Uzbekistan: travel books to read before you go
This excerpt from Lonely Planet’s Central Asia guide provides a selection of travel literature to get you in the mood for your trip...
Places in Uzbekistan
The region of Central Uzbekistan packs a serious historical, architectural and religious punch with big names like Samarkand, Bukhara, Shakhrisabz, Termiz and Nurata in the line-up. Samarkand alone will elicit an audible sigh of awe from any local you discuss your travel plans with, as will Bukhara, both famed as historical and religious giants of the region.
Sprawling Tashkent is Central Asia’s hub and the place where everything in Uzbekistan happens. It's one part newly built national capital, thick with the institutions of power, and one part leafy Soviet city, and yet another part sleepy Uzbek town, where traditionally clad farmers cart their wares through a maze of mud-walled houses to the grinding crowds of the bazaar.
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Travel literature review: A Carpet Ride to Khiva
A Carpet Ride to Khiva: Seven Years on the Silk Road by Christopher Aslan Alexander Rating: 4 out of 5 Reviewed by Steve Waters Steve Waters once crossed the Torugart Pass in Kyrgyzstan twice in one day having been re...