Uzbekistan:The Golden Road to Samarkand

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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 ...
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Overview

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: 8/28/2004
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 335
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.98 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 10
History 12
Land and People 28
Art and Architecture 36
Facts for the Traveller 41
Getting There 41
Security 41
Air 41
Rail 42
Overland 43
Getting Around 45
Air 45
Rail 45
Road 45
Visas 47
Uzbek Embassies & Consulates Abroad 48
Foreign Embassies in Tashkent 50
Customs, Registration and Police 51
Travel Agencies 52
Itineraries 55
Health 55
Climate 58
Clothing 59
What to Bring 59
Money 59
Photography 60
Communications 60
Electricity 63
Media and Information 63
Time 64
Accommodation 64
Food and Drink 65
Festivals and Holidays 69
Behaviour, Customs and Culture 70
Handicrafts and Costume 72
Tashkent 74
Sights 77
A Walk Through Modern History 77
Alisher Navoi Opera and Ballet Theatre 80
Metro 80
Museums 81
Old Tashkent 85
Sheikhantaur Cemetery 85
Chorsu 87
Khast-Imam Square 88
Miscellanea 89
Theatres 90
Sports 91
Shopping 92
Practical Information 92
Around Tashkent 102
Zengi Ata Mausoleum 102
Chimgan-Charvak 102
Excursion to Kazakhstan: Turkestan 107
Sights 108
Practical Information 109
Tashkent to Dzhizak 110
Dzhizak 110
Tamerlane's Gates 113
Zaamin National Park 113
Nurata Mt. Walnut Tree Reserve 114
Ferghana Valley 115
Tashkent to the Ferghana Valley 118
Kokand 119
Sights 120
Practical Information 123
Rishtan Art Ceramics Factory 125
Ferghana 126
Sights 126
Margilan 127
Sights 128
Silk Factories 129
Practical Information 130
Shakhimardan 131
Practical Information 132
Andijan 134
Sights 134
Practical Information 137
Namangan 137
Sights 139
Practical Information 140
Around Namangan 141
Excursions to Kyrgyzstan 143
Osh 144
Uzgen 148
Arslanbob 149
Kyzyl Ungar 150
Samarkand 151
History 151
Sights 158
Registan 158
Bibi Khanum Mosque 162
Bazaar 164
Shah-i-Zinda 166
Afrosiab History Museum 169
Ulug Beg Observatory 170
Chupan Ata Shrine 170
Gur Emir 171
Khodja Abdi Darun and Birun Mausoleums 174
Ishrat Khana Mausoleum 175
Khodja Akrar Complex 175
State Museum of the Cultural History of Uzbekistan 176
Museum of Regional Studies 176
Sadriddin Ayni House Museum 177
Museum of the History of the Monuments 177
International Museum of Peace and Solidarity 177
Practical Information 177
Around Samarkand 183
Urgut 184
Excursion to Tajikistan: Pendzhikent 185
Sights 185
Practical Information 186
The Road South 187
Shakhrisabz 187
Sights 188
Walk Through Shakhrisabz 190
Practical Information 192
Around Shakhrisabz 193
Karshi 194
Sights 194
Practical Information 197
Around Karshi 198
Derbent, Baisun and Sairob 199
Practical Information 200
Shirabad 201
Sights 201
Termez 204
History 204
Sights 208
Practical Information 212
Around Termez 213
Denau 215
Sights 216
Outside Denau 216
Practical Information 216
The Royal Road 217
Tim 217
Karmana 217
Navoi 218
Nurata 220
Camel Trekking 221
Gijduvan 221
Vabkent Minaret 222
Bukhara 223
History 223
Sights: The Old Town 230
The Ark Fortress 231
Zindan 234
Registan 235
Bolo Hauz Mosque 236
Chashma Ayub 236
City Walls 238
Ismael Samani Mausoleum 238
Kosh Madrassah 239
Balyand Mosque 241
Poi Kalon Ensemble 242
Ulug Beg & Abdul Aziz Madrassahs 250
Bukharan Bazaars 251
Magok-i-Attari Mosque 253
Bukharan State Museum of Art 254
Gaukushan Madrassah 254
Lyab-i-Hauz Ensemble 255
Chor Minor 257
Bukharan Backstreets 257
Sights: Outside the Old Town 260
Suburban Excursions 262
Sitorai Makhi Khosa 262
Bakhauddin Nakshbandi Ensemble 265
Chor Bakr Necropolis 266
Kagan 267
Practical Information 267
Around Bukhara 274
Hakkim Mullo Mir Khanagha 274
Varakhsha 274
Afshona 275
Paikend 275
Khorezm 277
Khiva 277
History 277
Sights: Ichan Kala 280
Sights: Dishan Kala 294
Around Khiva 296
Practical Information 297
Urgench 300
Practical Information 300
The Desert Sites 302
Ayaz Kala 303
Toprak Kala 304
Koi Krylgan Kala 305
Excursion to Turkmenistan: Kunya Urgench 306
History 306
Sights 308
Practical Information 309
Nukus 310
Sights 310
Practical Information 312
Around Nukus 316
Muynak and The Aral Sea 317
Language Guide 319
Glossary 323
Recommended Reading 325
Index 328
Special Topics
Tamerlane, Conqueror of the World 17
The Scientists 24
A Tale of Two Leaders 38
Uzbek Spice--Sevara Nazarkhan 104
Last Timurid, First Mogul 133
The Fatal Kiss 165
Ulug Beg, the Astronomer King 172
Mokanna, The Moon Maker 196
Conolly and Stoddart 202
Bukharan Life on the Eve of the Twentieth Century 246
The Death of Tamerlane 302
The Slave Trade 313
The Sea That is Fleeing its Shores 314
The Silk Road 330
Excerpts
Fred Burnaby on a feast of horseflesh 22
Alisher Navoi on the fire of truth 86
Armenius Vambury on Khivan rough justice 286
George Curzon on the stream of the ages 318
Maps
Uzbekistan Transportation 46
Uzbekistan 56
Tashkent 78
Tashkent Metro 81
Ferghana Valley 117
Kokand 124
Ferghana City 126
Margilan 127
Andijan 135
Namangan 138
Samarkand 156
Shakhrisabz 189
Southern Uzbekistan 201
The Royal Road 219
Bukhara 233
Bukhara Old Town 240
Khiva 280
Khiva Old Town 281
Khorezm 311
Lands of the Silk Road: Western Aspect 328
Plans
Registan (Samarkand) 159
Bibi Khanum Mosque 163
Shah-i-Zinda 167
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