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Burana Tower in Kyrgyzstan

“I was transfixed…when I found out about an important medieval Turkish map in Istanbul that had at its heart a city called Balasaghun, which I had never even heard of, which did not appear on any maps, and whose very location was uncertain until recently, and yet was once considered the centre of the world” […]

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Khiva Travel Guide

Khiva When you compare it to the ancient cities of Bukhara and Samarkand, Khiva is a relative youngster. Don’t let this put you off making a visit. UNESCO still deem it worthy of being a World Heritage Site and its oriental atmosphere is unforgettable to any visitor. Imagine Khiva as a city of two halves: […]

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Bukhara Travel Guide

Bukhara at a glance After Samarkand, Bukhara is perhaps Uzbekistan’s most famous city.  Like Samarkand, it was once a stop on the ancient Silk Road and today is bursting with historic buildings and monuments.  The name Bukhara, written in the Uzbek language as Buxoro, is thought by some to mean monastery, its translation from the […]

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Samarkand Travel Guide

Samarkand – Crossroads of Cultures Some places just sound exotic: Timbuktu, Xanadu, Samarkand.  At first, you could be forgiven for thinking that they are the stuff of fables, mythological places that belong in legends rather than real life.  But they’re real and here is your Samarkand Travel Guide – an incredible city in Uzbekistan.   […]

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