The silk road splits from Kashgar(Karakoram).The Northern route goes through the Gobi desert to the oasis towns of Urumqui, and Turpan. The southern route takes the hostile Taklamakan route via Khotan and hooks up again at Turpan. These pictures are along the Northern route. From Turpan I took a 26 hr train ride along the Gobi to Dunhuang- one of the still great Buddhist sites. From Dunhuang the silk road takes the Gansu corridor all the way to its terminus in Xian- The greatest City in the World until the 12th century.
© Ramdas Iyer Photography