Uzbekistan:The Golden Road to Samarkand

Uzbekistan:The Golden Road to Samarkand

by Calum MacLeod, Bradley Mayhew
     
 

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From the blue-tiled splendor of Tamerlane's Samarkand to the holy city of Bukhara, which boasts a mosque for each day of the year, and beyond to the desert-girdled khanate of Khiva, Uzbekistan lays claim to a breathtaking architectural legacy. Bound by sand and snow, fed by meltwater from the Roof of the World, these fertile oases attracted the greatest travelers and…  See more details below

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From the blue-tiled splendor of Tamerlane's Samarkand to the holy city of Bukhara, which boasts a mosque for each day of the year, and beyond to the desert-girdled khanate of Khiva, Uzbekistan lays claim to a breathtaking architectural legacy. Bound by sand and snow, fed by meltwater from the Roof of the World, these fertile oases attracted the greatest travelers and conquerors in history along the fragile threads of the Silk Road. This groundbreaking guide, now extensively revised and updated, focuses on the wealth of sites and colorful legends at the heart of Central Asia, plus the best of the rest—excursions covering the major attractions of neighboring republics Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.

  • Still the only guide to cover this former Soviet republic, offering informative insights into the history, religion and culture of Uzbekistan
  • Up-to-date practical information for the traveler, covering visas, customs and specialist travel agencies
  • Hints for business visitors
  • Environmental issues
  • Special topics include the disappearance of the Aral Sea, and the life and death of Tamerlane the Great
  • Updated information on transport, food and accommodation for each city and site
  • Useful maps, together with detailed plans of principal sites
  • Suggested excursions to neighboring republics, including Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan
  • 92 color photographs
  • 22 maps

Author Biography: Calum Macleod and Bradley Mayhew graduated in Oriental Studies (Chinese) from Wadham College, Oxford University (1988-1992). Macleod has traveled extensively through Russian and Chinese Central Asia, China and Indo-China. He contributes regularly to a range of publications. Mayhew has traveled and trekked across Chinese and Russian Central Asia, Tibet, Iran and Ladakh. He has led adventure tours along the Silk Road and is the author/co-author of numerous Lonely Planet guides, including Pakistan, the Karakorum Highway, Tibet, the Indian Himalaya and Southwest China. MacLeod and Mayhew have lectured on Central Asia to the Royal Geographical Society.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789622177437
Publisher:
Odyssey Publications, Ltd.
Publication date:
08/28/2004
Pages:
335
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.76(d)

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