Central Asia

Horse Games: The Kok-Boru Way

While staying in Osh I was lucky enough to catch a game of kok-boru, often known as buzkashi. The sport, which is played in Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and Tajikistan, is a bit like rugby on horseback. Except the ball is a dead…
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Eat Bishkek

Have some time on your hands? Eat your way through Bishkek. I recently spent six nights in the Kyrgyzstani capital (waiting for my Uzbekistan visa and relaxing), during which I ate and drank my way through the city. Bishkek isn’t quite…
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Karakul Lake

Karakul Lake, in the Chinese province of Xinjiang, sits at 3,600 meters (11,811 feet) in the eastern part of the Pamir Plateau. It’s a common stop for travelers taking the Karakoram Highway to or from Pakistan, and you can usually find…
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