Wanderlust Travel Magazine (UK) - - From The Road -

Cen­turies af­ter an­cient traders traced their trails across Asia, their camel car­a­vans stacked high with silk, spices and jew­els, the al­lure of the Silk Road re­mains just as strong. It seems Kyr­gyzs­tan is in­creas­ingly be­com­ing your pre­ferred gate­way to this leg­endary route, es­pe­cially as three veins of the old Road once blazed through its moun­tains and rolling pas­tures.

Yurt stays be­side alpine lakes in its high steppes of­fer an au­then­tic glimpse into the mem­o­ries of th­ese ro­man­ti­cised mer­chants, while cap­i­tal Bishkek is a sur­pris­ing cul­tural de­light, as well as a handy doorstep to the rugged Tian Shan peaks.

In­ter­est­ingly, only Ge­or­gia sur­vives from 2017’s new­bie squad, with the moon­scapes of Green­land and sun-soaked fjords of Mon­tene­gro im­press­ing you. You’ve also ig­nored the scare­mon­ger­ing head­lines to ex­plore what run­ner-up Iran re­ally has to of­fer: fine ar­chi­tec­ture and warm lo­cals. RANK­ING % 1 Kyr­gyzs­tan 97.33% 2 Iran 97.00% 3 Ge­or­gia 93.33% 4 Green­land 92.50% 5 Mon­tene­gro 92.00%

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