MONGOLIA AND STAN COUNTRIES- Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Presented and narrated by Travel Expert Nino Mohan

First, we learn about the geography of the areas visited.

Start with Mongolia in Ulaanbaatar home of Genghis Khan, drive into the Mongolian countryside which consist of upland steppes, semi deserts, and deserts, although in the west and north forested high mountain ranges alternate with lake-dotted basins. Mongolia is mile after mile of rolling grassy plains, dotted with the white domes of Mongolian tents known as Gers. Countryside is broken up with golden sand dunes of Gobi Desert, the craggy peaks of Tavan Bogd and the Altai mountains. We will enjoy a comprehensive journey to most parts of Mongolia and meet the nomadic people. Learn about the Eagle hunters and horse captures in the steppes of Mongolia.

The stan countries are not very big but when combined they form a very large area. We will visit the treasures of Uzbekistan. It is known for its mosques, mausoleums and other sites linked to the Silk Road, the ancient trade route between China and the Mediterranean. See Khiva, Samarkand, and Bukhara major cities on the route, containing landmarks of Islamic architecture. The Mughals who came to India were from this area.

Next, we will briefly visit the other stan countries known for their own beautiful landscapes,  unique people and cultures. Stan means land in Persian and most of these countries have mountainous regions with vast views.

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