Charlie crossed into Kyrgyzstan with me this afternoon after a few days in Uzbekistan. We only saw Tashkent, the capital of the country, and the Fergana Valley between Tashkent and Osh in Kyrgyzstan, but it was a nice introduction to the region.
In Tashkent we had a look around the city, saw the main sights, had some street food for lunch and looked at some old temples including one which houses what is claimed to be the oldest surviving Koran. Overall it’s a nice city and I wish we could have spent longer there but our trip is mainly focusing on Kyrgyzstan.
In the Fergana Valley we stopped at the town of Kolkand to have a look around a museum built into an old fort and also to have a look at a silk factory. While in the town our group was surrounded by a group of a couple of hundred locals who all wanted a photo of us which, as I am sure you can imagine, was a bit overwhelming but they meant well and were friendly. We also stopped overnight in Fergana itself, where we went swimming and had a nice dinner, but we didn’t stay there long.
Due to the large amount of interest we generated, and the short time we were in the Fergana Valley, Charlie didn’t feature in too many photos. However I did take this photo of him at the Kamchik Pass on our way out of Tashkent.
Our trip stays in Kyrgyzstan for a lot longer than it did in Uzbekistan so expect lots of photos of Charlie soon. It is a country that I have wanted to visit for a long time and so I am pleased to finally be here!