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Uzbekistan - Golden Roads and Carpet Rides



After a break of ... well ... too long, I am back on pbase!

Samarkand ... the name conjures up romantic images of the Silk Road, caravans, spices and days of travelling on camel, trading fabric, culture, flavours, sciences and faiths.
Uzbekistan hosts the most beautiful towns on the Silk Road, apart from Samarkand, Khiva and Bukhara were important trading posts. Much of it has been preserved through the centuries, and others are being restored. Although the trade route closed a long time ago, these places are now hosts to a different brand of traveller - tourists who want to take a step back in time.
Uzbekistan is a country of surprises and contradictions, and so rarely have I travelled to a place where I was welcomed with such warmth and open arms. The people of Uzbekistan are refreshingly friendly, openly curious to find out about life beyond their borders, and have the grace of hospitality ingrained into them that I felt like a welcome guest at every turn. This is a visit that I will remember - and since so little is known about this country, I have posted more tourist type photos than I normally would.

If some of the buildings remind you of Iran, it could be because Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva brought in people from Iran to design and construct the buildings. In fact, one of their main languages, Tajik, has Persian roots.

This trip was organised with the help of David Berghof and Aleksey Nizamov (www.stantours.com), who made it really easy and safe for independent travellers like me to get around.

You can click on the thumbnails for a better view. Best viewed in slideshow format.

Work in progress.
Entrance, Bukhara
Entrance, Bukhara
Sole devotion
Sole devotion
Tilt
Tilt
t1%2f27%2f604827%2f4%2f129954402.OVRBnWdp.jpg Courtyard, Samarkand
Courtyard, Samarkand
The keeper
The keeper
Ceiling detail
Ceiling detail
Towards heaven
Towards heaven
The origins of paisley?
The origins of paisley?
Shah-i-Zinda
Shah-i-Zinda
Khiva
Khiva
Moon over Khiva
Moon over Khiva
The harem walls
The harem walls
Rooftops of Samarkand
Rooftops of Samarkand
Groundskeeper, Fergana Valley
Groundskeeper, Fergana Valley
t1%2f27%2f604827%2f4%2f129985656.uF8my0gM.jpg Warding off the evil eye
Warding off the evil eye
Bibi Khanum Mosque
Bibi Khanum Mosque
Through the glass
Through the glass
Interior, Samarkand
Interior, Samarkand
Poser
Poser
Wedding Highway
Wedding Highway
Rebuilding History
Rebuilding History
Doorway to the Harem
Doorway to the Harem
View from the harem window
View from the harem window
Pahlavan Mausoleum
Pahlavan Mausoleum
Loner
Loner
t1%2f27%2f604827%2f4%2f130272512.Qe07Guhj.jpg Reflection
Reflection
Closing the deal at Shakhrisabz
Closing the deal at Shakhrisabz
Bukhara skyline
Bukhara skyline
End of tourist season
End of tourist season
Choices
Choices
The weight of knowledge
The weight of knowledge
Entrance to the Necropolis
Entrance to the Necropolis
Spices
Spices
t1%2f27%2f604827%2f4%2f130070047.mUbbTAeA.jpg Detail
Detail
Madrasah, Bukhara
Madrasah, Bukhara
Entrance to the Madrassah
Entrance to the Madrassah
Mausoleum
Mausoleum
Minarat of Islam Khoja
Minarat of Islam Khoja
Time for food
Time for food
Celestial ceiling
Celestial ceiling
Minaret, Bukhara
Minaret, Bukhara
Heavenwards
Heavenwards
Carvings and tiles
Carvings and tiles
Branches of luck
Branches of luck
The four towers
The four towers
For sale
For sale
Don't smile
Don't smile
Carvings
Carvings
Harem Courtyard
Harem Courtyard
All along the watchtower
All along the watchtower
Enter, stranger
Enter, stranger
Paler
Paler
Smile
Smile
t1%2f27%2f604827%2f4%2f129922316.NY1QeW6b.jpg t1%2f27%2f604827%2f4%2f129985756.10BUAncN.jpg t1%2f27%2f604827%2f4%2f130111774.9QgF9Huc.jpg
Sunshine
Sunshine
Inspiration for a carpet?
Inspiration for a carpet?
The tourist and the resident
The tourist and the resident
Stepping up
Stepping up
Registan, Samarkand
Registan, Samarkand
Soviet era
Soviet era
Detail, mosque
Detail, mosque
Ceiling, Madrasah
Ceiling, Madrasah
Kalta Minor
Kalta Minor
Doorway to the world
Doorway to the world
The Registan, Samarkand
The Registan, Samarkand
t1%2f27%2f604827%2f4%2f130113855.Fjepxoxp.jpg
Chess, Uzbek style
Chess, Uzbek style
Puppets
Puppets
Shoes off in Khiva!
Shoes off in Khiva!
t1%2f27%2f604827%2f4%2f130272795.qgZi2Uyt.jpg t1%2f27%2f604827%2f4%2f130299196.qD9Rx2us.jpg Me! In Khiva, Uzbekistan
Me! In Khiva, Uzbekistan
Sanctuary
Sanctuary
t1%2f27%2f604827%2f4%2f130372296.8h6M2ngu.jpg Final resting place
Final resting place
Lola and Nigina
Lola and Nigina
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