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Pictures of our 2nd Central Asia trip 2016 to Uzbekistan
From Turkmenistan border in Dashoguz to Tajikistan border near Oybeck May 10th to 31st, 2016
 
before:
Turkmenistan – from Iran border at Bajgiran to Uzbekistan border near Khiva – May 6th to 10th, 2016
Iran – from the ferry port Bandar Abbas to Turkmenistan border near Ashgabat – April 11th to May 6th, 2016
United Arab Emirates – from Saudi Arabia border to Sharjah and the ferry to Iran – January 12th to April 10th, 2016
Saudi Arabia – from the ferry port Jeddah in transit to United Arab Emirates border – January 9th to 12th, 2016
Sudan – from Ethiopia border to Suakin and the ferry to Saudi Arabia – December 9th, 2015 to January 8th, 2016
afterwards:
Tajikistan Part 1 from Uzbekistan border to Dushanbe May 31st to June 18th, 2016
Tajikistan Part 2 from Dushanbe to the Kyrgyzstan border June 19th to 27th, 2016
Kyrgyzstan from Tajikistan border in Pamir to Kazakhstan border June 27th to August 9th, 2016
Kazakhstan –  from Kyrgyzstan to Russia border – August 9th to August 21st, 2016
Russia Part 1 – from Kazakhstan to Mongolia border in the Altai region August 21st to October xxth, 2016
Russia Part 2 from Mongolia border in the Altai region to xxxxx October xxth to November xxth, 2016
 
 
Uzbekistan Map
 
 
               Map of Central Asia
 
latest picture: May 30, 2016
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001  The 1½ mile [2.5km] long and 33 ft. [10m]
high mud wall of “Itchan Kala”, Khiva’s old city,
was built in the 18th century. The oasis of Khiva
in the northwest of Uzbekistan was a vital
staging point for the caravans of the Silk Road
002  The restored “Ata Darwaza” West
Gate of Khiva’s old town with the ticketing
office. Most sights are included in the
2-days’ pass of US$6
003  Statue of the mathematician
al-Kwarizimi outside the
West Gate of Khiva’s old city
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
004  Map of the ancient trade routes, generally
known as Silk Road. Silk was one of the
traded luxuries. The Silk Road started in
China and ended after 5’000 miles [8’000km]
and through 13 countries partly in Turkey
005  The “Islam Khoja Komplex” is
Khiva’s newest Islamic monument.
The madrassa and the minaret
were built in 1910
006  The “Kutlug Murad Inak Madrassa”
at Khiva’s old city impresses
with its lovely niches
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
007  The minaret of “Itchan Kala’s”
Friday Mosque (Juma), Khiva’s walled old
city. Like in pic #9 the minaret is ascendable
008  Detail of the “Islam Khoja
Minaret” in Khiva
009  The “Islam Khoja Minaret” with its
148ft [45m] is the tallest minaret in Khiva’s
old town and is like #7 ascendable
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
010  A group of Uzbek women is
on its way to Khiva’s old town
011  Traditional puppets are on display
at a souvenir stall in Khiva’s walled city
012  Uzbek metal bread stamps, called
“chekichs” at Khiva’s bazaar. They have
different patterns and are traditionally used
to decorate flat breads (see picture #81)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
013  “Reliable?” A kind of Post Office
behind the walled city of Khiva
014  “Who is winning?” Three girls
concentrate on their board game
015  The mother within the Khiva old town
is proud that we smile at her cute baby
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
016  The camel Katya is waiting for
tourists who want to have a picture
taken with it outside the “Mohammed
Rakhim Khan Madrassa”
017  The turquoise tiled “Kalta Minor” Minaret,
which Mohammed Amin Khan began to build in
1851 was never finished due to his early death
and remained at a height of 95 ft. [29m]. His
dream was to build a minaret so high (262 ft.
[80m]) so he could see all the way to Bukhara
018  The silhouette of the minaret
of the “Bikanjan Bika Madrassa”
of Khiva taken against the sunset
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
019  View towards the South from
the minaret of “Itchan Kala’s”
Friday Mosque (Juma) in Khiva
020
021
Khiva: From the watchtower at the “Khuna Ark’ – the Khiva rulers’ own fortress and
residence – we enjoy a splendid view over towers, domes, minarets,
madrassas and adobe buildings of the medieval town
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
022  A beautifully carved pillar
at the “Khuna Ark” in Khiva
023  “I am here!” Emil looks cheekily out
of a window at the “Khuna Ark” in Khiva
024  View from the “Khuna Ark” to
the western mud wall of Khiva’s old city
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
025  The Lali Opa Guesthouse near the
West Gate of the walled city of Khiva
where we spent a relaxed time
with other overlanders
026  “Emergency meeting” at the Lali Opa
Guesthouse in Khiva due to the interrupted
Pamir Highway in Tajikistan by mudslides
and a destroyed bridge. Present are (in front
from left): Herbert, his son Klaus and Emil.
Behind left Thomas, the friend of Klaus,
and another German guest
027  We take farewell of Herbert,
Ingrid and son Klaus (on motorbike)
on the ground next to the Lali Opa
Guesthouse in Khiva
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
028  Two little friends on a bicycle tour
around the walled city of Khiva
029  A remembrance picture with Clelia
and Jürgen at the Lali Opa Guesthouse in
Khiva. We first met in Sharjah in the UAE.
They are touring with a Honda Transalp
motorbike each. An accident in Turkmenistan
“immobilizes” Clelia for some time
030  Liliana in front of the beautifully
carved wooden door “Tosh-Darvoza”
(Stone Gate) in the South of Khiva’s
1½ mile [2.5km] long mud wall
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
031  Some of the 218 wooden columns
supporting the roof of the Juma (Friday)
Mosque in Khiva
Close view of madrassas from the minaret of the Friday Mosque:
032  “Mohammed Amin Inaq” Madrassa
033  “Arab Mohammed Khan”
Madrassa (according to Google Earth)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
View from the minaret of the Juma Mosque to the ancient city of Khiva:
036  Market place at the east portal of
„Itchan Kala”, the ancient city of Khiva;
in the background the “Allah Kuli
Khan Tim” bazaar hall
034  Towards West: The “Pahlavon
Mahmud” Alley and in the back the
“Kalta Minor” Minaret
035  Towards East: In front “Qutlugh
Murad Inaq” Madrassa and behind it
“Allah Kuli Khan” Madrassa
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
At Khiva’s bazaar in the old town:
037  The market woman fans on the
coals for grilling shashlik, a national dish
038  Is she selling beer or fruit juice? It
reminds Emil to Moscow when in 1995
we brought our own liter bottles to such a
barrel to let them fill with beer. ‘MOPC’
means in Russian namely ‘fruit drink’, but the
picture points rather to ‘ПИВО’ - Pivo (= beer)
039  A varied offer on a small place
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
040  Spices that spread an exotic
scent belong to all the oriental bazaars
041  Eye-catching: Pyramids of grated carrots
042  Peanuts, walnuts, almonds, raisins
and dried fruit are never lacking at a bazaar
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
043  “Guaranteed fresh!” proves the
meat seller at the Khiva bazaar
044  A daily “ritual” at the bazaar: Displaying
the goods and waiting for customers
045  The potato seller lady smiles into
our camera. Her gold teeth are a sign
that she is well off
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
046  A water pump in a side alley of
Khiva – a sign that running water
is not insured for everybody
047  Shoemakers at the Khiva bazaar
are repairing shoes with antique
sewing machines
048  A smoking chimney? No, a cloud
“sailing” at sunset above Khiva’s
“Kalta Minor” minaret
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
049  View over the Amu Darja River between
Khiva and Bukhara: Besides power production
the Amu Darja River serves for agricultural
irrigation and follows intermittently the borders
between Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan resp.
Afghanistan. It’s the continuation of the
Panj River from Tajikistan and ends in the
drying up Aral Sea
050  Persian silk tree (Albizia julibrissin)
– a kind of acacias in its full bloom
051  On the monotonous desert drive
between Khiva and Bukhara the sight of
the pond with its green reed belts, about
25 miles [40km] before the city,
is a pleasant dash of color
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
052  On the Westside of the Lyab-i Hauz
Plaza in Bukhara stands the “Nadir
Divanbegi Khanaka”, a sufi cloister for
religious ceremonies with a display of old
photos and paintings of the town …..
053  ….. beautifully elaborated
tile work of the façade
054  The Lyab-i Hauz Plaza in Bukhara
with its old mulberry trees around a pond
and its garden restaurant is a cool
oasis in the heart of the town
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
055  A local women group is posing for a
picture at the Lyab-i Hauz Plaza in Bukhara.
Local groups visiting their sights are
quite common in Uzbekistan
056  Two peacocks holding lambs
are the masterpiece of the façade of the
“Nadir Divanbegi” Madrassa at the
Lyab-i Hauz Plaza in Bukhara
057  Part of Bukhara’s old citadel wall
(Ark of Bukhara – 2’591 ft. long [790m].
Bukhara is one of the oldest
Central Asian towns
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
058  A lady with a beautiful traditional outfit
walks determined through Bukhara’s streets
059  At Bukhara’s old city wall Usbek
tourists ask for a picture with Liliana
060  A lovely couple on a photo
shooting session in Bukhara
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
061  The inner court yard of the
“Mir-e Arab” madrassa in Bukhara
062  An incredible oriental splendor
at the entry gate of the “Mir-e Arab”
madrassa in Bukhara
063  View over the old city complex of
Bukhara with its covered domed Tok-i
Zargaron bazaar in the foreground, the
Mir-i-Arab Madrassa with its blue
domes and the Kalon minaret
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
064  The corner of the carpets
at the Bukhara bazaar
065  Photoshooting with the backdrop of
historic “Chor Minor”, the gatehouse of a
long-gone madrassa built in 1807, with its four
sky-blue turrets in a peaceful alley of Bukhara’s
old town (coord. 39.77463/64.42742)
066  Who is fond of a glittering
waistcoat can find it at the “Chor Minor”
souvenir stall in Bukhara
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
067  The “Po-i Kalon” complex is the focal
point of Bukhara and one of the great centers
of trade and scholarship along the Silk Road:
At left the “Mir-i-Arab” Madrassa, at right
the Kalon Minaret and just right beside it
the entrance to the Kalon Mosque
068  The 154 ft. [47m] high Kalon
Minaret in Bukhara was built in 1127
with 14 different ornamental bands.
Unfortunately it’s not possible to ascend it
069  The “Mir-e Arab” madrassa
in Buchara shines in the golden
splendor of the setting sun
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
070  Samarkand: The “Ulugh Beg”
Madrassa is one of the three impressive
madrassas on the “Registan” Square.
It is saturated from head to toe
in mesmerizing motifs
071  The “Registan” Square in Samarkand,
flanked by three towering madrassas, is the
heart of the ancient Silk Road and Central
Asia’s most beautiful architectural ensemble.
It once was the market area where also
parades were held and slaves traded, where
trials and executions took place. In the back
(frontal view) the “Tilya Kori” Madrassa
072  The “Sher Dor” Madrassa
on the “Registan” Square is the mirror
piece of the “Ulugh Beg” Madrassa
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
073  Beautiful mosaics adorn the “Ulugh
Beg” and the „Tilya Kori” Madrassas
074  Splendor in blue and gold: Interior
of the “Ulugh Beg” Madrassa
075  Ceiling (arch) in the “Ulugh Beg”
Madrassa in its intriguing fine art
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
076  View from the northeastern park
to madrassas, minarets and domes of the
“Registan” Square in Samarkand
077  Inner court of the „Sher Dor” Madrassa at
the “Registan” Square in Samarkand, nowadays
(unfortunately) dotted with souvenir shops
078  Four local women relax on a bench
and watch the many foreign tourist groups
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
At the busy and colorful Siob Bazaar in Samarkand:
079  View across the long rows of goods
080  Nuts and dried fruit belong to the
standard assortment. Combined they
often are assembled to decorative
patterns, like here in the front row
081  ”Do we need bread?” Emil stops
at a market stall with deliciously smelling fresh
Usbek bread. The flat round bread is baked in
clay ovens (tandyr) and afterwards decorated
by stamps (chekichs - see picture #12)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
082  The corner with milk products –
farmer cheese, cream, yoghurt
083  Delicious sweet raspberries
084  Potatoes, carrots and
onions in abundance
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
085  A remembrance picture in front of
“Shah-i-Zinda” – the avenue of mausoleums
in Samarkand, 650 yards [600m] east of
the Siob market. For the local people
it is a place of pilgrimage
086  Emil with his camera at the
“Mausoleum Avenue” in Samarkand
087  “Can I make a little movie?” a visitor
of the mausoleums in Samarkand asks.
Usbek people love to take pictures
with foreigners
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
088  A stunning sight: Mausoleum
with their wonderful tiled blue facades
standing side by side at the necropolis
“Shah-i-Zinda” …..
089  ..... detail of the interior
decor of the mausoleum …..
090  ….. every inch is testimony of a
craftsmanship at its finest in the “Kusam
Ibn Abbas Complex” (mosque, mausoleum,
prey room). Kusam Ibn Abbas was a
cousin of the prophet Mohammed
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
091  Brilliant dome of the “Gur-e-Amir”
tomb of Tamerlane – called also
Timur – in Samarkand …..
092  ….. in the “Gur-e-Amir” mausoleum
in Samarkand are the tombs of
Tamerlane, his sons and grandsons …..
093  ….. richly elaborated upper part
of the minaret of the “Gur-e-Amir”
Mausoleum in Samarkand
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
094  The Bibi Khanym mosque dates back to
the 15th century. Legend has it that Bibi
Khanym, Tamerlane’s favorite wife, let build the
mosque in honor of his return from India …..
095  ….. it still needs plenty of restoration
work to bring its former glory back to
the interior of the Bibi Khanym Mosque
096  Besides all the Islamic Buildings in
Samarkand, the Russian Orthodox Cathedral
of Saint Alexey is also eye-catching
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
097  Liliana makes herself comfortable
at a “chaikhana” – a teahouse. Chaikhana’s
are very popular. After the meal one can
even stretch out for a siesta
098  In Gulistan, the last town before the
Tajikistan border, we follow a spontaneous
invitation to a hostel. We are served soup, salad,
bread, yoghurt and tea, but cannot be hosted due
to the missing state-approved foreigner license
099  There are still higher loaded
vehicles than our LandCruiser!
On our way to the Tajikistan border
 
The African trip 2013-16:
CapeVerde: Santiago/Praia part 1 – November18th to December 13th, 2013
CapeVerde: Fogo – Dezember13th to 23rd, 2013
CapeVerde: Brava – December 23rd to 26th, 2013
Cape Verde: Santiago/Praia part 2 – December 26th, 2013 to February 28th, 2014
Cape Verde: São Nicolau – February 28th to March 13th, 2014
Cape Verde: São Vicente/Mindelo part 1 – March 13th to 20th, 2014
Cape Verde: Santo Antão/Eastern side part 1 – March 20th to April 7th, 2014
Cape Verde: Santo Antão/Western side part 2April 7th to 10th, 2014
Cape Verde: São Vicente/Mindelo part 2April 10th to 29th, 2014
Namibia Part 1 from Walvis Bay to Windhoek
Angola Part 1 September 26th to October 4th, 2014
Angola Part 2 October 4th to 22nd, 2014
Namibia Part 2 from Windhoek to the Angolan border, back again and on to South Africa
South Africa Part 1 from Namibia border to Capetown January 22nd to February 23rd, 2015
3rd Major Repair of our LandCruiser FJ60 - 1982  (due to two broken sideshafts)
South Africa Part 2 from Capetown to Tsitsikamma National Park February 24th to March 13th, 2015
South Africa Part 3 from Addo National Park to the Lesotho border March 13th to April 7th, 2015
Lesotho April 7th to 15th, 2015
South Africa Part 4 from the Lesotho to the Swaziland border April 15th to 23rd, 2015
Swaziland April 23rd to 28th, 2015
South Africa Part 5 from the Swaziland to the Botswana border  April 28th to May 15th, 2015
Botswana
Zimbabwe
Mozambique
Malawi
Armed Robbery in Malawi on July 31st/August 1st, 2015
Tanzania
Kenya
Ethiopia Part 1 – from Kenya to Djibouti October 25th to November 18th, 2015
Djibouti October 18th to 27th, 2015
Ethiopia Part 2   from Djibouti to Sudan November 27th to December 9th, 2015
Sudan December 9th, 2015 to January 8th, 2016