February 20, 2017

Eco-tourism in Central Asia

The effects of global eco-tourism are now evident in the mountainous topographies in Central Asia that were once isolated. The countries in Central Asia, for instance, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and Tajikistan are experiencing an exponential increase in the number of international tourists. The tourists visit the country and seek to explore the unique culture and the natural magnificence of the once distant lands. Below is a guide of how one can enjoy eco-tourism in Central Asia.

Kyrgyzstan- This country was nicknamed “Pearl of Central Asia.” Kyrgyzstan is popular for its natural magnificence that has always escaped the grasps of commercial tourism since time immemorial. The forests, rivers and the mountains are the major highlights of this country as far as eco-tourism is concerned.

Lake Issy kul, the second biggest mountain lake on earth, is the key attraction while on eco tour to Kyrgyzstan. Other prominent tourist attractions in Kyrgyzstan include Talal, Irkeshtam, Bishkek and Osh, and Kazarman.

Kazakhstan- It is well-known as the “Giant of Central Asia.” It exhibits a broad range of eco-tourism undertakings including trekking, rock climbing and rafting in the northern Tien Shen Mountains. One can as well embark on trips to the Caspian Sea and Lake Balkhash.

Tajikistan- This country is attractive for the Pamir Mountains, locally called Bam-i-Dunya (roof of the world) and thus making it a prime hiking territory. While on the nature tour to Tajikistan, take the opportunity of exploring the high, broad valleys in the middle of high peaks. Pamir Mountain is the origin of many Asia’s mountains like the Tien Shen Mountains. Tajikistan is the home to a wide variety of wild life, for example, brown bears, ibex, Marco Polo sheep and the rare snow leopards.

Eco-tourism, nonetheless it is still in the infant stages in Central Asia, is being promoted actively to get equitable development in the economy while at the same time protecting the environment.

Photos from: shutterstock.com

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