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A cafe with a highly limited selection of food and drink but an exceptional view over the Po-I-Kalan religious complex. Widely known as the place in Bukhara to have a beer and watch the sunset.

#bukhara #silkroad #centralasia #uzbekistan
A cafe with a highly limited selection of food and drink but an exceptional view over the Po-I-Kalan religious complex. Widely known as the place in Bukhara to have a beer and watch the sunset. #bukhara  #silkroad  #centralasia  #uzbekistan 
The Magok-i-Attari Mosque, Bukhara’s oldest mosque and one of the oldest surviving mosques in Central Asia, it is speculated to have originally been built in the 9-10th century on the remains of a Zoroastrian temple from the pre-Islamic era. It is located at a subsoil level in a pit (Magok) and apparently survived destruction during Genghis Khan’s conquest, when locals filled the pit with sand, obscuring the mosque from the invaders. It was subsequently excavated.

#uzbekistan #bukhara #centralasia #silkroad
The Magok-i-Attari Mosque, Bukhara’s oldest mosque and one of the oldest surviving mosques in Central Asia, it is speculated to have originally been built in the 9-10th century on the remains of a Zoroastrian temple from the pre-Islamic era. It is located at a subsoil level in a pit (Magok) and apparently survived destruction during Genghis Khan’s conquest, when locals filled the pit with sand, obscuring the mosque from the invaders. It was subsequently excavated. #uzbekistan  #bukhara  #centralasia  #silkroad 
Old Bukharan clothes, shoes, accessories and hand cannons. Also a Hamsa hand - a symbol found across cultures and religions, and found in several places in Bukhara - in the Islamic context supposedly representing the 5 pillars of Islam.

#bukhara #silkroad #centralasia #uzbekistan
Old Bukharan clothes, shoes, accessories and hand cannons. Also a Hamsa hand - a symbol found across cultures and religions, and found in several places in Bukhara - in the Islamic context supposedly representing the 5 pillars of Islam. #bukhara  #silkroad  #centralasia  #uzbekistan 
Muqan is a retired history teacher and school principal in Kyrgyzstan. He was raised during the Soviet era and attended a Soviet-run university. Muqan credits the Soviets for their strong emphasis on education which has continued under the independent Kyrgyz Republic. Literacy rates in Kyrgyzstan are estimated to be almost 99%.
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Amongst his generation, he explained, there is some nostalgia for the Soviet era. Many people lost their jobs and pensions when the Soviet Union fell and this placed a great burden on some who struggled to make ends meet.
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In the photo Muqan wears a Kalpak, a traditional Kyrgyz felt hat worn by men. Felt-making is a widespread craft in Kyrgyzstan. Wool is sheared from the herds of sheep and the woolen fibers are then condensed and pressed together to make a felt sheet. Felt has many uses in the nomadic lifestyle including the lining of yurts to keep the interior space warm. It was a necessity for nomads in Kyrgyzstan during the extreme winter months in this mountainous country.
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Muqan is a retired history teacher and school principal in Kyrgyzstan. He was raised during the Soviet era and attended a Soviet-run university. Muqan credits the Soviets for their strong emphasis on education which has continued under the independent Kyrgyz Republic. Literacy rates in Kyrgyzstan are estimated to be almost 99%. . Amongst his generation, he explained, there is some nostalgia for the Soviet era. Many people lost their jobs and pensions when the Soviet Union fell and this placed a great burden on some who struggled to make ends meet. . In the photo Muqan wears a Kalpak, a traditional Kyrgyz felt hat worn by men. Felt-making is a widespread craft in Kyrgyzstan. Wool is sheared from the herds of sheep and the woolen fibers are then condensed and pressed together to make a felt sheet. Felt has many uses in the nomadic lifestyle including the lining of yurts to keep the interior space warm. It was a necessity for nomads in Kyrgyzstan during the extreme winter months in this mountainous country. . . . . . #myfeatureshoot  #photojournalism  #portraiture  #magnumphotos  #natgeoyourshot  #natgeotravel  #portraiture  #lensculture  #hikaricreative  #leica  #leicacamera  #worldpressphoto  #kyrgyzstan  #centralasia  #silkroad  #travelholic  #passionpassport  #spicollective  #portraitmood  #portrait_perfection  #portraits_ig  #soviet  #sovietunion  #discoverportrait  #leicam  #leicam10  #leicaphoto  #travelingram  #mytravelgram  #journalism 
Uzbek cotton.

During the soviet period, Uzbekistan’s rich agricultural land was converted almost entirely to produce cotton (affectionately nicknamed ‘White Gold’), resulting in Uzbekistan accounting for 70% of all Soviet cotton production.

However, given the labour intensity of the crop and the need to sustain production - over one million public servants, employees of private businesses and children were forced to work in the fields at harvest time, receiving little or no pay. Additionally, the unsustainably high water consumption of the cotton industry resulted in the complete draining of the Aral sea, an ecological catastrophe that saw vast desertification in western Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, the loss of its fishing industry, and has left many fishing boats laying in decay in the middle of the desert.

In response to international pressure and the boycotting of Uzbek cotton by many retailers, in early 2012, Uzbek Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyoyev banned children from working in the cotton fields. However, many professionals including teachers, college lecturers, doctors and nurses are still forced into agricultural labour. 
With the collapse of the USSR, agricultural and economic diversification was vital for food security and to expand commercial exports. 
#uzbekistan #silkroad #centralasia #cotton
Uzbek cotton. During the soviet period, Uzbekistan’s rich agricultural land was converted almost entirely to produce cotton (affectionately nicknamed ‘White Gold’), resulting in Uzbekistan accounting for 70% of all Soviet cotton production. However, given the labour intensity of the crop and the need to sustain production - over one million public servants, employees of private businesses and children were forced to work in the fields at harvest time, receiving little or no pay. Additionally, the unsustainably high water consumption of the cotton industry resulted in the complete draining of the Aral sea, an ecological catastrophe that saw vast desertification in western Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, the loss of its fishing industry, and has left many fishing boats laying in decay in the middle of the desert. In response to international pressure and the boycotting of Uzbek cotton by many retailers, in early 2012, Uzbek Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyoyev banned children from working in the cotton fields. However, many professionals including teachers, college lecturers, doctors and nurses are still forced into agricultural labour. With the collapse of the USSR, agricultural and economic diversification was vital for food security and to expand commercial exports. #uzbekistan  #silkroad  #centralasia  #cotton 
Bukhara’s historic jail, and it’s local restoration work. Here was imprisoned Charles Stoddart and Arthur Connolly, the latter of whom coined the term ‘the great game’ in relation to the struggle between Britain and Russia over control of Central Asia in the 19th Century (the great game is of course still at play). He met his demise when he came to try and persuade the Emir of Bukhara, Nasrullah Khan to release Lieutenant Colonel Charles Stoddart from captivity. Both were executed on charges of spying for the British empire in front of the Ark fortress (in my previous posts). Supposedly in their ignorance to local customs surrounding approaching and addressing the emir, both men had demonstrated great disrespect. 
Unaware of their execution, and seeking news of the two officers, a Jewish Christian Missionary, Joseph Wolff later appeared before the Emir. He was only spared death himself because the Emir laughed uncontrollably at Wolff's appearance in full canonical garb.

#bukhara #uzbekistan #silkroad #centralasia
Bukhara’s historic jail, and it’s local restoration work. Here was imprisoned Charles Stoddart and Arthur Connolly, the latter of whom coined the term ‘the great game’ in relation to the struggle between Britain and Russia over control of Central Asia in the 19th Century (the great game is of course still at play). He met his demise when he came to try and persuade the Emir of Bukhara, Nasrullah Khan to release Lieutenant Colonel Charles Stoddart from captivity. Both were executed on charges of spying for the British empire in front of the Ark fortress (in my previous posts). Supposedly in their ignorance to local customs surrounding approaching and addressing the emir, both men had demonstrated great disrespect. Unaware of their execution, and seeking news of the two officers, a Jewish Christian Missionary, Joseph Wolff later appeared before the Emir. He was only spared death himself because the Emir laughed uncontrollably at Wolff's appearance in full canonical garb. #bukhara  #uzbekistan  #silkroad  #centralasia 
Behind the Kalan mosque, Bukhara.

Note the Western Union and currency exchange signs - Uzbekistan is a nightmare with regard to money, nearly everything is cash only, only a few ATMs work, but you can change USD wherever you want - provided you have it (and provided that the notes are in good condition or expect a significantly worse rate of exchange). Once you have Uzbek Som, be prepared to carry a purse - one USD is worth 8,000UZS, and when changing $150, I was given over 1 million Som. Also expect to be dealing with 1,000 som notes - once, lacking larger denominations, I paid for a 6 hour shared taxi fare with 70 individual 1,000 som notes. Surreal experience, but interesting nonetheless.

#uzbekistan #silkroad #centralasia #bukhara
Behind the Kalan mosque, Bukhara. Note the Western Union and currency exchange signs - Uzbekistan is a nightmare with regard to money, nearly everything is cash only, only a few ATMs work, but you can change USD wherever you want - provided you have it (and provided that the notes are in good condition or expect a significantly worse rate of exchange). Once you have Uzbek Som, be prepared to carry a purse - one USD is worth 8,000UZS, and when changing $150, I was given over 1 million Som. Also expect to be dealing with 1,000 som notes - once, lacking larger denominations, I paid for a 6 hour shared taxi fare with 70 individual 1,000 som notes. Surreal experience, but interesting nonetheless. #uzbekistan  #silkroad  #centralasia  #bukhara 
The view from Uchitel Peak ( 4535m ). The temperature was almost -30°C. Tian Shan has really rogue rock formation there. Such a harsh day ever.

#kyrgyzstan #tianshan #centralasia #mountaineering #alpinism
Evening light casting shadows on the outer walls of The Ark.

#uzbekistan #silkroad #centralasia #bukhara
Wandering around the interior of Bukhara’s fortress and historic seat of power. It once contained a great library which now no longer exists. In the large throne room would sit the emir of Bukhara - the last being Emir Mohammed Alim Khan, who fled to Dushanbe, and then Kabul following Frunze’s soviet attack on the city.

#uzbekistan #bukhara #silkroad #centralasia
Wandering around the interior of Bukhara’s fortress and historic seat of power. It once contained a great library which now no longer exists. In the large throne room would sit the emir of Bukhara - the last being Emir Mohammed Alim Khan, who fled to Dushanbe, and then Kabul following Frunze’s soviet attack on the city. #uzbekistan  #bukhara  #silkroad  #centralasia 
A 12-hour drive from Khorog to Dushanbe with the views like this 🚐 #tajikistan #pamirhighway #centralasia
The walls and gate of Bukhara’s Ark.

#uzbekistan #silkroad #centralasia #bukhara
Driving along the Tajik-Afghan border through the surrealist Wakhan Corridor ⛰#tajikistan #pamirhighway #centralasia
beautiful Hindu Kush mountains in the distance🏔#tajikistan #pamirhighway #centralasia
at the border I see the patroller cruising past in their car hiding in my toyota corolla everybody say Y.A.L.A. 
#tajikistan #pamirhighway #centralasia
The famous walls of Bukhara’s fortress - named ‘The Ark’. The Ark is thought to date back to the 5th century AD, but has been damaged or destroyed and restored several times throughout history - most recently in its bombing by Soviet Commander Mikhail Frunze during the battle of Bukhara in 1920.

#uzbekistan #silkroad #centralasia #bukhara
The famous walls of Bukhara’s fortress - named ‘The Ark’. The Ark is thought to date back to the 5th century AD, but has been damaged or destroyed and restored several times throughout history - most recently in its bombing by Soviet Commander Mikhail Frunze during the battle of Bukhara in 1920. #uzbekistan  #silkroad  #centralasia  #bukhara 
Przed oczami północny Tienszan, a pod stopami 3280 m n.p.m....
#kumbelpeak #3280 #kazakhstan #asia #centralasia #tianshan #tienshan #alatau #trekking #hiking #magic
Восточный хлеб -чурек...свежий и хрустящий...настолько горячий, что держать в руках невозможно ..Eastern bread -churek. So tasty and fresh-right from the market. It's so hot, that you cant hold in on hands... #nostalgia #средняяазия #centralasia #travellingthroughtheworld #travelclub #travelblog #travelbloggers #atalantaworld #traveldeeper #travelphotography #travelpic #goodmornigpost #goodbyesummer #carpet #easternmarket #eastern #market #восточныйбазар
Восточный хлеб -чурек...свежий и хрустящий...настолько горячий, что держать в руках невозможно ..Eastern bread -churek. So tasty and fresh-right from the market. It's so hot, that you cant hold in on hands... #nostalgia  #средняяазия  #centralasia  #travellingthroughtheworld  #travelclub  #travelblog  #travelbloggers  #atalantaworld  #traveldeeper  #travelphotography  #travelpic  #goodmornigpost  #goodbyesummer  #carpet  #easternmarket  #eastern  #market  #восточныйбазар 
The entrance to a Bukharan bazaar.

Appropriately, outside the ancient bazaar entrance is one of the most important consumer products and ubiquitous sights in modern Uzbekistan - the white Chevrolet. 
Today, three #Chevrolet models account for 94% of cars bought in the country, all are compact and white. It is not uncommon to see a road full of one individual model.

It tells an interesting (but long) story about #Uzbekistan’s soviet and post-soviet economy.

During the soviet period, Uzbekistan’s rich agricultural land was converted almost entirely to produce #cotton (affectionately nicknamed ‘White Gold’), resulting in Uzbekistan accounting for 70% of all #Soviet cotton production.

However, given the labour intensity of the crop and the need to sustain production - over one million public servants, employees of private businesses and children were forced to work in the fields at harvest time, receiving little or no pay. Additionally, the unsustainably high water consumption of the cotton industry resulted in the complete draining of the Aral sea, an ecological catastrophe that saw vast desertification in western Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, the loss of its fishing industry, and has left many fishing boats laying in decay in the middle of the desert.

With the collapse of the USSR, agricultural and economic diversification was vital for food security and to expand commercial exports. The focus on cotton production had left other domestic industries utterly underdeveloped. 
Lacking the capital and technological expertise, former President (and leader of the Uzbek SSR) Islam Karimov, gambled by forming GM Uzbekistan, owned 75% by Uzbekistan and 25% by #GM - granting GM an effective monopoly on car sales in exchange for the development of domestic car manufacturing. To protect this nascent industry, the government placed a 150% import tax on imported vehicles - making it exceptionally expensive to license even second hand cars driven in from neighbouring countries. Today, nearly all cars bought in Uzbekistan are one of three domestically produced models, and Uzbekistan exports these GM cars to other neighbouring states.

#silkroad #centralasia
The entrance to a Bukharan bazaar. Appropriately, outside the ancient bazaar entrance is one of the most important consumer products and ubiquitous sights in modern Uzbekistan - the white Chevrolet. Today, three #Chevrolet  models account for 94% of cars bought in the country, all are compact and white. It is not uncommon to see a road full of one individual model. It tells an interesting (but long) story about #Uzbekistan ’s soviet and post-soviet economy. During the soviet period, Uzbekistan’s rich agricultural land was converted almost entirely to produce #cotton  (affectionately nicknamed ‘White Gold’), resulting in Uzbekistan accounting for 70% of all #Soviet  cotton production. However, given the labour intensity of the crop and the need to sustain production - over one million public servants, employees of private businesses and children were forced to work in the fields at harvest time, receiving little or no pay. Additionally, the unsustainably high water consumption of the cotton industry resulted in the complete draining of the Aral sea, an ecological catastrophe that saw vast desertification in western Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, the loss of its fishing industry, and has left many fishing boats laying in decay in the middle of the desert. With the collapse of the USSR, agricultural and economic diversification was vital for food security and to expand commercial exports. The focus on cotton production had left other domestic industries utterly underdeveloped. Lacking the capital and technological expertise, former President (and leader of the Uzbek SSR) Islam Karimov, gambled by forming GM Uzbekistan, owned 75% by Uzbekistan and 25% by #GM  - granting GM an effective monopoly on car sales in exchange for the development of domestic car manufacturing. To protect this nascent industry, the government placed a 150% import tax on imported vehicles - making it exceptionally expensive to license even second hand cars driven in from neighbouring countries. Today, nearly all cars bought in Uzbekistan are one of three domestically produced models, and Uzbekistan exports these GM cars to other neighbouring states. #silkroad  #centralasia 
Минарет был построен в 1127 году (XII век), когда Бухара входила в состав Караханидского государства.
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#Buxoro#Bukhara#Buxara#Buxoro#uzbekistan#узбекистан#бухара#бухоро#labyhouse#labihovuz#labixovuz#бухарцы#хива#mosque#centralasia#travel#instatravel#travelgram#wanderlust #travelphotography
Tian Shan mountain range in Kyrgyzstan. One of the most beautiful places I've been too so far. This is where I did my first solo alpine trek thanks to Soviet Military trails offline maps.

#GOKG #kyrgyzstan #karakol #aksuu  #bishkek #centralasia #passionpassport #discoverkyrgyzstan #discoverasia #sovietera #almaty #tashkent #nomadgames2018 #nomadgames #kyrgyzrepublic #igersmtl #igersmontreal #mtlblogger #travelphotography #backpackerstory #travelblogger #backpackerlife #altynarashan #alakol #alakollake #dordoybazaar #oshbazaar
Tian Shan mountain range in Kyrgyzstan. One of the most beautiful places I've been too so far. This is where I did my first solo alpine trek thanks to Soviet Military trails offline maps. #GOKG  #kyrgyzstan  #karakol  #aksuu  #bishkek  #centralasia  #passionpassport  #discoverkyrgyzstan  #discoverasia  #sovietera  #almaty  #tashkent  #nomadgames2018  #nomadgames  #kyrgyzrepublic  #igersmtl  #igersmontreal  #mtlblogger  #travelphotography  #backpackerstory  #travelblogger  #backpackerlife  #altynarashan  #alakol  #alakollake  #dordoybazaar  #oshbazaar 
Возраст Бухары превышает 2500 лет. С возникновением города связаны различные легенды и предания. В одной из легенд рассказывается, что сын царя Сиявуш прибыл в Бухару, женился на дочери царя Афрасиаба и построил там крепость Арк.🖤.
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#Buxoro#Bukhara#Buxara#Buxoro#uzbekistan#узбекистан#бухара#бухоро#labyhouse#labihovuz#labixovuz#бухарцы#хива#mosque#centralasia#travel#instatravel#travelgram#wanderlust #travelphotography
Возраст Бухары превышает 2500 лет. С возникновением города связаны различные легенды и предания. В одной из легенд рассказывается, что сын царя Сиявуш прибыл в Бухару, женился на дочери царя Афрасиаба и построил там крепость Арк.🖤. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #Buxoro #Bukhara #Buxara #Buxoro #uzbekistan #узбекистан #бухара #бухоро #labyhouse #labihovuz #labixovuz #бухарцы #хива #mosque #centralasia #travel #instatravel #travelgram #wanderlust  #travelphotography 
Stars and Stripes. 
A few days ago in Samarkand. .
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#silkroad #centralasia #uzbekistan
Bronze age petroglyph in Burana - several thousand year #old images of goats and sheep! #kyrgyzstan #petroglyphs #history #prehistoric  #art #centralasia #travelblogger #travelphotography #reiseführer #reiseblogger
I am inspired by architecture; the lines, shapes, space. Especially Islamic architecture. I think so much dance is influenced by these shapes as well as they are also a part of the culture and you see the shapes in the dance. This is inside the Miri-Arab Madrasah that dates back to the early 1500’s and is still acting as a Madrasah which is rare as most of the ancient monuments are purely for tourists. It was one of my favorite sites in Bukhara - totally worth the 40 degree Celsius (about 110 F) weather to trek out and see some of these beauties😊  #centralasia #uzbekistantravels #бухара #bukhara #nayundance #dancearoundtheworld #madrassa #madrasah #dancearchitecture #islamicarchitecture #danceresearch #danceinconversation #Самарканд #Узбекистан #сиабскийбазар #travel #travellingthroughtheworld #silkroad #silkroads #silkroadjourney #silkroaddance #danceethnography #ethnochoreology #worlddance
I am inspired by architecture; the lines, shapes, space. Especially Islamic architecture. I think so much dance is influenced by these shapes as well as they are also a part of the culture and you see the shapes in the dance. This is inside the Miri-Arab Madrasah that dates back to the early 1500’s and is still acting as a Madrasah which is rare as most of the ancient monuments are purely for tourists. It was one of my favorite sites in Bukhara - totally worth the 40 degree Celsius (about 110 F) weather to trek out and see some of these beauties😊 #centralasia  #uzbekistantravels  #бухара  #bukhara  #nayundance  #dancearoundtheworld  #madrassa  #madrasah  #dancearchitecture  #islamicarchitecture  #danceresearch  #danceinconversation  #Самарканд  #Узбекистан  #сиабскийбазар  #travel  #travellingthroughtheworld  #silkroad  #silkroads  #silkroadjourney  #silkroaddance  #danceethnography  #ethnochoreology  #worlddance 
I am shook this is breathtaking #Repost @tillaqash_almaty with @get_repost
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Пусть утро будет добрым!!
With love from Tillaqash.
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#uyghur #turkic #tillaqash #culture #model #photography #portrait #jewellery #centralasia #girl #etles #ikat #hair #people #ig #potd #ootd #fashion #fashionpeople
Pretty remote green oasis of Bartang village.
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Location: Rushan District, GBAO, Tajikistan
Photo by: @buenachaikana
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Pretty remote green oasis of Bartang village. —— Location: Rushan District, GBAO, Tajikistan Photo by: @buenachaikana Thank you for tagging! —— Tag #visit_tajikistan  or @visit_tajikistan to give us permission to repost. —— #tajikistan  #tajikistantourism  #rushon  #landscapephotography  #lonelyplanet  #mountains  #landscape  #nature  #photooftheday  #instatravel  #travelgram  #beautifuldestinations  #explore  #discoverglobe  #centralasia  #wanderlust  #trekking  #roadtrip  #journey  #travelphotography  #naturephotography  #hiking  #asia  #amazingview  #adventure  #village  #bartang  #green  #pamirmountains 
One of the most forgotten/underrated ethnic groups in Afghanistan, The Aimaq (ایماق‎), they are a Persian-speaking Nomadic and semi-nomadic tribe. Aimaqs are found mostly in the West Central highlands of Afghanistan, immediately to the north of Herat, in Pakistan in the Kyber and Balochistan region and also to a much lesser amount in the Khorasan Province of Iran. They speak a number of subdialects of the Aimaq dialect of Persian, however some southern groups of Taymani and Maleki Aymaqs have adopted Pashto. Aimaqs were originally known as chahar ("four"), the Taymani (the main element in the population of Ghor), the Firozkohi, the Jamshidi and the Temuri. Other sources state that the Aimaq Hazara are one of the Chahar, with the Temuri instead being of the "lesser Aimaqs" or Aimaq-e digar along with the Tahiri, Zuri, Maleki, and Mishmast. The Temuri and Aimaq Hazara live in yurts, whereas other Aimaqs live in traditional Afghan black tents. Estimates of the Aimaq population vary between 250,000 and 500,000. They are largely Sunni Muslims, in contrast to the Hazara, who are mostly Shia Muslims. The Temuri Aimaqs are of Mongolian origin, apparent in their physical appearance and their housing (Mongolian-style yurts). However, the Taymanis, Firozkohis, and Jamshidis are of Iranian origin.
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One of the most forgotten/underrated ethnic groups in Afghanistan, The Aimaq (ایماق‎), they are a Persian-speaking Nomadic and semi-nomadic tribe. Aimaqs are found mostly in the West Central highlands of Afghanistan, immediately to the north of Herat, in Pakistan in the Kyber and Balochistan region and also to a much lesser amount in the Khorasan Province of Iran. They speak a number of subdialects of the Aimaq dialect of Persian, however some southern groups of Taymani and Maleki Aymaqs have adopted Pashto. Aimaqs were originally known as chahar ("four"), the Taymani (the main element in the population of Ghor), the Firozkohi, the Jamshidi and the Temuri. Other sources state that the Aimaq Hazara are one of the Chahar, with the Temuri instead being of the "lesser Aimaqs" or Aimaq-e digar along with the Tahiri, Zuri, Maleki, and Mishmast. The Temuri and Aimaq Hazara live in yurts, whereas other Aimaqs live in traditional Afghan black tents. Estimates of the Aimaq population vary between 250,000 and 500,000. They are largely Sunni Muslims, in contrast to the Hazara, who are mostly Shia Muslims. The Temuri Aimaqs are of Mongolian origin, apparent in their physical appearance and their housing (Mongolian-style yurts). However, the Taymanis, Firozkohis, and Jamshidis are of Iranian origin. 🇦🇫🇦🇫🇦🇫🇦🇫🇦🇫🇦🇫🇦🇫🇦🇫
Silk Road

Kawasan Asia Tengah memainkan peranan penting pada Jalan Sutera. Pada beberapa kota, peninggalan kejayaan masa tersebut masih terlihat dan tersimpan dengan baik. 
Meskipun rute Tashkent-Bukhara-Samarkhan-Dushanbe-Almaty-Bishkek-Osh-Andijan-Tashkent yang kami tempuh tidak mengikuti Silk Road kawasan Asia Tengah dan hanya sebagian kecil yang merupakan perjalanan darat, tetapi sudah memberikan banyak gambaran tentang negara-negara Asia Tengah. 
Terima kasih buat @arievrahman, @trinitytraveler, @claudiakaunang, @riniraharjanti, @ms.palupi yang memberikan inspirasi dan informasi sehingga perjalanan kami bisa lancar.

#centralasia 
#silkroad
Silk Road Kawasan Asia Tengah memainkan peranan penting pada Jalan Sutera. Pada beberapa kota, peninggalan kejayaan masa tersebut masih terlihat dan tersimpan dengan baik. Meskipun rute Tashkent-Bukhara-Samarkhan-Dushanbe-Almaty-Bishkek-Osh-Andijan-Tashkent yang kami tempuh tidak mengikuti Silk Road kawasan Asia Tengah dan hanya sebagian kecil yang merupakan perjalanan darat, tetapi sudah memberikan banyak gambaran tentang negara-negara Asia Tengah. Terima kasih buat @arievrahman, @trinitytraveler, @claudiakaunang, @riniraharjanti, @ms.palupi yang memberikan inspirasi dan informasi sehingga perjalanan kami bisa lancar. #centralasia  #silkroad 
Sometime less is more... well actually just wanted to capture this wonderful pattern on the dome 😏
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Manchmal ist weniger mehr...aber naja rein interpretieren kann man da jetzt viel. Eigentlich wollte ich ja einfach nur die super schöne Bemalung der Kuppel fotografieren 😏
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 #wanderlust #goodmoodhunter #travellingthroughtheworld #picoftheday #instagood #travel #centralasia #travelheart #nomadgirls #travelgram #zentralasien #travelgirl #travelling #munichgirl #travelphotography #instatravel #uzbekistan #exploring #silkroad #seidenstrasse #usbekistan #holidays #architecturephotography #bluesky #samarkand #bukhara #travelcouple #ontheroad
Sometime less is more... well actually just wanted to capture this wonderful pattern on the dome 😏 . . Manchmal ist weniger mehr...aber naja rein interpretieren kann man da jetzt viel. Eigentlich wollte ich ja einfach nur die super schöne Bemalung der Kuppel fotografieren 😏 . . #wanderlust  #goodmoodhunter  #travellingthroughtheworld  #picoftheday  #instagood  #travel  #centralasia  #travelheart  #nomadgirls  #travelgram  #zentralasien  #travelgirl  #travelling  #munichgirl  #travelphotography  #instatravel  #uzbekistan  #exploring  #silkroad  #seidenstrasse  #usbekistan  #holidays  #architecturephotography  #bluesky  #samarkand  #bukhara  #travelcouple  #ontheroad 
Renoncule radieuse, pleine de charme, qui a séduit mon cœur 💕
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Buttercup radiant, full of charm, which seduced my heart 💕
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#rose #china #Japan #India #England #Germany #usa #France #italy #kazakhstan #centralasia #asia #tourism #flower #world #peace #photo #photooftheday #nature #beautifuldestinations #globtrotter 
#music @kudaibergenov.dimash #journalist #landscape  #naturelovers #luxuryworldtraveler #luxe #discover #explore
Pamir highway, you were such an adventure! After 5 days of long hours in a car, sucking dust, car breakdowns, not-the-comfiest hostels but most of all absolutely stunning, mesmerizing and wonderful landscapes all the way (!!) we finally made it through! 😍 
We also met very lovely pamiri people along the way who were very welcoming and happy to share their homes, food and stories with us! 
An adventure we will not forget so soon! What about your crazy adventures? 😁

#nicolyn #exploringtheglobe #exploretheworld #travelgram #travel #travelblogger #backpacking #backpacker #instagood #photography #photooftheday #amazingplaces #wonderful_places #pamir #pamirhighway #centralasia #khorog #ishkashim #yamchun #seetheworld #traveltheworld #aroundtheworld #trip #weltreise #tourdumonde #globetrotter #couplegoals #backpackerlifes #iamtb
Pamir highway, you were such an adventure! After 5 days of long hours in a car, sucking dust, car breakdowns, not-the-comfiest hostels but most of all absolutely stunning, mesmerizing and wonderful landscapes all the way (!!) we finally made it through! 😍 We also met very lovely pamiri people along the way who were very welcoming and happy to share their homes, food and stories with us! An adventure we will not forget so soon! What about your crazy adventures? 😁 #nicolyn  #exploringtheglobe  #exploretheworld  #travelgram  #travel  #travelblogger  #backpacking  #backpacker  #instagood  #photography  #photooftheday  #amazingplaces  #wonderful_places  #pamir  #pamirhighway  #centralasia  #khorog  #ishkashim  #yamchun  #seetheworld  #traveltheworld  #aroundtheworld  #trip  #weltreise  #tourdumonde  #globetrotter  #couplegoals  #backpackerlifes  #iamtb 
Rose sauvage, rose secrète 🌹💕
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Wild rose, secret rose 🌹💕
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📷 @diana_di_laurenti

#rose #china #Japan #India #England #Germany #usa #France #italy #kazakhstan #centralasia #asia #tourism #flower #world #peace #photo #photooftheday #nature #beautifuldestinations #globtrotter 
#music @kudaibergenov.dimash #journalist #landscape  #naturelovers #luxuryworldtraveler #luxe #discover #explore
Papillon libre, vole, vas, Recueilles la lumière du soleil des prochains jours ❤️
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Butterfly free, flies, goes. Gathering the sunlight of the next days ❤️
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📷 @alinepatriciafotografias
#butterfly #china #Japan #India #England #Germany #usa #France #italy #kazakhstan #centralasia #asia #tourism #flower #world #peace #photo #photooftheday #nature #beautifuldestinations #globtrotter 
#music @kudaibergenov.dimash #journalist #landscape  #naturelovers #luxuryworldtraveler #luxe #discover #explore
Papillon libre, vole, vas, Recueilles la lumière du soleil des prochains jours ❤️ . Butterfly free, flies, goes. Gathering the sunlight of the next days ❤️ ___ 📷 @alinepatriciafotografias #butterfly  #china  #Japan  #India  #England  #Germany  #usa  #France  #italy  #kazakhstan  #centralasia  #asia  #tourism  #flower  #world  #peace  #photo  #photooftheday  #nature  #beautifuldestinations  #globtrotter  #music  @kudaibergenov.dimash #journalist  #landscape  #naturelovers  #luxuryworldtraveler  #luxe  #discover  #explore 
The crazier, the better! The most impressive tournaments were the ones including beheaded sheep, I don't think that I can pick a favourite out of the estafette and Kök Börü (or Bush Kazi if you prefer Dari) 🐏 🐏 🐏
The crazier, the better! The most impressive tournaments were the ones including beheaded sheep, I don't think that I can pick a favourite out of the estafette and Kök Börü (or Bush Kazi if you prefer Dari) 🐏 🐏 🐏
Khiva is like an open air museum with beautiful sights everywhere. .
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#khiva #uzbekistan #ouzbekistan #centralasia #asiecentrale #voyage #voyageuse #travel #traveler #solotravel
The Orthodox Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Karakol is the only #church I’ve seen during my journey in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. 
It is a beautiful wooden building that was built in 1895. It had a troubled history, in fact, after the Revolution in 1917, it has been used as an educational centre. In 1947 it was returned to the faithful, but in 1961 it was once more returned to secular uses until 1991, following the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Independence of Kyrgyzstan.
#karakol #cathedral #kyrgyzstan #centralasia #silkroad
The Orthodox Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Karakol is the only #church  I’ve seen during my journey in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. It is a beautiful wooden building that was built in 1895. It had a troubled history, in fact, after the Revolution in 1917, it has been used as an educational centre. In 1947 it was returned to the faithful, but in 1961 it was once more returned to secular uses until 1991, following the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Independence of Kyrgyzstan. #karakol  #cathedral  #kyrgyzstan  #centralasia  #silkroad 
On this day in 2015, the Turgen Gorge in Kazakhstan 🇰🇿. Situated at the point where the Tian Shan mountain range (the foothills of the Himalaya) meet the vast plains of Central Asia, the five day hike took us from the steppe, to alpine forests and up onto glaciers.

The area is a proper wilderness - in five days we didn't see a single other person. Our local guide was part of a mountaineering group who between them had been the first to summit several of the surrounding peaks and was able to point out several that had never been conquered.

Thanks to Sacha Baren Cohen, few countries can have as many misconceptions about them as Kazakhstan - and over our fortnight in the country, we were able to discover that the world's largest landlocked country was a place of incredible variety.
On this day in 2015, the Turgen Gorge in Kazakhstan 🇰🇿. Situated at the point where the Tian Shan mountain range (the foothills of the Himalaya) meet the vast plains of Central Asia, the five day hike took us from the steppe, to alpine forests and up onto glaciers. The area is a proper wilderness - in five days we didn't see a single other person. Our local guide was part of a mountaineering group who between them had been the first to summit several of the surrounding peaks and was able to point out several that had never been conquered. Thanks to Sacha Baren Cohen, few countries can have as many misconceptions about them as Kazakhstan - and over our fortnight in the country, we were able to discover that the world's largest landlocked country was a place of incredible variety.
The incredible #colours of the Jeti-Öghüz rocks, an extraordinary formation of red sandstone cliffs.
The name means Seven Bulls, with reference to seven calves growing big and strong in the valley’s rich pastures. Erosion has meant that the bulls have multiplied.
#jetioguz #sevenbulls #kyrgyzstan #centralasia #silkroad
The incredible #colours  of the Jeti-Öghüz rocks, an extraordinary formation of red sandstone cliffs. The name means Seven Bulls, with reference to seven calves growing big and strong in the valley’s rich pastures. Erosion has meant that the bulls have multiplied. #jetioguz  #sevenbulls  #kyrgyzstan  #centralasia  #silkroad 
The dome of the Bibi-Xonim proves that the insides don't have to match the outsides. There is a gap between the internal and external parts of the dome, allowing the outside to be more visually impactful and the inside still match the proper proportions of the room. ⠀
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#bibixonim #samarkand #uzbekistan #centralasia #mosque #historicalplace #islamicart #archaeology #BibiKhanym #arabicarchitecture #travelgram ⠀⠀
#beautifuldestinations #travelgram #girlwhotravels #womenwhoexplore #archaeologist #travel #ancient #history #archaeologicalsite⠀
The dome of the Bibi-Xonim proves that the insides don't have to match the outsides. There is a gap between the internal and external parts of the dome, allowing the outside to be more visually impactful and the inside still match the proper proportions of the room. ⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #bibixonim  #samarkand  #uzbekistan  #centralasia  #mosque  #historicalplace  #islamicart  #archaeology  #BibiKhanym  #arabicarchitecture  #travelgram  ⠀⠀ #beautifuldestinations  #travelgram  #girlwhotravels  #womenwhoexplore  #archaeologist  #travel  #ancient  #history  #archaeologicalsite ⠀
The winding rivers of a remote valley in Tajikistan. Since visiting these underdeveloped (read: still pretty clean, non polluted by mass tourism, infrastructure etc) I’ve been wondering about the possibility for a developing country to skip certain phases of building a society by learning from the development of others - like the movement of no phone network to a digital one straight away by Estonia, saving the hassle and pollution of an analog one, or the more restricted permits and effort towards environment by Bhutan - and if countries like Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan will manage to stay clean on their rise towards the inevitable tourism craze by thinking things through before ruining what they have for the sake of money... feeling a little guilty for sharing their beauty and people putting this on their ‘omg wish list’. Travel politely towards environment and local communities, folks!
The winding rivers of a remote valley in Tajikistan. Since visiting these underdeveloped (read: still pretty clean, non polluted by mass tourism, infrastructure etc) I’ve been wondering about the possibility for a developing country to skip certain phases of building a society by learning from the development of others - like the movement of no phone network to a digital one straight away by Estonia, saving the hassle and pollution of an analog one, or the more restricted permits and effort towards environment by Bhutan - and if countries like Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan will manage to stay clean on their rise towards the inevitable tourism craze by thinking things through before ruining what they have for the sake of money... feeling a little guilty for sharing their beauty and people putting this on their ‘omg wish list’. Travel politely towards environment and local communities, folks!
Still summer ☀️in #Almaty! 🇰🇿⛰
@aslisenacakmak at #BigAlmatyLake! #Kazakhstan #CentralAsia #IndyGuide
Дорогие жители нашего села,  отнеситесь с пониманием, своевременно оплачивайте счета за "питьевую воду", уважайте труд ЖКХ,  изначально на сходе села,  жители голосовали и была одобрена "тарифная ставка" на питьевую воду, в сумме 250 сомов на каждый двор.  Собранных средств едва,  с натяжкой хватает на закрытие счетов электроэнергии и расходов по ремонту водопроводной системы,  которая как вы знаете не понаслышке, изношена на 90%. Не откладывайте уплату счета в долгий ящик,  поскольку страдают от этого все. А также не оставляйте включенным водопроводные краны, так как это снижает напорную силу воды в магистрали, и вода не поступает в труднодоступные участки.

#Боролдой #айыл #айылаймак #Кемин #район #чуй #бишкек #кыргызстан #ыссыккуль #талас #нарын #баткен #ош #джалалабад #вода #питьеваявода #артезианскаяскважина #берегитеводу #нетдетскомутруду #детскийтруд #артезиан #people #water #artezian #republickyrgyzstan #kyrgyzstan #centralasia #montains #nature #savewater  @unicefkg @unicef
Дорогие жители нашего села, отнеситесь с пониманием, своевременно оплачивайте счета за "питьевую воду", уважайте труд ЖКХ, изначально на сходе села, жители голосовали и была одобрена "тарифная ставка" на питьевую воду, в сумме 250 сомов на каждый двор. Собранных средств едва, с натяжкой хватает на закрытие счетов электроэнергии и расходов по ремонту водопроводной системы, которая как вы знаете не понаслышке, изношена на 90%. Не откладывайте уплату счета в долгий ящик, поскольку страдают от этого все. А также не оставляйте включенным водопроводные краны, так как это снижает напорную силу воды в магистрали, и вода не поступает в труднодоступные участки. #Боролдой  #айыл  #айылаймак  #Кемин  #район  #чуй  #бишкек  #кыргызстан  #ыссыккуль  #талас  #нарын  #баткен  #ош  #джалалабад  #вода  #питьеваявода  #артезианскаяскважина  #берегитеводу  #нетдетскомутруду  #детскийтруд  #артезиан  #people  #water  #artezian  #republickyrgyzstan  #kyrgyzstan  #centralasia  #montains  #nature  #savewater  @unicefkg @unicef
T'aixeques del llit...a mitja nit. Surts de la yurta a contemplar les estrelles (també dit mixionar) i tot resseguint amb la mirada la via làctia fins q el coll diu prou penses: demà serà un gran dia, per acostar-ti una mica més... #piclenin #leninpeak #Tulparkol #tulparkollake #sarymogol #Kirguistan #kyrgyzstan #trekking #senderisme #senderismo #muntanya #mountain @marionads
The good people of Karakol Animal Market. The largest trading grounds in Central Asia. (Unfortunately, Instagram doesn't allow you to resize in a gallery, so I wasnt able to include the portrait photos)

#GOKG #kyrgyzstan #karakol #aksuu  #bishkek #centralasia #passionpassport #discoverkyrgyzstan #discoverasia #sovietera #almaty #tashkent #nomadgames2018 #nomadgames #kyrgyzrepublic #igersmtl #igersmontreal #mtlblogger #travelphotography #backpackerstory #travelblogger #backpackerlife #altynarashan #alakol #alakollake #dordoybazaar #oshbazaar
The good people of Karakol Animal Market. The largest trading grounds in Central Asia. (Unfortunately, Instagram doesn't allow you to resize in a gallery, so I wasnt able to include the portrait photos) #GOKG  #kyrgyzstan  #karakol  #aksuu  #bishkek  #centralasia  #passionpassport  #discoverkyrgyzstan  #discoverasia  #sovietera  #almaty  #tashkent  #nomadgames2018  #nomadgames  #kyrgyzrepublic  #igersmtl  #igersmontreal  #mtlblogger  #travelphotography  #backpackerstory  #travelblogger  #backpackerlife  #altynarashan  #alakol  #alakollake  #dordoybazaar  #oshbazaar 
Cave named "Yellow dog's hell", near Khorgo crater, Central Mongolia.
#mongolei #mongolia #yellowdogshell #cave #naturephoto #landscape #centralasia
Water kiosk for public potable water supply with costs in Northern Mongolia
#mongolei #mongolia #waterkiosk #water #potablewater #watermanagement #watersupply #centralasia #indyguide
"Shopping mall" somewhere in Southern Mongolia.
#mongolei #mongolia #shops #geschäfte #shoppingmall #centralasia
With the best wishes for the upcoming travel! Near Dalandsadgad, Gobi desert / Southern Mogolia.
#mongolei #mongolia #dalandsadgad #travelmongolia #mongoliatravel #gobidesert ##naturephotography #landscapephotography #centralasia #indyguide
#kyrgystan - green hills and grey mountains. Road to #songkullake #centralasia #roadlesstraveled #roadtrip #explorer