New Year Celebration in Central Asia

Central Asia was the center of the Silk Road throughout the centuries and different religions have been existed there. Different holidays and festivities were celebrated by its population who has different nationalities. One of the popular winter holidays is the New Year. People buy and decorate their New Year trees and invite their extended families over for a large feast. This is celebrated at schools and kindergartens as well. Many Christians celebrate also Christmas with their extended families and give gifts to each other. However In Central Asia the traditional New Year begins with Navruz (New Day, New Day of the New Year), the ancient commemoration of the coming of spring that has been celebrated for more than 2,500 years. With roots in pagan times and many of its traditions associated with the Zoroastrian religion of ancient Persia, it is a holiday celebrating how light and warmth win out over the cold and darkness of winter. The celebration begins on the 21st of March, but preparations begin several days beforehand: the villages and homes are cleaned and decorated, old and broken items are discarded, and people get new clothes for the holiday. And not only the homes are cleaned - this is also a time for tidying up one's life, forgiving past offenses and debts, renewing friendships, and establishing an atmosphere of harmony and plenty that will hopefully last throughout the year. Entire town and villages prepare for this festival, cooking dishes exclusive to this season – the tables full to bursting!
Christmas and New Year tours to Central Asia is becoming very popular among our American travelers who would like to meet the new year in Legendary Silk Road Cities of Central Asia or skiing on New Year's day in spectacular Tiyanshan mountains. The travelers are given exotic traditional gifts during the holidays, enjoy the folk and sport shows in the stadiums, taste local cuisine in the streets and most importantly celebrate the festivities with locals.

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Updated Visa procedure to Central Asia and Caucasus

This week more than half of our travelers who signed up for our fascinating 2014 Central Asia and Caucasus travel have expressed their concerns about the visa procedure. Many of them they will be traveling to more than 10 different destinations and they want to make sure that they can get their visas on time without losing their important travel document passports.
But today we are very excited to inform all our Silk Road visitors that the visa procedure to these destinations has been simplified for American travelers. Now Kyrgyzstan and Georgia do not require a visa for American travelers.
But all the visitors to Central Asia and Caucasus need to have a visa. Obtaining a Visa can be time consuming and challenging. Trusting their important travel document to the tour or visa company is not always something travelers feel comfortable doing.
We highly recommend the travelers to plan ahead of time to get the visas, avoid last minute visa obtaining as it may affect to the visa cost as well. We heard the stories when the travelers completed the visa forms in rush and obtained visas for the wrong dates and some find out that about the issue right before the entering the countries at the border crossing points or airports.
It is very important for travelers who are traveling Central Asia and Caucasus to choose the right tour operator who can take care of all the aspects of the tour plans: visa procedure, airfare options, smooth border crossing and give them the most memorable trip they can treasure forever.
In order to provide the travelers with smooth visa procedure we have a dedicated visa processing department. All travelers need to do is to complete the relevant visa application forms which we will provide and send them to us along with their passports approximately two month before the departure date. We will then work closely with the relevant consulates and embassies to provide the travelers visa.procedure.

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Central Asia Silk Road Bazaars and Teahouses

One of the most exciting experiences for a traveler to the Silk Road is a traditional bazaar.
In a world where business transactions have become virtually devoid of human contact, Central Asian bazaars remind us of how vibrant and exciting commerce can be. The bazaars are no mere collection of shops. They have always been a dynamic center of the community, a place where goods and produce as well as ideas, news, philosophies, culture and politics are traded.
The bazaars have always been central to life in cities along the Silk Road. They are organized into different sections depending on the type of goods you're looking for. You can find anything here - from fresh fruits and vegetables to fine jewelry and gold embroidery, hand-tempered knives, handmade musical instruments, ceramic bowls and painted cradles. Every item is offered by salespeople who can tell you how it is grown, where it is made or all the intricate details of its history.
Much is still sold in the open air, and bargaining is a way of life over the stacks of fresh fruit and crisp vegetables, dried apricots in the Osh in Kyrgyzstan, brightly decorated rounds of bread in Samarkand, open sacks of exotic spices and honey in Kazakhstan's Green Bazaar in Almaty, plush carpets in Turkemistan's Ashgabad Tolkuchka market, glittering fine jewelry, gold embroidered suzani and ikat print fabrics in the Chorsu Bazaar of Tashkent, or a banquet of colorful ceramics; cobalt and green in Rishton's markets.
If the bazaar is the place to find out the latest news, the chaikhana is the place to discuss it in depth. The serving of tea is a social ritual, and these tea houses are the perfect place to relax with endless cups of green tea and conversation, a savory pilaf or snack of halva or kishmish; tiny dried raisins. There is a pleasant stop in the main park in Tashkent or by the pond at Lyab-i-Khaus in Bukhara, Uzbekistan! Travel the Silk Road!

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