Retaining something of the exotic romance of the days of the Silk Road, this fascinating region is still blessed with some dazzling reminders of its glorious heyday. Magnificent cities such as Bukhara and Samarkand still exude a timeless aura of wonder and tradition, their gradual restoration to former glory instilling in them a captivating charm that harks back to the merchant caravans of old. For nature lovers the mountains and glaciers, deserts and forests provide a bountiful abundance of fauna and flora, whilst those looking for a more cultural experience will find themselves surrounded by customs and traditions that have changed little over the intervening centuries. Remote and at times harsh, Central Asia is always magnificent and it provides an ideal destination for those looking for something out of the ordinary.
Try Boorsok - deep-fried, diamond-shaped donuts dipped in homemade jam, which are popular at Kyrgyz celebrations.