Silk roads is a journey through central Uzbekistan in search of snow. Using traditional silk routes to access the lesser known ski resorts in the Tian Shan Mountains, 90km east of the historic capital, Tashkent. Here we see fresh snow over the Rukhobod Mausoleum in Samarkand.
Samarkand was one of the greatest cities of Central Asia. During the 15th Century, people would gather at the Registan for royal proclamations, parades and executions. Samarkand, Uzbekistan
Samarkand’s history is one of myth and legend, it’s beauty celebrated by chroniclers and travelers for two millennia. More recently, it’s still a place of admiration. Today, traders gather under the elaborate arches of the Registan to sell souvenirs. Samarkand, Uzbekistan
Arm in arm, a couple head through Registan Square – Samarkand, Uzbekistan
In front of Samarkand’s magnificent Registan Square, a central meeting place, an un-official taxi driver beckons a fare. Samarkand, Uzbekistan
After Timur declared the city his capital, Samarkand became the centre to one of the largest empires the world has ever seen. The whole known world brought their goods to sell in the thriving city. Today, it’s a melting pot of young and old navigating the wonderful city bazaars.
The Chorsu Bazaar, meaning ‘Cross Roads’. Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Set in the old quarters of Tashkent is the Chorsu Bazaar. Uzbekistan
As the sun winds down, beautiful light is cast over the capital’s busy Chorsu Bazaar.
Sunset at the Kukeldash Madrasah, which is adjacent to the bustling Chorsu Bazaar, Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
The road to Chimgan ski resort through the Ugam-Chatkal National Park.
Locals race on horseback while heading deep in to the Tian Shan Mountains. Uzbekistan
Beldersay ski resort peaks at 2300m, located on Mount Kumble, and a sharp continental climate creates extreme temperatures, bringing plentiful snowfall, which promotes high quality snow coverage. Uzbekistan
Silk Roads – Uzbekistan © Sam MellishWith a little help needed. A mother sees that her daughter is safely on the two-man chair lift at Beldersay resort.
Views from the peak of Mount Kumble at 2300m at Beldersay Ski Resort, Uzbekistan
Skiers and sightseer’s at Beldersay ski resort, Uzbekistan
Day-trippers getting to grips with a new sport, as spectators take in the surrounding views around Beldersay.
A skier nears the top of Mount Kumble, which peaks at 2300metres. Beldersay ski resort, Uzbekistan
A hikers path leads to a ranger’s refuge in Beldersay in the Chatkal Mountains.
From December to March, Chimgan Ski Resort is packed each weekend with sightseers from Tashkent and a handful of adrenaline junkies. It’s not comparable to European resorts in terms of size or facilities, but it does have a wonderful intimate feel.
Family fun at Chimgan ski resort, Uzbekistan.
At the top of Chimgan’s chairlift is the Grand Chimgan, peaking at 3309m, it’s also the location for this snack kiosk.
Uzbek après-ski in Chimgan. A car-boot-cum-kebab-&-chai-stall where people bask in the sun, sip tea and smoke plenty of cigarettes.
On the spurs of the Chatkal range, you’ll find Chimgan ski resort. Just 90kms from the capital, Chimgan is a weekend retreat for many city dwellers and their elaborate cars
Sunset over the Tian Shan Mountains, Uzbekistan.