My Central Asia itinerary
I thought some of you might be interested in my Central Asia itinerary as well as what I’d do differently next time, so here you go:
|Day||Place / Activities||Transport||Accomodation|
|1||Wagah border, Golden Temple Amritsar||Scoot SIN-ATQ||Holiday Inn Ranjit Ave (5k points)|
|2||Travel||Uzbekistan Airways ATQ-TAS-NCU||Hotel Jopek Joli (US$45)|
|3||Savitsky Museum in Nukus, Khiva||Shared taxi (25k UZS/US$4)||Meros B&B (US$25)|
|4||Travel||Shared taxi (110k UZS/US$18)||AirBnB (US$10)|
|5||Explore Bukhara||none||AirBnB (US$10)|
|6||Travel to Samarkand||Train (49k UZS/US$8)||Hotel Minora (US$16)|
|7||Explore Samarkand||none||Hotel Minora (US$16)|
|8||Travel to Dushanbe||Shared taxi (315k UZS/US$50)||AirBnB (US$17)|
|10||Drive all. day. long.||Shared jeep (280 TJS/US$38)||Lalmo's Homestay (US$10)|
|11||Khorog||None||Lalmo's Homestay (US$10)|
|12||Khorog to Murghab||Jeep (500 TJS/US$66)||Pamir Hotel (shared room - US$14 pp)|
|13||Murghab to Osh||Jeep (600 TJS/US$76)||Biy Ordo Hotel (US$25)|
|14||Bazaars in Osh||none||Biy Ordo Hotel (US$25)|
|15||Drive to Arslanbob||Bus (220 KGS / US$3.20)||Guest House Nazira (US$10)|
|16||Horseback riding around Arslanbob||Horse (1'900 KGS / US$28)||Guest House Nazira (US$10)|
|17||Drive back to Osh||Bus (220 KGS / US$3.20)||Biy Ordo Hotel (US$8 dorm)|
|18||Osh||none||Biy Ordo Hotel (US$25)|
Looking back, I would change a few things about the itinerary. I was contemplating staying at a yurt camp in Uzbekistan between in Bukhara and Samarkand which I ended up skipping. That’s probably something I’d do next time for one night.
The drive from Dushanbe to Khorog was beautiful but not enjoyable in a shared taxi. I should have made an effort to find other backpackers looking to share a car.
In the Pamir Mountains I somewhat regret not spending more time and for example going to the Saturday market in Iskashim where the Tajikistan-Afghanistan border is opened for the market without needing a visa. I also would have loved to do a detour between Khorog and Murghan and drive through the Tajik Wakhan Valley which everyone raved about that I’ve met. But again, since I was by myself it was difficult to fill up a car in order split the cost.
Towards the end I did have some more days in Kyrgyzstan than anticipated which is why I made a two-day trip to Arslanbob. This was mainly because I did not end up getting the Turkmenistan visa in time and hence had an additional four days.
All the accommodation was good. I used AirBnB twice, both of which were good experiences, although not necessarily so to meet other travelers. The first night in Nukus was overpriced for what it was.
Uzbekistan I found to be the most difficult country as single traveler. It was possible, no issue. However, I didn’t think there were as many independent travelers on the road as in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.