About Central Asia

Geography and People

Grassy steppes, wind-blown deserts, perilous mountain ranges and fertile valleys comprise the richly varied geography of Central Asia. This is the land that once hosted Silk Road caravans, nomadic empires and oasis kingdoms. Modern day Central Asia is home to many different ethnic groups, diverse people who have always intermingled in a region that exists today as five separate nations: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.