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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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‘The Region Initiative’ Connects Silk Road Tourism Destinations

  • Muhammad Asad and Laurel Angrist
  • 19 October 2011

Any far-reaching initiative that promotes tolerance, interfaith harmony and shared opportunity really stands out, especially in the world of travel. Such is the case with The Region Initiative, a broad-based, tri-regional responsible-tourism partnership founded in May 2010 and spanning South Asia, Central Asia and Eastern Europe with the goal of connecting communities along the ancient Silk Road.

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I’m with the Band: Sharing Music at Weddings in Bukhara, Uzbekistan

  • Stephen Lioy
  • 6 July 2011

My chance encounter with Sadriddin occurred in a local coffee shop in Bukhara, Uzbekistan. What started as an inquisitive chat between tables ended with an invitation to join him and a musician friend for a jam session in his living room. After three or four songs, he suggested that, later that night, I attend a local wedding reception at which he was performing.

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Top Five Horse Sports in Asia

  • whl.travel
  • 6 June 2011

All around the world, horses are often the star athletes of best-loved sports that go way back in history, most tracing their roots to the ancient equine traditions and horsemanship originally practiced in Asia and the East. We’ve taken a look at some of the most fascinating horse sports in Asia – tournaments, games and traditions that helped define the local cultures of which they are still an integral part today.

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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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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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