Join me for a comprehensive photography tour of 3 fascinating countries on the famous Silk Road. We visit the most photogenic parts of the 3 "Stans" where we will be accompanied by an expert photography guide who has travelled to the region many times. We will encounter an incredible variety of landscape, architecture and people in locations rarely visited by tourists.
The Historic Architecture of Uzbekistan
Our journey starts in Tashkent, Uzbekistan and takes us along the ancient trade route to the exquisite city of Samarkand, known for its mosques and mausoleums. From there we travel to Bukhara, famous for its domed bazaars and madrasah and on to Khiva, a thousand year old fortress city.
The Diverse Scenes of Kazakhstan
We fly to Almaty, the capital of Kazakhstan during soviet times, which is surrounded by snow capped mountains. We’ve organised a private photo shoot with Kazakh men who will demonstrate their skills on horseback. We’ll explore the colourful green bazaar before heading to Zenkov Cathedral, one of the tallest wooden buildings in the world.
We’ll take 4x4 wheel drive vehicles to Kaindy lake and the ‘valley of the castles’. The lake is incredibly photogenic with transparent turquoise water full of old tree trunks.
The Amazing Landscapes of Kyrgyzstan
We then fly to Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan where we can try our hand at horse milking (optional) and visit the typical Central Asian market known as the Osh Bazaar. We drive to Issuk Kul Lake, one of the oldest Alpine lakes in the world set in pristine landscape.
In Bishkek, we’ll photograph nomadic horsemen and a hunter with his golden eagle who will demonstrate old hunting methods.
If you want to discover 3 different countries and take fresh, original images of cultures that are still relatively unknown part of the historical Silk Road, then this photography tour will certainly be for you.