Cradle of ancient civilizations, the synthesis of East and West, Uzbekistan is the richest country in history among all the republics of Central Asia, a land once traversed by traders, adventurers and explorers, still exercises an extraordinary fascination. Earth, Nature and Culture will take you to the discovery of this country that has evolved respecting the traditions and preserving evidence of a great past. A thousand colors, infinite spaces where the blue of the sky and the barren sand blend horizon: this is Uzbekistan, a land where everything tells a thousand-year history, a perfect combination of history and culture that tells us the Central Asia.
Born in the cradle formed by the rivers Amu-Darya and Syr-Darya, it boasts some of the oldest cities in the world, many of the major trading centers along the legendary Silk Road linking Persia with China. Ancient cities as Tashkent , Samarkand , Sakhrisabz, Bukhara, Khiva will amaze you with their mosques and architectural beauty and magical atmosphere that reigns in carpets, fabrics and oriental perfumes, but during the trip you will also have to know the hospitality the Uzbeks and their traditions.
A wonderful trip in Uzbekistan brought by Earth Culture and Nature that traces the most famous of the legendary Silk Road, cultural and historical overview of Central Asia and its ancient civilization, a land that holds a huge Islamic architectural heritage of the most fashionable world composed of grand mosques with multi-colored tiles, slender minarets, mausoleums and caravanserais. Thus began the tour from the capital Tashkent, whose name means “stone fortress”, one of the largest cities in Central Asia where it is worth walking through the remains of the old town, extricating itself from a dusty maze of narrow alleys, on overlooked by houses made of bricks and mud base, ancient mosques and madrassas.
Continue to Khiva, UNESCO protected site of universal value, dating from the eighth century, the citadel that kept the original urban structure within the perimeter walls and having a compact and charming old town, as intact as ever among the centers of the Silk Road.
In the direction of the Caspian Sea and Volga, Bukhara is a city museum miraculously preserved in time with over 140 historic buildings protected, and was the main center of Great Silk Road, which together in Samarkand and Khiva, took off contribution to the development of ‘ Central Asia. The ruins of Shakhrisabz dotting the roads show a great city with more than two thousand years of history, is the birthplace of Tamerlane and once, probably, his fame overshadowed even that of Samarkand, the last leg of this journey, one of the most ancient centers of the world, majestic and full of valuable monuments of Tamerlane by a blinding turquoise domes.
Tea house in chaikhanas
The tea houses, chaikhanas in Uzbekistan, have always been the main venues, along with the bazaar. They are common throughout Central Asia, Iran, North India, we find even in Myanmar. Course related to the Silk Road, welcomed travelers offering shade, hot tea served in china teapots, some snacks, in a simple and informal. Discussions and chat animated atmosphere. Today there are more caravans on the Silk Road but there are still some traditional houses away, a meeting with friends, where you can also try some simple and tasty traditional food Uzbeks: shashlik kebabs sort of giant, pilau rice with meat and vegetables; kazan kabob, fried meat and potatoes; somsa, similar to the Indian samosa, a pastry filled; all naturally sipping green tea Uzbekistan.
Originally posted 2012-07-17 05:37:54.