In one sense I had a clear direction, but I was searching for a direction too. Your mind starts to wander. Where is the final point? It became a kind of meditation. My thinking was thinking completely free. Within the familiarity you notice the changes — the weather, the light, the people.
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After his first, three-day recording session, he had six versions of one theme and decided he loved them all. Leave Sentob via Lake Aydarkul to the next mountain village called Hayat. Drive though vast Kyzyl-Kum steppes and arrive at the lake. Watch the rich aquatic bird life, swim or just stroll along the lake shores. Continue to Hayat village. Excursion in the village. Visit an ancient irrigation channels, petroglyph site and meet the local people going with their daily livelihood activities.
The luggage will be transported by donkeys. En route visit community watermill and ruins of Mongol fortress. On the way visit the ruins of medieval observation point. Return to Asraf village, after lunch leave for the next destination. Breakfast with the family. Start hiking up Sentob valley, pass an old watermill, ruins of ancient fortress and an Arabic script on a rock. The hike leads you along a crystal clear mountain stream with small water-falls, lush vegetation and natural swimming pools.
Have a picnic on the way. The valley is great for bird watching and has a very diverse flora. Return to Sentob the same way. Dinner with the host family Overnight stay in a local homestay. In the summer, many villagers move up to their mountain huts near Fazilman lake to grow vegetables in fertile mountain plateau. On the way to the lake, you will meet many farmers bringing fodder or firewood on donkeys from the mountains down to the village.
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Have a picnic and a good rest at the lake and return to Sentob via Saridasht. Dinner with the host family. Overnight stay in a local homestay. On the main Nurata-Jizzakh tar road branch off near Andigen village to the dirt road which takes you through vast Kyzyl-Kum steppes to the lake Aydar.
Driving through Kyzyl-Kum you might spot steppe tortoises, hares and desert agamas. Arrive at the lake, depending on the time of the year you can have a swim, walk along the lakeshore or watch the rich aquatic birdlife cranes, pelicans, many duck and goose species and numerous waders etc. At the lake, you will meet many fishermen from the villages nearby.
Your host welcomes you and shows the homestay facilities. The homestay has six separate guestrooms, furnished with carpets, kupacha mattresses and pillows. The owner of the homestay Parda Musaev works as warden in the Nature Reserve. According to official statistics, approximately wild sheep are outside the enclosure in the Nuratau Mountains valleys. From the enclosure, continue walking up to the ruins of local fortress Shaxi Korgon situated on the hill opposite the enclosure. From the top of the hill you will see many abandoned houses that belonged to the families who were forced to resettle in s by Soviet Government to cotton growing areas.
Continue hiking up Hayat valley. You could really spend so much more time in the country but I feel as though my one week Switzerland itinerary is a great introduction for your first visit. What do you think of this itinerary? Let me know in the comments below! If you found my Switzerland travel guide helpful or are planning to use it on your trip, I would LOVE if you could please share it with your friends! Until next time,.
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Her dreams? Always about the next destination and how to make the most of the experience. Really detailed information for travelling to Switzerland in winter for first timers like myself. Thanks so much, Marie!
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That was the idea, I love creating and sharing itineraries. This was so helpful! I will be travelling to Switzerland this coming February with my boyfriend from Singapore. So thank you so much for posting this! I am SO glad to hear that, Stephanie! I agree, sometimes planning can be a little confusing especially when you have to find little bits of information from many different sources. February will be a great time to visit as well! Thanks Alyse for the very valuable info.. I hope you love Switzerland as much as I did.
The best part is the transportation tips! Keep on roaming and enlightening other travelers!! I only ended my trip in Lucerne as I went onwards to Milan from there and it was easier. Well written article with beautiful pictures.
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Great work. Thank you for taking us on a virtual Switzerland trip. Being a Swiss I can relate to this article because I have visited all the places! Great post in Switzerland! You have some well thought out ideas on how to travel in this beautiful country! Thank you so much I really enjoyed reading it. Hi Luisa, this is a great question! The weather really needs to be on your side in order to see the glaciers from the lookout. My husband, step daughter 10yrs old and myself are going Dec 28 — Jan 6. Good on you, Aida! You will get to see plenty of snow in Switzerland for sure!
Thanks Alyse, for sharing such detailed info! We are planning a Swiss-trip between May Jun 4, Thanks in advance!
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Hi Roy, thanks for your comment! My itinerary here is designed to finish in Lucerne as is was the most convenient place to travel onwards to Milan which is what I personally did as the train connections were good.
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