Central Asia - Pure Photos (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan)

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  1. Colebatch

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    Well I am not normally a man inclined to fotos of train yards, but in this case, there is one more.

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  3. EwliyaCelebi

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    Great photos & interesting locations;
    Thanks a lot for your share...
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    Wow... keep it coming...
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    rawdog Been here awhile

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    Epic ride report. :thumb
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    Bukhara is unique ... of all the cities Genghis Khan conquered from Beijing to Urgench, Bukhara was the only one he deigned to enter after its capture. In fact in his entire life, it is said Bukhara was the only city he ever entered. He hated cities and thought of their inhabitants as weak and unmanly. His usual routine was conquer any city that refused the chance to open it gates and surrender and voluntarily join his empire ... and once the city was taken, he rested and planned the next move in his 'ger on wheels' outside the city, while his troops were free to pillage and plunder the gold, and women of the captured city.

    But Bukhara was different. Bukhara was fabled for its beauty. Even as the Shah's troops were making a last stand in the citadel (pictured earlier) Genghis entered the city alongside his troops to check it out. One sight in particular made his jaw drop. The Kalyan Minaret.

    And its still standing proudly today. I couldn't help but stare at it, knowing Genghis Khan had been staring at the same thing, almost 800 years earlier.

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    Fascinating architecture.
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    Andrei, a Russian biker, surrounded by amazing buildings

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    An incredible variety of soviet badges for sale:

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    Everywhere you go in old Bukhara, the Kalyan Minaret is visible:

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    Andrei and I stopped for lunch with 4 other bikers from his home city of Samara, in a nice open air restaurant overlooking the central square ... this was the view from the table where we sat.

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    Walter, awesome pix, especially the Aral Sea, Khiva, and Bukhara--wow!

    Hope to see you while you're in Moscow this time.
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    waveydavey happy times!!

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    I spent 3 years in NW Kazakhstan for work, I would love to go back and tour the southern areas for fun. Thanks!!
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    We were so impressed with the funky square in the centre of Old Bukhara, that we decided to return, with the motorcycles. The whole Old City is a pedestrian area, but this was too good a foto opportunity to miss. We just had to get in there with the bikes and rip off some shots before the local authorities kicked our butts.

    As the great Johan Cruijff says "You have got to shoot if you want to score"

    So here we are returning with the bikes:

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    Uzbekistan is a motorcycle unfriendly zone. Most of the central areas cities are technically off limits to motorcycles ... Apparently the President (there is only one - and he has been there since the country came into being back in 1991) had a security scare once when a sports bike overtook his car convoy. Subsequently, he banned bikes from any road he is likely to take.

    We decided to ignore the sign and enter the no bike zone.

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