Advice on how to plan a trip to Central Asia to explore the Silk Road and countries like Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan.:

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Bukhara is a city on the historic Silk Road, situated between Samarkand and Khiva, the 2 other gems of Uzbekistan. Bukhara is central Asia’s holiest city and was once home to more than 300 mosques and 100 medressas. In the 9th and 10th centuries, it was the region’s religious and cultural heart, hosting the famed philosopher-scientist Avicenna as well as the Persian poets Firdausi and Rudaki. UZBEKISTAN

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This ensemble of majestic, tilting medressas – a near-overload of majolica, azure mosaics and vast, well-proportioned spaces – is the centrepiece of the city, and arguably the most awesome single sight in Central Asia... Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/uzbekistan/central-uzbekistan/samarkand/sights/squares-plazas/the-registan#ixzz3KHq67MNQ

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9 reasons to visit the Central Asia country of Kyrgyzstan - and the photos to prove it!

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"Although a cliché, Kyrgyzstan is often referred to as ‘The Most Beautiful Country in the World’ – and you can see why. Hidden in the depths of central Asia, the yawning valleys, rolling alpine meadows, glistening alpine lakes and abundant wildlife of Kyrgyzstan really do make it one of the world's most stunning holiday destinations." Kyrgyzstan: the Bradt Guide; www.bradtguides.com

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Samarkand is truly a jewel of the ancient and modern Silk Road. There is the exquisite jade mausoleum of Gur-i-Emir, the resting place of Tamerlane. Perhaps the greatest treasure is Registan Square, Tamerlane's outstanding creation, a vast complex of domes and minarets, mosques and medrassas. There is the equally beautiful necropolis of Shah-i-Zinda and the old observatory of Uleg Beg, the greatest Muslim astronomer. posted by www.futons-direct.co.uk

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A yurt... a portable, bent wood-framed dwelling structure traditionally used by nomads in the steppes of Central Asia.

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Travel Central Asia: 15 Tips http://solotravelerblog.com/travel-central-asia-15-tips/

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