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Postcards from Uzbekistan: night in a yurt camp

Postcards from Uzbekistan: night in a yurt camp
By Seamus Kearney
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A ride on a camel and a night in a yurt camp is a popular Uzbek travel experience


Our Postcard this week is from the desert in the east of Uzbekistan.

Lake Aydarkul is one of the places where visitors can have that feeling of getting away from it all.

Key facts about Uzbekistan:

  • It’s in Central Asia, with neighbours including Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan & Tajikistan
  • With a population of more than 30 million, the ex-Soviet republic became independent in 1991
  • The total land area is 425,400 km2, with plains covering about four fifths of the territory
  • The average winter temperature is -6 degrees celsius and in summer it rises above 32
  • Almost 80 percent of the population is Uzbek and the main religion is Muslim (88 percent)

Euronews’ Seamus Kearney reported: “A ride on a camel and a night in a yurt camp is a popular Uzbek travel experience, a chance to get a real taste of what life was like back in ancient times.”

An adventure into the desert is becoming increasingly popular, with the growing development of tourist operations.

In the middle of nowhere are small camps, with traditionally-made yurts that look exactly as they did in the old days.

And after a warm welcome, time seems to stand still.

Vahid Pirmatov from the camp Qizilqum Safari told Postcards: “We have 20 yurts in our camp, where guests can enjoy the nature and also taste the traditional national cuisine.”

The yurts are simple but cosy, decorated on the inside with handmade carpets and colourful fabrics.

And as the sun goes down, the atmosphere in the camp becomes even more enchanting.

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— Seamus Kearney (@seamuskearney_) February 21, 2017

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