Journey to the Five "Stans" of Central Asia

Weather in Central Asia and the best season for travel

Central Asia tours can be enjoyed all year around, however, unless you are planning to trek in the mountains, the ideal times to visit are springtime, from March to May from September to November in fall. The hiking and trekking season is limited to the short summer season in the mountains, when the snows have melted and the trails are passable. There are incredible opportunities to explore the ranges of Central Asia; from easy day hiking to adventure trekking and white water rafting. Skiing is available in the winter, including heli-skiing in the Tien Shan down virgin powder slopes.

Spring is a wonderful time when nature bursts into bloom in Central Asia! The surrounding mountain peaks are rimmed with winter's snows, but the forests, valleys, steppes and farms are lush with new growth. Fruit trees blossom and even the desert landscapes change with the last of the winter rains and snowmelt, with the season's tulips, irises and sedges.

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Uzbekistan Traditions

The traditions and customs of the Uzbek people have been shaped by their unique position at the crossroads of the Great Silk Road. The treasures that flowed were not only the ones that can be held in one's hand, but also those that touch the heart and soul.

Art, philosophy, science, and religious ideals were exchanged, enriching the cultures of both the travelers and their hosts.

Uzbek culture reflects a beautiful synthesis of these influences, while maintaining its own unique traditions. From the harmony of its architecture to the masterful detail of its applied arts, from the busy, noisy bazaars to the peaceful, laid-back chaikhana, a journey through Uzbekistan is unique and unforgettable.

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Zulya Rajabova makes travel guru Wendy Perrin’s “WOW” list

In her latest posting, Influential travel maven Wendy Perrin (Conde-Nast, TripAdvisor) has dubbed Zulya Rajabova, president of Silk Road Treasure Tours a “trusted travel Expert for Uzbekistan and the Silk Road.”

Wendy Perrin does not add just anyone to the “WOW” list. As TripAdvisor’s first-ever Travel Advocate she advises its 280 million monthly visitors—the world’s largest travel community. She was formerly Director of Consumer News and Digital Community at Condé Nast Traveler, where she wrote her practical advice column, the Perrin Report for 17 years and her award-winning blog, “The Perrin Post” for eight years. For the recently added section of her website, called the “WOW” list, she collects insights and input from countless travelers, and together with her own experiences as a reporter finds those tour- masters who never fail to deliver a knockout trip.

It’s not surprisig that Ms. Rajabova has been singled out; she is a native of Bukhara, Uzbekistan and has an unsurpassed love for presenting her part of the world to foreigners, so that they can see it through her eyes, and appreciate all that is special about it. But having lived in the USA for many years, she is also acutely aware of the needs and expectations of the people who entrust her with their trip. Her tours combine intensive sightseeing with laid-back comforts and special treats. She has integrated home stays into her itineraries, to give her clients a first hand experience of the Uzbek village lifestyle, and to support these new home stay ventures. She is also a tireless worker, and has a formidable intelligence. As Wendy writes:

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