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This is the most detailed guide to Central Asia's most populous country and the heart of the historic Silk Road. Strikingly beautiful yet little understood, Uzbekistan finally has a guide to inspire independent travelling, with all the in-depth practical information required, highlighting epic landscapes through to awe-inspiring architecture. Practical details are entwined with cultural, literary, social, religious and historical curiosities to make an entertaining companion and guide. It includes up-to-date and personal reviews of accommodation, restaurants and entertainment venues across all budgets. Alongside historical detail and anecdotes, exceptional colour photography brings to life places, people and local traditions as they appear today. Comprehensive bird-watching and wildlife sections are provided by experienced twitcher and BBC journalist Ben Tavener and there is a thorough introduction to the Uzbek and Russian more

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 134 x 214 x 16mm | 260g
  • Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1st ed.
  • 16pp colour + 29 maps
  • 1841624616
  • 9781841624617
  • 158,826

About Sophie Lovell-hoare

Sophie Ibbotson and Max Lovell-Hoare have lived and worked in Central Asia since 2008. During this period they have become deeply involved in the region's tourism industry, devising national tourism strategies, advising USAid and OSCE on tourism development, promoting the destination through the BBC and print media and working with local companies to improve their offerings to more

Table of contents

Introduction vi PART ONE GENERAL INFORMATION 1 Chapter 1 Background Information 3 Geography and climate 3, Natural history and conservation 7, History 10, Government and politics 16, Economy 16, People 18, Language 19, Religion 22, Education 24, Culture 24, Sport 29 Chapter 2 Practical Information 31 When to visit 31, Highlights 31, Suggested itineraries 33, Tour operators 34, Red tape 35, Embassies 37, Getting there and away 38, Health 41, Safety 48, What to take 50, Money 51, Budgeting 52, Getting around 53, Accommodation 59, Eating and drinking 61, Public holidays and festivals 63, Shopping 63, Arts and entertainment 66, Photography 67, Media and communications 68, Business 70, Opening times 72, Buying property 72, Cultural etiquette 72, Travelling positively 73 PART TWO THE GUIDE 75 Chapter 3 Tashkent and Environs 77 Tashkent 77, Around Tashkent 108 Chapter 4 Fergana Valley and the East 111 Namangan 111, Andijan 118, Margilan 123, Fergana 125, Kokand 128 Chapter 5 Samarkand and Dzhizak Provinces 135 Samarkand 135, Dzhizak 151 Chapter 6 Qashqa Darya and Surkhan Darya Provinces 155 Shakhrisabz 155, Karshi 160, Denau 163, Termez 166 Chapter 7 Navoi Province 175 Navoi 175, Karmana 178, Nurata 180 Chapter 8 Bukhara Province 185 Bukhara 185, Gijduvan 205 Chapter 9 Khorezm Province 207 Urgench 207, Khiva 212 Chapter 10 Republic of Karakalpakstan 227 Nukus 227, Moynaq 232 Appendix 1 Language 233 Appendix 2 Glossary 236 Appendix 3 Further Information 238 Index 242show more

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'Author Sophie and Max Lovell-Hoare manage to succesfully balance Bradt's commitment to the bigger picture while cramming in the on-the-ground detail that you'd need to safely self-drive down the Golden Road.' Wanderlust Magazine 'Packed with detail and historical background' Wanderlust Magazineshow more
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