Central Asia (6th Edition)

Central Asia (6th Edition)

John Noble, Mark Elliott, Bradley Mayhew, Tom Masters

Language: English

Pages: 1238

ISBN: 2:00306767

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


With its medieval blue-domed cities, kinetic bazaars and remote yurtstays, Central Asia encapsulates the romance of the Silk Road like nowhere else.

Lonely Planet will get you to the heart of Central Asia, with amazing travel experiences and the best planning advice:

- inspirational images, best planning advice, local secrets, top sights in full detail and recommendations from our expert
- planning features and top itineraries to help you plan the perfect trip
- local secrets and hidden travel gems that will make your trip unique
- plus visa & permit information, activities, community-based tourism and the Silk Road

Coverage includes: Planning chapters, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Understand and Survival chapters

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Golden Horde of the Mongol empire. You might find people praying in front of the 19th-century tiled sarcophagus. Juma Mosque MOSQUE OFFLINE MAP GOOGLE MAP (Pahlavon Mahmud ko’chasi; Minaret admission 3000S; 9am-6pm) Continuing east from the Sayid Alauddin Mausoleum, the large Juma Mosque is interesting for the 218 wooden columns supporting its roof – a concept thought to be derived from ancient Arabian mosques. Six or seven of the columns date from the original 10th-century mosque (see if you

Information 9Afghan EmbassyE2 10Ak-SaiD1 11 CBT E2 12Dostuck TrekkingC1 13EdelweissC2 14Tajikistani EmbassyF3 Transport 15Avia TrafficC2 16VeloproA4 City Centre Faiza CENTRAL ASIAN $ OFFLINE MAP GOOGLE MAP (Jibek Jolu; mains 60-160som, service charge per person 10som; 9am-9pm; ) High-quality rapid-service local dishes at reasonable prices are brought by waitresses in scarf and tunic to heavy marble-topped tables. Expect queues at lunchtime. Tea costs 30som per pot. Chaikhana

Counterpointing striking red-rock bluffs, pine forests, upland jailoo meadows and a soaring alpine backdrop, the Jeti-Öghüz area makes a charming day trip from Karakol or a good starting point for summer-only hikes including taxing multi-day treks to Altyn-Arashan and Ala-Köl (Click here). Sights & Activities For a quick, easy excursion, come and point your camera at the Seven Bulls for which the whole area is named. To make the experience last a day or two, head up to Kök-Jaiyk by 4WD or on

the importance of securing Nurek Dam (the world’s highest), permits are required, adding an obvious annoyance. The easiest way around this is to use the facilities of AquaClub ( 93-732 77 77; http://aquaclub.tj/en; Nurek Reservoir; per person 170-350TJS) with its own new houseboats and various water-based activities. The Varzob River flows beside the main M34 north of Dushanbe, lined by dozens of nouveau-riche villas. There’s no one particular place to head for but there are plenty of

this trade was Central Asia, whose cosmopolitan cities grew fabulously wealthy. Traders, pilgrims, refugees and diplomats all travelled the Silk Road, exchanging ideas, goods and technologies in what has been called history’s original ‘information superhighway’. Silk Road Seattle (http://depts.washington.edu/silkroad) has articles on Silk Road history, architecture and maps. Silk Routes There was actually no such thing as a single ‘Silk Road’ – routes changed over the years according to

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