Central Asia: Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan

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Lonely Planet, 2007 - Travel - 508 pages
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Lose yourself among the blue domes and mosaics of the Registan in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. Play Marco Polo, exploring Silk Road forts while bathed in the light of the snowcapped Hindu Kush in the Wakhan Valley, Tajikistan. Watch a Kyrgyz eagle hunter in action, and taste the delights of fermented mare's milk in Kyrgyzstan. Follow in the footsteps of British spies, Chinese pilgrims and Russian explorers and embark on your own Great Game. Five authors, five 'stans, 27 visa stamps (78 visa checks), 182 pots of green tea, one (short) detention by the KGB. Everything you need to know about visas, travel permits and crossing Asia's remotest borders.
 

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Contents

The Authors
17
Itineraries
24
UstKamenogorsk
29
Snapshot
33
The Silk Road
53
Religion
64
Environment
74
Food Drink
82
Religion
275
Osh to Irkeshtam Pass
339
Festivals Events
345
Highlights
351
People
357
Sleeping
363
Istaravshan
371
Turkmenistan
398

Activities
91
Kazakhstan
102
People
108
Orientation
116
Öskemen
169
Around Semey
175
Travel Permits
181
Highlights
187
Religion
193
Dangers Annoyances
199
Drinking
206
Kyrgyzstan
269
Books
404
Activities
411
Central Asia
443
Customs
446
Photography Video
453
Women Travellers
459
Health
474
Glossary
488
Index
495
World Time Zones
506
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Bradley Mayhew was born in Sevenoaks, Kent in 1970 and currently lives in Yellowstone County, Montana, USA. A degree in Oriental Studies (Chinese) at Oxford University kickstarted 20 years of independent travel in the remoter corners of Asia, and a career writing guidebooks. He is the author or co-author of Lonely Planet guides to Central Asia, Tibet, Bhutan, Nepal and many others and is a major contributor to the Insight Guide to the Silk Road. Bradley has lectured on Central Asia to the Royal Geographical Society and recently traveled across Asia in the footsteps of Marco Polo for a five-hour French-German TV documentary.

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