A new tour will entice photography-loving travellers who want to take their camera on an epic adventure through Central Asia – including a night spent camping next to the “Door to Hell”.

The Door to Hell, Turkmenistan. Image by ©Daniel Kreher/Getty Images/imageBROKER RF

Travellers with a particular interest in photography can travel across Central Asia with World Expeditions, starting in Tashkent. From there, they will enjoy iconic sights of Uzbekistan, like the spellbinding public square, Registan of Samarkand, the ornate Summer Palace of Bukhara and the ancient city of Khiva. The journey will continue to Turkmenistan, where travellers will camp next to the Darvaza Gas Crater, or the “Door to Hell”. While the unusual spot is often compared to the gates of hell, it’s actually a collapsed natural gas pocket that has been burning continuously for the past 40 years after Soviet-era gas exploration.

The entrance of a shop lit up in the atrium of Sher-Dor Madrasah at night. Image by ©Dinozzzaver/Shutterstock

With all those amazing places to see, it’s a tour designed for anyone who doesn’t want to skip capturing every moment along the way. The tour will be led by renowned photographer Richard I’Anson, whose published work includes Lonely Planet’s Guide to Travel Photography and Lonely Planet’s Best Ever Photography Tips.

No matter what equipment the travellers are using, they will have the chance to develop their technical and creative skills – luckily while turning their cameras towards some of the most incredible places in the world. For those keen to learn new things, there will be informal learning, discussion and feedback while touring the area.

The new Silk Road Journey tour from World Expeditions is a 15-day tour leaving 4 June, and costs £3590 per person. Find out more here.


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