Andijan, China, Fergana Valley, History, Jalal-Abad, Kashgar, Khujand, Kokand, Kyrgyzstan, Osh, Osh Region, Russia, Tajikistan, Uncategorized, Uzbekistan

Khanate of Kokand

The Khanate of Kokand  (sometimes spelled Khoqand) was a Central Asian state in Fergana Valley that existed from 1709–1876 within the territory of modern Kyrgyzstan, eastern Uzbekistan  and  Tajikistan, and southeastern Kazakhstan. Kokand  is located in eastern Uzbekistan, at the southwestern edge of the Fergana Valley.   It is the main transportation junction in the Fergana Valley and has a population of about 200,000 .  The city lies… Continue reading Khanate of Kokand

Bukhara, Chuy, Fergana Valley, History, Jalal-Abad, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Merv, Osh, Religion, Samarkind, Silk Road, Talas, Talgar, Taraz, Turkmenistan, Uncategorized, Uzbekistan

Sasanian Empire (224 CE – 651 CE)

The Sasanian Empire was the last kingdom of the Persian Empire before the rise of Islam and included parts of Turkmenistan,  Uzbekistan,  Tajikistan and Transoxiana. The Sasanian Empire during Late Antiquity is considered to have been one of Iran's most important and influential historical period

Excursion, History, Issyl Kul, Jalal-Abad, Kyrgyzstan, Osh, Prehistory, Silk Road, Tour, Travel

Petroglyphs in Kyrgyzstan

Even if you slept through history class,   there is something mysterious and timeless about petroglyphs – puzzling over the messages, events, and culture communicated to us from ancient peoples and civilizations. While much has been lost on the Silk Road,  in the harsh passage of time, these drawings have survived endless trials for thousands of years,… Continue reading Petroglyphs in Kyrgyzstan

History, Jalal-Abad, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Osh, Silk Road, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan

Sogdians

The Sogdians  were the principal merchants along the Silk Road . Not only did the they transfer goods they also facilitated cross-cultural exchanges, especially with the Chinese and the Turks. The descendants of the Sogdians, known as Yagnobis, live in a remote valley in Tajikistan  and to this day speak a language similar to ancient… Continue reading Sogdians

History, Jalal-Abad, Osh, Tour, Travel

Karakhanids

The Kara-Khanid Khanate  was a Turkic dynasty that ruled in Transoxania in Central Asia, ruled by a dynasty known in literature as the Karakhanids,  a royal titles with Kara Kağan being the most important Turkish title up till the end of the dynasty. By  assimulating Islam in their original Turkic nomadic culture, the Kara-Khanid is left the most enduring cultural heritage among coexisting cultures in… Continue reading Karakhanids