We’re getting ready for New Year’s in Uzbekistan!

We’re getting ready for New Year’s in Uzbekistan!

Navruz-The New Year is the most beautiful holiday in Central Asia, Iran, and Azerbaijan ... Most travelers come with their families and young children to enjoy this special spring festival and tour the destination. 

March 21st is the New Year on the ancient Persian calendar, a time for all-out fun and festivity with family parties, community celebrations and local and state sponsored events galore. For the children, it’s what they look forward to all year and I’m sharing some of our best memories of Navruz here.

Hashar is the community cleanup that ensures the neighborhoods are clean and decorated and new flowers planted. Zafar, our Instagram coordinator enjoyed the kite flying and singing competitions during Navruz but remembers the colorful decorations going up around the city most of all; the streets and buildings hung with bright colors and patterns. Our colleague Aziz always just couldn’t wait for the special desserts like nishalda and sumalak.

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Silk Road Treasure Tours to Kazakhstan, Land of the Golden Eagle

Silk Road Treasure Tours to Kazakhstan, Land of the Golden Eagle

Silk Road Treasure Tours invites you to experience Kazakhstan! The 9th largest country in the world, it extends from the Caspian Sea to Mongolia, and offers a wealth of incredible landscapes, fascinating traditions and welcoming people. Nomads still live in yurts and hunt with eagles, yet the country has its feet firmly in the 21st century. Since Independence it has developed a strategic world position economically and politically, yet remains one of the last undiscovered countries for most travelers.

Silk Road Treasure tours invites you to experience the past and present in Kazakhstan.

Magnificent forested mountains and pristine lakes and rivers contrast the endless vista of the steppe and vastness of blue sky. Visit with a family of eagle hunters and local women's traditional handicraft workshops. Visitors are honored guests and you can experience this legendary hospitality sharing a meal with a nomadic Khazakh family, try the horse meat sausages and fermented camel’s milk! Step back in time to explore Kazakh history in the ancient Silk Road cities of Chymkent, Turkistan and Taraz. Stay at intimate boutique hotels like the Orbita (top-rated on Trip Advisor), accommodations hand picked by Silk Road Treasure Tours knowledgeable staff.

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Arts in the Caucasus

Arts in the Caucasus

You will find a rich heritage of Arts in the Caucasus ranging from the fine craft of carpet weaving to startling modern experiments in painting and theater. Petroglyphs beckon from cliffsides revealing the life of prehistoric man, while ancient churches carved into bedrock testify to ingenuity, spirituality and sheer love of beauty. Museums and galleries display collections of abstract or figurative art, with both traditional and modern influences.

In Baku, Azerbaijan, the newest addition to the arts and culture scene is the YARAT centre. Located in a renovated Soviet era building overlooking the Caspian Sea, it is now a locus for innovative arts in the Caucasus, Central Asia and other neighboring countries. If tradition is more to your taste check out the carpet museum—a striking, modern building that aecho texturally resembles a rolled up carpet, and housing a dizzying collection of gorgeous carpets along with exhibits explaining the history and craft of carpet making.

If you want to see how a museum can become part of the heartbeat of a city, visit the Cascade Complex and the Cafesjian Center for the Arts in Yerevan, capitol of Armenia. The late Mr. Cafesjian was determined to help his country get to its feet after the Soviet exit, and one of his great gifts was renovating this massive, neglected complex into a cultural center for sculptures, installations and rotating shows. It is also a favorite social hang out in Yerevan. From the huge to the intensely personal, a visit to the Parajanov museum showcases the extraordinary creativity and singularity of the Caucasus’ greatest pioneer of cinema, Sergei Parajanov. Going from being a darling of the Soviet film schools, he plummeted to persecution in prisons and labor camps, (even while being lauded by the European critics) but never stopped creating.

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