Kyrgyzstan to Tashkent

Grapes over shaded walk way at Silk  Factory in Marigilan

Grapes over shaded walk way at Silk Factory in Marigilan

We spent one day in Osh and went across the border to Uzbekistan which is only 20 minutes from Osh. There were very many people waiting to leave Krygzstan but we were fast tracked through and the local people were helpful. Our group all agreed that if that was us we would be mightily pissed off.

The guards had some very impressive weapons and we walked about 200m to the Uzbekistan border. Here were had to account for all our currency and luggage went through screening. One fellow had to take all the tyres off his van and put each through x ray machine. Again we were fast tracked.

We then visited a silk factory using traditional methods at Marigilan in the very fertile Fergana Valley. Then on to Fergana.

10m people live in the Fergana Valley, it is surrounded by mountains and grows cotton, wheat, mulberry trees for silk worms, and for fruit, and has oil wells dotted around the fields.
Then up at 2.30 to get to Tashkent in time for Iranian Embassy to open to get a visa for myself and another woman.

We went through three checkpoints along a four lane divided road over another amazing mountain pass. Plenty of cars and trucks but also a herd of sheep being moved by a man on horseback with 2 donkeys carrying packs.

Madrassah

Madrassah

Monument to remember victims of the 1966 earthquake

Monument to remember victims of the 1966 earthquake

Traditional clothing worn by women until banned by Soviets in 1928.

Traditional clothing worn by women until banned by Soviets in 1928.

Women at market in Tashkent.

Women at market in Tashkent.


Application for visa went without hitch.

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4 responses to “Kyrgyzstan to Tashkent

  1. Valerie Ingham

    Looks like the Soviets had some dress sense.

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  2. Kerry Ilsley

    Still avidly reading your amazing news . Got the atlas out to clarify your progress! Access to Your blog was the focus of my computer lesson this morning.Kerry

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