straight from Uz to Russia . It's such a long way. From what I have found , the interesting place seemed on the way to Moscow from Tashkent are Turkestan , Atyrau , Astrakhan , Volgograd , and to Moscow. I'd like to have more suggestions about this route. Is the caucacus region worth going but it's a bit out of the way. Or are there some places I didn't mention that I should not missed ?? I'm interested in cultures especially those of ethnic group and muslims. Your suggestions will be very valuable to me.
I try to get a transit visa for Kazakhstan with 2 entries as I will stay first 3 days in KAZ and then travelling through Kyrgyztan and re-enter again to KAZ where I will stay again 3 days. According to a visa-support-company in Germany this is not possible, they said I should apply for a double-entry-tourist visa (which is more expensive and need more paperwork,invitation letter etc.). According to the KAZ embassy's webside in Germany there is a fee for a double-transit visa! So what is correct? Does anybody has experience how the visa issue works in this particular case.
thanks a lot
Sabyrbek`s Guesthouse in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
They are really NASTY.
I washed my backpack and dry it outside in the garden, THE FOLLOWING DAY IT DISSAPPERED!!!
Not just me but other tourists have same bitter experiences;
Seek the `sabyrbek ` on the planet inquiry, the editor himself dislikes that guesthouse!!!!
I DO NOT KNOW WHY <Lonely PLANET> EDITOR WANTED TO ADVERTISE THE GUEST HOUSE THAT THEY DISGUISE??
We are two guys presently staying at Osh Guesthouse (21st May 2007 until 24th or later) (www.oshkg.info) looking for any number of other travelers desiring to do the Pamir Hwy in Tajikistan. We intend to use public transport or shared taxis from Osh to Murghab and from Khorog to Dushanbe. The most scenic, high altitude section from Murghab to Khorog is best done by sharing a Russian 4WD hired at the taxi bazaar in Murghab. Other travelers say this should cost around 450 USD for the vehicle due to the high cost of gasoline in these remote areas. We would like to share the cost and experience with others if interested. Our visas are valid from the 24th May, but we are happy to wait some days in Osh to suit the needs of others if interested. I believe the vehicle may possibly take up to 12 people, however we're keen to find even just 1 or 2 others.
We have not ... more »
Does anybody know how many sums one can expect to get for the USD?
Just wanted to share some information about Kolab (kulyab) in the Vakhsh Valley. This is a nice-ish place to kill some time. The town of Kolab is pretty small, but there is an interesting Mausoleum of Mir Said Ali Hamadoni a 19th century persian historian/writer who died there and also some interesting things to see in the area.
There are 3 hotels - Hotel Khotlan across from the market is a big modern place with excellent rooms with tv / fridge / en suite, but no water when I was there. I managed to negotiate 50 tjs per night. They are installing an ATM in the lobby. There is another hotel above the Orima supermarket farther north along the main street - it supposedly charges $25 for a room. The third place is called Motel Sana (caha) and is behind the Khotlan - I didnt check the prices there.
The market is pretty interesting and there are choikhona / oshkhona on... more »
If you are in Tajikistan and not planning to go to GBAO (for which you need to register before getting the GBAO permit), you may think you can save some money by not registering with OVIR. Afterall, the LP states that it is never checked, right? Well maybe, if you are lucky. I took that gamble and lost big time. Probably if you stay in the main cities you wouldnt have a problem, though.
I was in Kolab in the Vakhsh valley in southern Taj and got stopped by some police to check my passport. They quickly noticed the lack of registration and to make a long story short, 3 days later and $300 poorer, I managed to leave. Ok normally it wouldnt take 3 days, but I got stopped on a Sat after banks were closed, so I had to wait until Monday to pay the fine in the bank. I had to wait an additional day since on Monday, the OVIR officer got called to Dushanbe for an emergency. Norma... more »
Just wanted to share this with any one planning this route. This is the Garm (Rasht) Valley crossing from Jirgital to Daroot Korgon. Maybe this is only a temporary closing as it seems has happened in the past, but if you plan to go make sure you get reliable information first - probably a tourist agency would be the best source. I relied on the word of the Kyrgyz consel in Dushanbe that it was open. It is in fact open to Tajik and Kyrgyz travellers, so this creates the confusion. Everyone I asked naturally said it was open.
I almost thought I would get through since the chief of the border guard asked me for some money to let me pass. I wouldnt normally do this, but since my Tajik visa and Kyrgyz transit visa and my Chinese visa were all due to expire in a few days, I desperately wanted through. I gave him $50 and passed on to the next stage where they stamp the passport... more »
Is it really a horse riding paradise? Im in Laos now, slowly heading to Kazakhstan through China and on my way are absolutely almost no horse riding opportunities or if so really rare and the horses are small. I heard that I could do my favourite sport in Kazakhstan and horses are big and good for riding. Is it true? If so are there any places where I should go first? Thx
My girlfriend an I are hoping to fly from Delhi to Bishkek in early September. We've been unable to contact Kyrgyzstan Airlines in Delhi, and none of the travl agents we've contacted seem to deal with them (KA). Does anyone know how we might be able to contact KA and book with them? If we don't have any luck we will try to buy our tickets when we arrive in Delhi in mid-August; is it likely that tickets will be available for such flights so close to the departure date? We are in New Zealand now.
Thanks for your help!
Hello Thorn Tree!
I'm trying to plan a trip from Moscow through C.A to China then along the KKH to Pakistan and India. I've been unable to find any information on the price of the train ticket from Moscow to Bishkek. I'm looking for the cheapest possible fare. Wondered if anyone out there has any info.
We are taking the train (no.6) from Russia to Tashkent this summer - and we need to put the names of the border crossings between russia and kazakhstan and then from kazakhstan to Uzbekistan on the visa applications - can any one help?
i've been looking all over the place and seem to get conflicting information. Does anyone know the current state of play? I'm pedalling my way towards the city from London and would like any information about prices of any accomodation. I've seen the name Valentina's mentioned in various threads but cannot trace what exactly it refers to. I'm taking a holiday from my cycling in Almaty while a loved one joins me for a week so i'm looking for anywhere where i can relax and not pay too much.
any info is much appreciated
Does anyone know if it's possible to get a GBAO permit in Bishkek? I have my Tajik visa and will be entering Tajik from Kyrgyz at Sary tash. Getting the permit in Dushanbe is no help. The Tajik consulate in Delhi told me i would be able to get the permit in Bishkek. He also said it was possible in Islamabad, but it's clearly not. Any helpers?
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