Mongolian Rally – Khan Touch This Team
Georgia to Turkmenistan
The team are now sweltering their way through the desert – only one day to get through Turkmenistan on their transit visa which is a tough call.
Last seen in Georgia they had a quick detour into Armenia, back to Georgia and then to Baku in Azerbaijan. A bustling city on the edge of the Caspian with lots of oil installations in evidence. From there to Tehran.
The locals seem friendly as the team were given a melon by a passer-by mid U turn (lost again!).
Then 400km to the world heritage site and city of Isfahan, It flourished from 1050 to 1722, Twice the capital of Persia, even today, the city retains much of its past glory. It is famous for its Islamic architecture, with many beautiful boulevards, covered bridges, palaces, mosques, and minarets.
A 484km drive to Shiraz, (not a bottle of wine) mainly at night to avoid the heat where they visited the ancient City of Persepolis which they found very grandiose. It was the ceremonial capital of an empire that ruled from 550-330BC. It was mostly built by Darius 1 and Xerxes the Great.
Then a long long drive to Mashhad, some 1300km through desert , mostly at night with the main attractions being occasional oases. Near Mashhad, once the capital of Persia, they visited the largest mosque in the world, Imam Reza’s Haram or shrine.
An enormous complex of buildings of religious learning and worship built around seven courtyards.
And so to Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan…