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Merv is the oldest and best-preserved of the oasis-cities along the Silk Route in Central Asia. The remains in this vast oasis span 4,000 years of human history. A number of monuments are still visible, particularly from the last two millennia.

Merv is the oldest and best-preserved of the oasis-cities along the Silk Route in Central Asia. The remains in this vast oasis span years of human history. A number of monuments are still visible, particularly from the last two millennia.

Uzbekistan, Samarkand, Registan, Minaret of Tilla-Kari Madressa  The social network for travellers: www.timeblend.com

Uzbekistan, Samarkand, Registan, Minaret of Tilla-Kari Madressa (Islamic legal college--usually linked with great mausoleums and mosques).

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

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.

Tian Shan, Kirghizia on the border of Kyrgystan and China

6,000 Miles Through 12 National Parks

A mountain meadow in bloom, Tian Shan, Kyrgyzstan. The Tian Shan, is a large system of mountain ranges located in Central Asia.

Shah i Zinda Necropolis, Samarkand, Uzbekistan #myhappytravels @whitestuff

Samarkand, Uzbekistan-This city is noted for its central position on the Silk Road between China and the West, and for being an Islamic centre for scholarly study.

The Silk Route and Central Asia by Train.  The most usual route from Europe to China is via the classic Trans-Siberian Railway, shown in blue on the map below.  But there is another route now open to foreigners, the so-called 'Silk Route' via Kazakhstan, shown on the map in yellow.  You can also use trains to reach Central Asia from Europe and Moscow.  This page will explain routes, train times, costs and how to buy tickets.

The Silk Route and Central Asia by Train. The most usual route from Europe to…

10 top places in Central Asia

Top 10 Places to See in Central Asia

10 top places in Central Asia

What to see and how to plan a trip to explore Central Asia and the Silk Road through Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan.

Central Asia Travel: A Beginner's Guide

What to see and how to plan a trip to explore Central Asia and the Silk Road through Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan.

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