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OK, I can answer a good part of this. From Europe, you can get into Russia fairly simply with a visa - tourist visa is for 1 month max, however, which is a bit limiting (maybe not for you, but it was for me). From there I went south and into Kazakhstan, across Uzbekistan, into Tajikistan. Afterwards I continued north - Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, back into ...


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Ah, a place I want to return to - Central Asia! What about Uzbekistan too? ;) Interest regarding scenery and culture Tajikistan is basically a country on mountains. Kyrgyzstan has the flat area around Bishkek, but quickly climbs in any direction out of there. Kyrgyzstan has the lakes (Issyk-Kul is stunning, like a Kyrgyz Cancun!), while the trekking in ...


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From Tbilisi to Baku you can go via train #38/37. It goes every day, so there is no problem with that. From Baku you can get to Aktau (Kazakhstan) via ferry. People who used this ferry are saying it has no stable schedule, so you can contact ferry station by phone: (99412) 493-19-63 (99412) 498-10-13 Also you can go to Türkmenbaşy ...


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Am in Tajikistan now and can tell you that even in summer there's snow at the top of the big peaks. So I'd say it could easily surprise and come before October... Shared taxi is the safest option in a landcruiser or similar, but hitching is another fun way to try it ;)


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Accprding to this information, this winter the road were open and were cleaned sometimes, but still it is in awful condition: Also you can easily stuck on the highway, if any avalanche happens, and wait for sometime anyone will clean it.


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Well, there is a phrase: "If you don't drink the tea, where your power come from?" (in Russian it's much more poetic :). The process of drinking the tea is realy a huge part of culture and traditions in Central Asia. Generally, most popular is a various sorts of green tea. It's been prepared for a 5 minutes, with additional heating. The cafes there are ...


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Indian or Ceylon tea is very popular in the post-USSR countries. Here's an example. The black varieties taste different from what we know in the Western world. I find it to be close to the Earl Grey tea. Generally in the USSR they didn't have varieties, they had colors of the packaging: golden Indian tea and green Indian tea (both blacks, I'm not familiar ...


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Ahmed Tea is very popular in the Central Asian republics/Azerbaijan, it's a British tea company that should be readily available. Most of my friends (and I myself) use this tea. They also drink a lot of granulated tea in Kazakhstan, or at least the family I lived with did. Kazakhstan usually drinks tea black and with or without milk. There are also several ...


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According to my friend from Fergana The Teas that they used to drink were primarily of 2 varieties: Green: Tea 95 Black: Indian Tea (The One at the top) The current tastes and varieties may vary and though the ceremonies remain the same. If you are ever in New York City you can visit Rego Park in Queens where there is a lot of people from former ...



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