"Uzbekistan-The Silk Road Wonder" Top 5 Page for this destination Uzbekistan by johnsakura

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Uzbekistan is a wonderful place to visit in Central Asia. In terms of historical sites, this is by fact the richest country in the entire region. This country holds a very important place in the emblematic Silk Road and both Samarkand and Bukhara are a must while visiting it. Uzbekistan sees itself as the most important country in the former Soviet Central Asian republics and along with its Big Boss, President Islam Karimov makes a very strong hand over the country politics and civilian laws.

Uzbekistan suffered several incursions by several different empires starting to make part of some old Persian regions, On the 4th century BC, Alexander the Great came and actually married in Samarkand with a girl named Roxana. After came a small contact with Buddhim in the Kushan dynasty and again a small and brief return of Persian power under the Sassanians. Ater the Western Turks that came down from the northern steps, came Islam with the Arabs on the 8th century but who didn’t stay for long. Persian power came back again for the 3rd time now with the Samanid dynasty in the 9th and 10th century which turned Bukhara the capital of the empire. The Great Genghis Khan came to destroy late in the 13th century. Was only after all this that Uzbekistan came to be central in the region and due to the Timur empire became a very important outpost for the huge route of the Silk Road. In the late 18th century the country started its first contacts with Russia and since then became more and more in the hands of the Lords from the North.

Apart of the well known South historical cities, there are a lot to be seen and explored to the North heading Fergana Valey. Little lakes, and big mountains are very nice to visit on the Northern part of the country.


Samarkand-Jewel of the Silk Road

Samarkand is inside everyone imaginary to be distant, exotic and full of poetic mystery.
This city already held a important place in the region and is in fact one of the oldest Central Asia settlements coming as far as the 5th century BC. Alexander the Great arrived in 329BC and said that the city Marakanda’s was even better then he actually thought. Samarkand became capital of Timur Empire in 1370 was during 37 years a huge and important economic and cultural centre. All its present day historical monuments are by the hand of himself Timur, his grandson Ulugbek and the Uzbek Shaybanids.
On the picture you have the magestic registan Square.

Char Minar

This amazing small monument is called "Char Minar" because it has 4 minarets is located in Bukhara city. This little monument taken in 1998 by UNESCO to be recovered was in fact a gate of a ancient madrassa long time gone. It was built in 1809 and has more contact with Indian Art styles than t o local art itself.
Its name comes from Tajik although the towers you can see are not actually minarets but simply decorative towers.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Nice historic monuments, Bukhara, Registan Square Samarkand
  • Cons:Political situation on the country
  • In a nutshell:Great Silk Road Experience
  • Last visit to Uzbekistan: Jul 2004
  • Intro Updated Jun 1, 2007
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  • laurenzi1's Profile Photo
    Nov 20, 2009 at 12:42 PM

    great tips & pics. awesome job on the webpage. makes me want to visit UZ!

  • TheWanderingCamel's Profile Photo
    Nov 11, 2009 at 8:38 PM

    Just home from our 2nd trip to Uz. Things are changing, but not too fast. People still great, police very lowkey, more tourists but not too many. No rip-offs. Loved it just as much as last time.

  • Sep 6, 2008 at 7:49 PM

    We ate at this restaurant in Sept 1999 and it was a great place to eat. I had fish that was deep fried whole (wit its head still on). My wife is russian so we had no problems with the menu.

  • Apr 30, 2008 at 3:43 AM

    Went to same restaurant, "royally robbed". Despite speaking some Russian. No printed menu so we asked prices of major items, not bread or side salads ... result: 1 bowl noodle soup, 1 saucer carrot, 1 saucer cucumber & tomato: 15 US dollars.

  • May 31, 2007 at 1:06 AM

    you have done a really fantastic job here joao, and it just makes me desperate to come here even more! dreaming of uzbekistan again!

  • nepalgoods's Profile Photo
    Apr 30, 2007 at 8:50 AM

    I am very much looking forward to my trip to Usbekistan!! Your page makes me want to go immideately

  • Apr 29, 2007 at 5:27 AM

    though Ive never been to the place however the photos give a warm feeling. Goodjob

  • hat53's Profile Photo
    Jul 16, 2006 at 1:31 PM

    Nice page and thanks for the tips. Hard to find any good info on this place. I'm going there next saturday an looking forward to it.

  • janetanne's Profile Photo
    Jul 7, 2006 at 6:44 PM

    How do you travel in such dangerous places? Are you ever worried or are you too young to understand? Am I too old? Whatever! Your pages are amazing.

  • kokoryko's Profile Photo
    Apr 5, 2006 at 3:32 PM

    I dream of the silk road since. . . . so long. your page is beautiful and so well informed. Thanks for making me dream.

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