"Heart of the Silk Road" Uzbekistan by bartman_9
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Uzbekistan lies literally in the middle of nowhere: cut off from Russia by the endless steppes of Kazakhstan, seperated from China by the Tian Shan mountain Range, isolated from India by troubled Afghanistan. Long ago however, this was the throbbing heart of the fabled Silk Road and the splendour of cities such as Samarkand and Bukhara was the envy of the world. Today Uzbekistan is recovering from the economic and ecological damage inflicted by seventy years of communism. To the traveller it offers a unique experience far removed from mass-tourism, very hospitable people and some of the finest Islamic architecture in the world.
The birthplace of conqueror Timur Leng makes a pleasant daytrip from Samarkand. Take a shared taxi through an incredibly... more travel advice
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