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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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from Uncornered Market

Central Asia Travel: A Beginner's Guide

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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"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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from ZigZag On Earth

9 reasons to visit Kyrgyzstan and photos to prove it

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

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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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Lake Kaindy, Kazakhstan: The lake was created as the result of an enormous limestone landslide, triggered by the 1911 Kebin earthquake @darleytravel

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from Mapping Megan

Home For Travelers: The First Place in Central Asia Where Travelers Stay For Free

“Home for Travelers” is a place where travelers can stay and rest for free, immerse themselves into local Kyrgyzstan life, and learn more about the local culture and people.

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