Once on the fabled Silk Road, and one of the several Central Asian Muslim "Stans" that emerged from the Soviet Union's breakup, this one is home to deserts, mountains, mythic cities -- Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara -- and fascinating history.

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Is reconstruction of monuments in Samarkand helping or hurting?

Adam JonesIn this fabled Silk Road "Crossroad of Cultures," a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Uzbekh authorities have been restoring and rebuilding mosques, palaces, and other historic landmarks for decades. But National Geographic recently reported that concerns about how they have been going about it in Samarkand have been coming increasingly to the fore. Read about the controversy here.

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Uzbekistan - treasure for traveller

Uzbekistan – cultural treasure of the East In the very heart of Asia, at the crossroads of the trade routes of the Great Silk Road, the many-sided and charming Uzbekistan stretches. The history of Uzbekistan has its roots in the distant past. The first states on its territory appeared as early as VIII — VII centuries BC. Cloaked in myths and legends, it year after year attracts travelers from all over the world to share its secrets and allow to touch the greatest monuments of antiquity.…

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Uzbekistan, heart of the great Silk Road

Uzbekistan is a country in the Central Asian region known historically as one of the main trade hubs on the Great Silk Road. Unique monuments of ancient architecture and a rich culture of the country, along with developed modern tourist infrastructure, attract sophisticated and adventurous travelers from all corners of the globe. Its main tourist destinations are the ancient cities of Samarkand, Khiva and Bukhara. It was these great centers of ancient culture that had a huge impact on the…

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Historical monuments of Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan is famous for its huge number of beautiful cities - historical monuments. And they all have a unique eastern charm. Even the modern cities of this country retain a particular medieval appearance. The oldest cities, which witness the most diverse historical events, reach the age of more than 2500 years. What historical monuments do you know? Maybe you have your favorites? Where would you go first of all in your unforgettable trip to Uzbekistan?

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  • A fascinating piece in Condé Nast Traveler by a woman looking for her family roots in Samarkand and Bukhara: https://www.cntraveler.com/story/uncovering-lost-family-history-in-...
    Journeying to Uzbekistan to Find the Missing Pieces in My Family History
    Curious about the two-century gap in her family's itinerant history, Sarah Khan sets out to uncover tales of those who came before.
  • Uzbekistan just inaugurated an ambitious complex outside Samarkand called "Silk Road Samarkand" (https://www.silkroad-samarkand.com/), with a pastiche medieval-stye town at its heart and including numerous hotels, restaurants, and shops: https://www.euronews.com/next/2022/10/17/uzbekistans-new-tourist-re...
    Silk Road Samarkand
    SilkRoad Site
  • Uzbekistan is certainly a very interesting direction for travel, this is one of the oldest places on the planet! For a long time the cities of this country were one of the main points of the great Silk Road. By the way this direction is not so festered by tourists.
    Here is a link to a good travel agency, for anyone who wish to journey there: https://www.people-travels.com/guaranteed-departures-tours-to-uzbek...

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    Guaranteed departures to Uzbekistan. Peopletravel presents unique price – from 990 USD - for Guaranteed Departure Tour in Uzbekistan 2019. It’s best…
  • Travel to Uzbekistan, Central Asia and along the Great Silk Road. Various tours to Uzbekistan and Central Asia by Sairam Tourism Co.


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  • This time next year, my husband and I will be returning from Australia back to the UK, travelling overland - possibly through Uzbekistan. I've just started blogging the planning and the journey itself here: http://overlanding.wordpress.com/. Any comments, suggestions, advice and other people's experiences on this kind of journey will be gratefully received.
  • Here's a photo I took of Yangguan Pass, Gobi Desert. After that...nothing, at least until the Silk Road traders reached the other side of the treacherous Taklamakan Desert, which has long been thought to mean--because it's a cool translation--The place where people go in but do not come out. Yanguan was one of the two Chinese Imperial forts that marked the end of civilisation. Maybe we can have a string of photos from Xian to Antioch?
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