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The Golden Road to Samarkand

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.


“...The best guidebook to bring is the Uzbekistan volume in the Odyssey series, written by Calum Macleod and Bradley Mayhew. 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

“...Quintessential guidebook...glorious!...” - Houston Chronicle

“...Quite excellent. No one should visit Samarkand, Bukhara or Khiva without this meticulously researched guide...” - Peter Hopkirk, author of The Great Game

“...The best guidebook on Uzbekistan available. Land in Tashkent without it at your peril...” - Tom Bissel, author, 'Chasing the Sea: Lost Among the Ghosts of Empire in Central Asia'


+ Fifth edition

+ 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

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Tashkent, Bukhara, Khiva and the Golden Road to Samarkand


Calum Macleod - Author
Bradley Mayhew - Author


Publication Date : July 2004
Category : TRAVEL/Asia
Paperback ISBN 13 : 978-962-217-743-7
Edition : Fifth Edition
Paperback Price : US$ 23.95, GB£ 15.95
Format : 8in x 5.5in
Pages : 336
Photos : 92 color
Maps : 23

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