"The best guidebook to bring is the Uzbekistan volume in the Odyssey series... It is one of those rare travel guides that is a joy to read whether or not you are planning a trip."The New York Times
From the blue-tiled splendor of Tamerlane's Samarkand to the holy city of Bukhara, 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 have attracted travelers and conquerors along the fragile threads of the Silk Road throughout history. This groundbreaking guide focuses on the wealth of sites and colorful legends along Central Asia's golden road.
Includes: informative insights into the history, religion and culture of Uzbekistan; special topics including the disappearance of the Aral Sea, and the life and death of Tamerlane the Great; up-to-date practical information for the traveler, covering visas, customs and travel agencies; hints for business visitors; environmental issues; useful maps, together with detailed plans of principal sites; and more.
About the Author
Calum MacLeod is the Asia Correspondent for the newspaper USA Today. He graduated in Oriental Studies (Chinese) from Wadham College, Oxford University, and has travelled extensively through Central Asia. A Beijing resident, and co-author of China Remembers (OUP), Calum has lectured on Uzbekistan to the Royal Geographical Society, London.
Bradley Mayhew was born in Sevenoaks, Kent in 1970 and currently lives in Yellowstone County, Montana, USA. A degree in Oriental Studies (Chinese) at Oxford University kickstarted 20 years of independent travel in the remoter corners of Asia, and a career writing guidebooks. He is the author or co-author of Lonely Planet guides to Central Asia, Tibet, Bhutan, Nepal and many others and is a major contributor to the Insight Guide to the Silk Road. Bradley has lectured on Central Asia to the Royal Geographical Society and recently traveled across Asia in the footsteps of Marco Polo for a five-hour French-German TV documentary.