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Tracing Tea in Kyrgyzstan | Live the Adventure Commercial

Living the adventure is at the heart of the Kyrgyz experience; an adventure through some of the world's most manificent, unspoiled scenery with unrivalled opportunities for horseriding, river rafting and trekking. And with a unique reputation for hospitality, Kyrgyzstan is a country where the wilderness, truly, welcomes you.

 

 

Tracing Tea in Kyrgyzstan | An interview with Kyrgyzstan's tourism minister Turusbek Mamashov

In this exclusive interview for Tracing Tea and the BBC, the man responsible for Kyrgyz tourism highlights his country's numerous attractions, discusses the problems facing its sector and emphasises the role that the Tracing Tea documentary will play in promoting Kyrgyzstan - and the region as a whole - as a unique destination. Translator & Editor: Michael Pye (Tracing Tea) | Interviewer: Ben Tavener (BBC Russian Service)

 

Tracing Tea in Kyrgyzstan | BBC World report on Kyrgyz Tourism | English Version

In this BBC World Service broadcast, using material generated as part of the Tracing Tea project, Ben Tavener reports on prospects for, and problems facing, Kyrgyzstan's tourism industry. Click in the centre of the pop-up video to commence playback.

 

 

 

Tracing Tea in Kyrgyzstan | BBC World Report on Kyrgyz Tourism | Russian Version

Некоторые жители Киргизии называют свою страну центральноазиатской Швейцарией - в конце концов, 90% территории занимают горы. Но с экономической точки зрения эти страны мало чем похожи. Однако в Киргизии надеются, что западные туристы помогут улучшить экономическую ситуацию. Чтобы их заманить в страну, с 2010 года на западные телеканалы выходит специальная рекламная кампания. Репортаж корреспондента Русской службы Би-би-си Бена Тавенера.

 

Tracing Tea in India | Cheeky Monks

Young monks enjoying a spot of tea in a Darjeeling monastery.

 

 

 

 

Tracing Tea in India | Brewing up a cup of Love

Makaibari Tea Estate Owner, Rajah Banerjee, explains the importance of sustainable farming practices on his organic Darjeeling estate, which also holds the current record for the most expensive chest of tea ever to be sold at auction!

 

 

 

Tracing Tea the Preview | From London to Darjeeling in Black Cab | Introduction

Meet the team as we introduce ‘Tracing Tea: The Preview,’ and talk through our plans - that is, to drive 10,000 miles from Dover to Darjeeling, in a team of three, in a London taxi. The objective? Reconnaisance of the route for the Tracing Tea documentary - and a mini-series of video shorts about the experience. We hope you enjoy them.

 

 

Tracing Tea the Preview | From London to Darjeeling in a Black Cab | An Austrian Incident

In rural Austria, Michael's own pilgrimage - to Schubert’s summer residence in Steyr - is cut disastrously short by an Austrian post-lady dozing at the wheel. Recovering in an attractive campsite on the Danube, the team await the results of the taxi’s reconstructive surgery.

 

 

Tracing Tea the Preview | London to Darjeeling in a Cab | Serbia and Bulgaria

Anxious to make up lost time, the team are forced to drive from Austria to Belgrade in one hop, the longest ssingle distance of the entire trip, and are rewarded with the charming delights of Belgrade and Sophia.

 

 

 

Tracing Tea the Preview | London to Darjeeling in a Cab | Instanbul

The team take some time to explore the sights and sounds in one of the world’s truly great cities.

 

 

 

 

Tracing Tea the Preview | London to Darjeeling in a Cab | Turkey's Far East

Having driven along Turkey's northern tea-growing seaboard, the team head south into Turkey's fascinating and little-visited far-eastern region. Here, they visit the ancient Armenian capital of Ani and take a quick rest in Dogubayazit in the spectacular shadow of Mount Ararat before crossing the border into Iran.

 

 

Tracing Tea the Preview | London to Darjeeling in a Cab | Iran

The team handle their first major beaurocratic challenge, crossing into Iran, without difficulty and explore the ancient sites of northern Persia before heading to the Caspian coast and the tea plantations of Lahijan, where they make a new friend: Mazdak.

 

 

 

Tracing Tea the Preview | London to Darjeeling in a Cab | Turkmenistan

An insight into the fascinating reality of this dictator's playground, and a trip to it's ancient city of Merv - possibly the oldest urban settlement on earth.

 

 

 

Tracing Tea the Preview | London to Darjeeling in a Cab | Silk Cities

The team rejoin the trade routes, and the tourist trail, to visit the historic cities of Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand.

 

 

 

 

Tracing Tea the Preview | London to Darjeeling in a Cab | Soviet Cities

Back to the present era, and the team take a look at Soviet city planning in perhaps its most perfect expression, Tashkent. A quick hop through the flat steppe of Kazakhstan takes them to Bishkek and a rendez-vous with the International Ataturk Alatoo University.

 

 

Tracing Tea the Preview | London to Darjeeling in a Cab | Eastern Kyrgyzstan

The team visit the old Russian town of Karakol, which proves to be a highlight of the trip, along with just about everywhere else in Kyrgyzstan.

 

 

 

Tracing Tea the Preview | London to Darjeeling in a Cab | Trekking in Eastern Kyrgyzstan

Some 'rest and relaxation' for Michael and Andrew.

 

 

 

 

Tracing Tea the Preview | London to Darjeeling in a Cab | Kyrgyzstan's Yurts and Passes

With winter closing in fast the team tackles the Torugart Pass, the quickest way to China, but also the biggest beaurocratic headache of the trip.

 

 

 

Tracing Tea the Preview | London to Darjeeling in a Cab | Kashgar

The team spend a week in this ancient trading hub and even find some time for sightseeing in between negotiating with the formidable Chinese vehicle licensing department.

 

 

 

Tracing Tea the Preview | London to Darjeeling in a Cab | The Khunjerap pass to Pakistan

The world's highest border crossing and the physical and symbolic summit of the trip.

 

 

 

 

Tracing Tea the Preview | London to Darjeeling in a Cab | A Walk in Northern Pakistan

A bit more rest and relaxation, this time set to Bangra music and involving two extraordinary and rather frightening bridges.

 

 

 

 

Tracing Tea the Preview | London to Darjeeling in a Cab | Paradise Pakistan

The team visit the ancient kingdom of Hunza, one of the world's most beautiful valleys and reputedly the inspiration for Lost Horizons. Next up is Gilgit, capital of the Northern Regions and original home of the 'polo' (a word which means 'ball' in Balti, a local language here).

 

 

Tracing Tea the Preview | London to Darjeeling in a Cab | Across the Punjab to India

Emotions run high amidst an unstable situation in Pakistan, then, just as things start to look up the taxi breaks down, possibly for good. A strained team report to you from Islamabad, Lahore and Amritsar.

 

 

 

Tracing Tea the Preview | London to Darjeeling in a Cab | A Eulogy for the Taxi

A fond look round the injured beast.

 

 

 

 

Tracing Tea the Preview | London to Darjeeling in a Cab | The Indian Grand Trunk Road

Commitments at home for Fi reduce the team to just two. Andrew and Michael tackle the considerable challenges of the Grand Trunk Road to Kolkata, crossing the country in five, very long days.

 

 

 

Tracing Tea the Preview | London to Darjeeling in a Cab | Calcutta

For Andrew and Michael, Kolkata will always be remembered for its Byzantine customs department. We spare you that misery for a lighter glimpse at British India’s greatest city.

 

 

 

Tracing Tea the Preview | London to Darjeeling in a Cab | One Last Push

A stark view of what seventeen straight hours on Indian roads can do to a man.

 

 

 

 

Tracing Tea the Preview | London to Darjeeling in a Cab | Destination Darjeeling

After five months and 12,000 breathtaking miles we made it, and it was good.