Start: Chennai, India
Dushanbe, Tajikistan— 13 nights
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan— 3 nights
Fly to Karakol, Drive to Naryn
Naryn, Kyrgyzstan— 8 nights
Bukhara, Uzbekistan— 1 night
Taxi to Turkmenabat, Train to Mary
Mary, Turkmenistan— Few hours
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan— 5 nights
End: Chennai, India
Tue, Sep 26 - Sun, Oct 29
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Little more than a small town at the turn of the 20th century, Dushanbe grew rapidly during the Soviet era and now serves as the national capital and home to nearly 800,000 people.Change things up with these side-trips from Dushanbe: Nurek Dam (in Nurek), Fann Mountains (in Ayni) and Hisor Fortress (in Hisor). Spend a fun-filled day on the 2nd (Mon) at Delfin Aquapark. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Iskanderkul Lake, make a trip to National Library, stroll around Rudaki Park, and appreciate the history behind Statue of Ismoil Somoni.
For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Dushanbe trip planner.
Chennai, India to Dushanbe is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Tajikistan Time (TJT), which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. Traveling from Chennai in September, expect colder with lows of 14°C in Dushanbe. On the 10th (Tue), you'll travel to Nur-Sultan.
Things to do in Dushanbe
Proto-urban site of Sarazm, Nurek Dam, Iskanderkul Lake, Fann Mountains, Hisor Fortress
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First Akmola, then Tselinograd, and now Astana: the city's latest name means "capital," something Astana became in 1998.Nur-Sultan is known for shopping, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from Bayterek Tower, walk around City Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hazret Sultan Mosque, and browse the different shops at Khan Shatyr.
For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Nur-Sultan tour itinerary maker.
Traveling by flight from Dushanbe to Nur-Sultan takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Tajikistan Time (TJT) to East Kazakhstan Time (ALMT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. While traveling from Dushanbe, expect colder days and a bit cooler nights in Nur-Sultan, ranging from highs of 8°C to lows of -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Naryn.
Things to do in Nur-Sultan
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Perched high in the Tian Shan range, Naryn offers scenic views of the mountains and a picturesque gorge cut by the Naryn River.Step out of Naryn with an excursion to Kol-Ukok Lake in Kochkor--about 1h 45 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Song Kol Lake, look for all kinds of wild species at Eki-Naryn Valley, appreciate the views at Tash Rabat, and admire the landmark architecture of Blue Mosque.
To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Naryn trip planner.
The Route module can help you plan travel from Nur-Sultan to Naryn. On the 22nd (Sun), you're off to Bukhara.
Things to do in Naryn
Tash Rabat, Kol-Ukok Lake
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City of Museums
Inhabited for millennia, the city of Bukhara boasts a World Heritage-listed center teeming with historic mosques, madrassas, pools, and ancient ruins.On the 22nd (Sun), make a trip to Moschea Bolo-khauz, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mir-i-Arab Madrasa, and then make a trip to Lyab-i-Hauz.
For where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Bukhara attractions planning site.
Getting from Naryn to Bukhara by car takes about 20 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Naryn to Bukhara. In October, daytime highs in Bukhara are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Mary.
Things to do in Bukhara
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Prosperous thanks to its successful cotton growing and processing industry, Mary retains much of the Soviet-era sensibility once prevalent in this part of the world.To find out how to plan a trip to Mary, use our trip itinerary maker.
Traveling by combination of taxi and train from Bukhara to Mary takes 10.5 hours. October in Mary sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 11°C at night. You will leave for Ashgabat on the 24th (Tue).
Things to do in Mary
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A Soviet-like grid of opulent marble edifices in the center of the desert, Ashgabat paints an unusual picture.Ashgabat is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Parthian Settlement of Nisa, see the interesting displays at Turkmen Carpet Museum, take an in-depth tour of Ashgabat National Museum of History, and pause for some photo ops at Independence Monument.
To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Ashgabat attractions planning website.
You can drive from Mary to Ashgabat in 6.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 12°C. On the 29th (Sun), you're off to home.
Things to do in Ashgabat
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