Many centuries ago, an ancient ocean swallowed the arid canyons and plains of Mangistau. Today, the fossilised remains of sharks and sea urchins are imprinted in this region’s cliff faces, plateaus and low-lying salt pans.
Do you want to travel to Georgia by train? In anything from two days to two weeks, you can travel from London to Georgia – land of the supra, amber wine and a certain golden fleece – by a combination of rail and ferry.
This wild, inhospitable territory provided welcome refuge to a people hardened by centuries of abuses and forced into flight, its freezing winters and treacherous passes discouraging conquest and punishing intruders.
Compared with the rugged enormity of the Pamirs there is something peaceful, almost friendly, about the Fanns; they seem to protect rather than dominate the small villages that lie beneath them.
This June, octogenarian travellers Dennis and Eileen Southern enjoyed a tailor-made trip to Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, spending about a week in each country.
A collection of Silk Road titles inspired by the late great Peter Hopkirk, a family friend of one of our company directors.
Dust, and the smell of dust, is everywhere. It defines every crease and seam of my riding gear like a monochrome relief map of the mountains we are riding, my boots and gloves are white rimed with it and my face a grimy mask of the stuff.
Starting at the outflow into the remnants of the Aral Sea, a small group of hardy travellers followed this epic river thorugh Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Afghanistan.
We did have a load of blog posts, covering all sorts of things and stretching back several years. But a glitch in the matrix has meant that everything got deleted by some horrid online gremlin, and so we are starting afresh.