Rajabova visits Central Asia several times a year, always on the lookout for new experiences and new possibilities. She’s particularly excited about the recent reopening of the Uzbekistan-Tajikistan border: now travelers can more easily see both Samarkand and Panjakent, two of the Silk Road’s most majestic ancient cities. Rajabova has also noticed a crop of new accommodations from major Western brands, including the Hilton in Astana (which opened in 2019) and in Tashkent, which opened this year. They’re welcome additions to the scene, she says.
Rajabova has recently planned some special multi-generational trips for adventurous families. “For a grandfather's 80th birthday celebration, he brought along his adult children and his grandchildren,” she recalls. “They really treasured the time they spent traveling together on horseback in Kyrgyzstan, in some of the world's most spectacular mountains. They followed nomadic camel tracks, slept in comfortable yurts under the stars in the Kyzylkum and Karakum deserts, and breakfasted at a camp-fire next to the magnificent, fiery gas crater in Turkmenistan.”
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