Kyrgyzstan Gateway to Central Asia… via the Great Silk Road

Kyrgyzstan is a nation defined by its natural beauty: joyously unspoilt mountains, stark craggy ridges, and rolling summer pastures (jailoos) are brought to life by semi-nomadic, yurt-dwelling shepherd cultures.

Add to this a well-developed network of homestays and visa-free travel, and it’s easy to see why Kyrgyzstan is the gateway of choice for many travellers in Central Asia. Ever since 2012, citizens from 44 nations have been able to visit Kyrgyzstan visa-free for up to 60 days.

At ITB Berlin, at the Kyrgyzstan stand, Travel Land, a local tour operator, presented a number of new tours in this land of breath taking mountain lakes and celestial scenery.

The importance of the Great Silk Road has been further highlighted by an 11-day tour organised by Travel Land, “In the footsteps of the Silk Road”.

A primary artery of the Great Silk Road passes through the Land of the Kyrgyz, whose hospitality and mountain springs offered respite from the desert lands of neighbouring peoples. The dales and valleys of the Tien-Shan provided shelter for the merchants, workers, clergy and soldiers who journeyed the 6500 km between east and west.

The well-preserved Tash Rabat Caravanserai, at 3,200 metres in Kyrgyzstan’s Naryn Province, is a classic example of 15th century lodging for Silk Road travellers. Tourists can revisit the historic routes and World Heritage Sites by horseback, off-road vehicle, bicycle or motorbike, some of which are served by yurt camps