The most impressive lakes in the world

From boiling lakes to vast alpine bodies of water, these are our favourite lakes from around the world. 

Asia Featured

Mosques, mausoleums and madrasas: our favourite Silk Road sights

Discover our favourite sights along one of the most important trading routes in history.

Slow Travel

Extraordinary experiences connecting with nature

Our pick of the best activities guaranteed to nourish the soul.

Trekking in the Fann Mountains

Discover the turquoise waters of the Seven Lakes and with our authors’ guide to the Fann Mountains’ best treks.

Middle East

Making the most of your time in Tajikistan

The challenge with Tajikistan is not selecting what to include but rather what to leave out.

Middle East

Five reasons to visit Tajikistan

Tajikistan’s attractions are deeply varied, discover the top five reasons to visit the ‘Roof of the World’.

Dead goat polo

Tajikistan’s national sport buz kashi is a popular and brutal game, famously known as dead goat polo.

The Yagnobi

Our authors discuss the last remaining speakers of the ancient Sogdian language.

Global Transport

I did it highway: The world’s greatest roads

Check out these classic coastal routes and steep mountain switchbacks

The Great Game and Tajikistan

Bijan Omrani explains the role of Tajikistan in the ‘Great Game’.