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Posts Tagged ‘Samarkand’

A Local Look at Uzbekistan’s Colourful Markets

  • Stephen Lioy (text and photos)
  • 7 October 2012

When in Central Asia, one of the easiest ways to see life from a local’s perspective is to wander through the markets of each town – places where travellers can readily find just about anything. Most of the items on sale in the bazaars of Uzbekistan are locally grown and produced, so the markets are also a great stop for anyone looking to shop sustainably and responsibly.

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Myths and Minarets in Uzbekistan’s Ancient Cities of Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand

  • Cynthia Ord
  • 28 November 2011

Uzbekistan is a premier cultural heritage destination sought out each year by more and more travellers wishing to immerse themselves in the magic of Central Asia’s Great Silk Road. How do you keep your bearings? Learn the unique stories behind the buildings. In each of Uzbekistan’s three Silk Road cities – Bukhara, Khiva and Samarkand – a landmark minaret has a myth behind it, adding a touch of intrigue to the present-day wonder.

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Photo of the Week: Gur-e Amir Mausoleum – the Tomb of Temur, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

  • Luke Ford (Photo) Cynthia Ord (Text)
  • 13 November 2011

In a place called Shakhrisabz, about 80 kilometres south of Samarkand in Uzbekistan, a giant monument to the 14th-century Mongol khan Temor (Tamerlane) marks the place he was born. The towering statue of Temor cues what is to come: in the city of Samarkand itself, even more references to one of the country’s most important historical figures are to be found, including the heavily-restored mausoleum where he was buried.

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Buzkashi: One Against All on Horseback in Uzbekistan

  • Kristina Yermakova
  • 19 May 2011

Buzkashi, which literally means ‘goat fetching,’ is a traditional horse game of the steppe nomads in Central Asia. It has been played since the epoch of Genghis Khan, the 12th-century ruler of the Mongol Empire, and variations of the game are popular in Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, northern Pakistan and Kazakhstan, as well as in Uzbekistan, where, having first found followers in rural villages, it is today a celebrated national sport.

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Photo of the Week: A Warm Smile from an Elder in Uzbekistan

  • Nabikhan Utarbekov (photo), Lyudmila Vafaeva (text)
  • 4 April 2010

Uzbekistan is valued for many things, but its most precious treasures are its historical heritage, rich culture and, of course, its people. The cordiality and hospitality possessed by local citizens make acquaintance with them an unforgettable experience for people in Uzbekistan who have come from abroad.

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Inside Uzbekistan: Samarkand, Khiva and Bukhara

  • whl.travel
  • 3 March 2009

Exploring Uzbekistan is like leafing through the pages of an Eastern fairytale. During your journey you come across ancient fortresses, emirs’ palaces, tall minarets, noisy bazaars, fragrant cuisine and myriads of legends. But beyond some of the more better-known highlights there are distinctive aspects of each place that should not be overlooked.

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E-Commerce Arrives in an Ancient City – Samarkand!

  • whl.travel
  • 27 January 2009

THIS ARTICLE IS AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH AND RUSSIAN. One of the latest additions to the whl.travel network is Samarkand, Uzbekistan, a destination that, in contrast with some of its ancient sister-city counterparts, is rather unvisited by today’s Western traveller. It has been considered by poets and historians as the “Rome of the East” owing to its impressive cultural history and numerous ancient sites.

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