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Tashkent: a city to discover

To many travellers to Uzbekistan Tashkent is simply a necessary stopover en route to the dream destinations Samarkand, Bukhara, and Khiva. However this historical city holds many treasures and rewards deeper exploration with some unexpected surprises.
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Silk of kings

Once upon a time, the Khan of Kokand, who already had four wives, decided he wanted a fifth. He fell in love with the beautiful young daughter of a local artisan. The artisan did not want to marry off his daughter, and asked the Khan to reconsider.
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Adventure tourism in Uzbekistan
World-renowned monuments of Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva and the other ancient cities of Uzbekistan have annually attracted to Uzbekistan hundreds of tourists from all over the world. However, until present the richest natural potential of Uzbekistan has been actually little used yet.
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Samarkand
Even those who know nothing about Uzbekistan have some flicker of recognition when it comes to the mythical city of "Samarkand". Countless travellers have passed through here over thousands of years and told glowing tales of the city's splendour. Browse the internet, read the travel tales, legends and firsthand accounts of travellers from all over the world who have been to Samarkand.
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Shakhrisabz: epoch of Amir Temur

Always an important stop on the branch of the Great Silk Road that led south to the sea, Shakhrisabsz is today a popular one or two day trip from Samarkand or a detour on the way to Bukhara. Situated in a fertile plain, with the Gissar mountain as a spectacular backdrop, Shakhrisabsz looks back over one thousand years of history.
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Bukhara
It seems unfortunate that the last emir of Bukhara, Alim Khan, was not able to enjoy his Summer Palace for longer. Sitora I Mokhi Khoza and its surroundings are delightful and make an interesting contrast to the 16th century old town. Take your time exploring the splendidly decorated reception rooms, the harem, the textile museum in one of the pavilions, and wander down to the lake along shady avenues where peacocks strut.
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Khiva

The history of Khiva and the Khorezm oasis is fascinating and a walk through the Ichan Kala, the old walled city of Khiva, will give you an insight into the life led there from ancient days up to the present time. You know you are nearing Khiva when you cross the legendary Amu Darya (Oxus) river. As you round the last bend, the huge citadel rises before you and the main gate opens up to the old city, Khiva's vast open air museum.
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A cultural oasis in Karakalpakstan the museum in Nukus
"Museums are not just deposits of the past but should let the past speak to the present in its own voice, which could be surprisingly different. Museums can also be the unique voice of local communities, unique because each place on earth is unique in its history, its landscape and its local cultures. I prefer to see museums as centres of living culture and active learning.
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Uzbek arts and crafts
The arts and crafts of Uzbekistan have enjoyed a well-earned fame for centuries. The pre-eminence of the applied art here can be attributed to historical conditions shaping the cultural development of the Uzbek people. Uzbeks have developed their technical and artistic traditions over centuries. The applied art reflects everyday life; its main attribute is the close connection between artistic creativity and daily material necessity.
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