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Set off this morning after breakfasting at the hotel. They were very good to us, and made us feel welcome. Gave us a map to show where we could go to get access to an ATM (there are very few in Uzbekistan) and thenn the route north to Kyrgyzstan. Great.
Went to the Dedeman hotel (see previous blog about the Dedeman - but this was a world apart …
I wasn't even able to pick the Aral Sea as a location for this entry, so that totally proves that the place has been obliterated by man in my lifetime. We went to Aralsk to see it for ourselves. For the last hundred years the russian/soviet govt. has been using the rivers that feed the Aral Sea to do massive irrigation projects for cotton production. Now Kazakhstan is trying to recover. They built a dam and ...
... a range of hills that guard the entrance to snow topped peaks and the promise of big adventures.
We share the camp that night with the Rangers cows and his two fearless but very small dogs.
We wake in the morning to good news from Svetlana, ...
... cross back into Tashkent when we were ready.
Turkistan was an important trade and religious center in the 12th century and was the capital of Kazakhstan from the 16th to 18th century. It is the site of the mausoleum of the first great Turkic Muslim holy man, Kozha Akhmed Yasaui which is regarded as the most magnificent Timurid architecture building in all of Kazakhstan. It is said to be comparable with his magnificent creations ...
... border by 8am we were fifth in the queue behind a convoy of 4 Italian grey nomdads. Finally through the first gate by 11am the processing was swift and reasonably hassle free compared to our crossing four days prior. All in all, after 5hours we were back into The Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.
Our plan for Kazakhstan is ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Shymkent
This was probably a good hotel in its day, but its day was long ago.
In western standards this would struggle to rate 2 stars, the rooms are sad, the breakfast looked as if its don e on the basis that if you don t eat it today, you'll get it tomorrow until you do eat it. Juice was thin, pancakes were cold and nothing to go on them, loads of fried eggs, how old are they?
Wifi only works in the foyer, altho there is a signal on the floors, but it doesnt connect
Poor but very expensive
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