Uzbekistan Airways was reasonable for a short flight

We flew on Uzbekistan’s national carrier, Uzbekistan Airways, from its capital, Tashkent, to Urgench in the west of the country near the border with Turkmenistan. Although there were two daily flights at 7am and 1pm, we took the early flight, which unfortunately meant a 4.30am alarm call. We were amongst the first to check in, […]…

Sightseeing in Tashkent

When our travel agent suggested flying into and virtually straight out of Uzbekistan’s capital Tashkent, we were somewhat surprised. Currently Central Asia’s largest city, and the fourth largest in the former USSR, we felt it deserved two days of sightseeing: one with a guide and one on our own. As an enormous earthquake in 1966 […]…

A good location near Tashkent airport

The 50-room Green Park Hotel was home for two nights at the beginning of our Central Asia tour. Located in the Yakkasarai district of Tashkent, Uzbekistan’s capital, it was modern and appeared relatively new. Our small, ground floor room (115) had a comfortable double bed with huge padded headboard in shades of brown and cream […]…

Turkish Airlines – Still not the best and not the worst

Our rule is simple: flights over five hours mean business class. However, on a recent trip to Central Asia, flying via Istanbul, only one flight was over the magic number, but with four hours to kill in Istanbul airport, we bit the bullet and upgraded. On the four flights, we experienced three types of aircraft […]…


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An adventure in India

Steve Aldridge discover the iconic tigers and temples of India on a journey across the north….

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