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Best time to visit the Silk Road
There is little more evocative than watching camels wander their way against the slatted shadows of sand dunes in the warm spring sun
When to visit the Silk Road can seem a complicated question, if only because the route traverses a variety of countries and climates. If you're heading to western China, don't go in January; it's freezing. The continental climate there benefits from a long summer, so August and September are glorious with warm days and delicious ripe fruits everywhere. If you're Central Asia bound, March to June bring mild sunny days and little rain, perfect for sightseeing, but avoid high summer - soaring heat and bustling bazaars do not a good match make.
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The Silk Road Travel Advice
Linda Maguire from our supplier, Undiscovered Destinations shares her opinion on the best time to visit the Silk Road: ďCentral Asia particularly is lovely in April and May because it isnít too hot; you get a little bit of rain, but that helps to clear any dust and the temperature is comfortable sticking between mid to late 20s. Itís also very green at that time and the countryside is lush with wildflowers. In high summer, the land can get very parched, so there isnít much to look at in the countryside and it gets much hotter with temperatures travelling well into the 30s, which is unpleasant when youíre walking around and taking your time to look at monuments. On the flipside, winter gets very cold. The seasons are clear-cut and they correspond with ours, but the summer and winter are more extreme, so itís much better to visit during spring and autumn. In the autumn, the weather is cooler and the land is a rich blend of gold and dark green autumnal colours.Ē
Festivals & events
One of the most culturally significant in Uzbekistanís calendar of annual events is Boysun Bahori, a spring festival held in mountainous Boysun in the Surkhandarya Province. The festival dates back to pre-Islam times and is a colourful celebration of costumes, songs, dance and stories that have stood the test of time.
More about Silk Road
Unravel centuries of history on our Silk Road travel guide that leads you through what we rate and what we donít, and our best and worst of Silk Road holidays, as well as inviting you to read a brief history of the Silk Road as well as tips on food, shopping and languages that youíll find across the continents.
In order to make the most of your time we advise reading our Silk Road map & itineraries page which features information on our favourite Silk Road highlights in addition to travel times from Urumqi, Kashgar, Tashkent, Bukhara and Mary.
There are plenty of things to do along the Silk Road to help you get a deeper understanding of the people, the legends and the landscapes of this iconic trading route.
Weíve dedicated this page to answering the question: what is the Silk Road? So all you have to do is read on for enlightenment and learn about the Silk Road in detail before, during or after you set off on your travels.
If youíre planning on booking a Silk Road tour, itís a good idea to do your research before merrily packing bags and heading off on the road to nowhere.
Central Asiaís cities and mountain foothills were once pivotal to the Silk Road, and todayís journeys along these routes reveal the historic threads that bind them together.
Getting a few tips from our friends along the Silk Road is always best advice with shopping, road travel, food and packing all covered by our Silk Road travel advice experts Marianne Grimshaw and Linda Maguire.
Understanding human rights and land degradation issues is imperative for approaching Silk Road responsible tourism in the right manner and if you want to know what you can do to help or just want to know how to travel right along the Silk Road then read on as these are issues that matter.