Nestled into the southeast corner of Uzbekistan, near the Tajikistan border, sits the country’s most famous city. Samarkand boasts an incredible 2,700 years of history that includes an important role in the ancient Silk Road and a pivotal position as the headquarters of the ruthless and powerful leader Tamerlane, who conquered West, South and Central Asia, making Samarkand the capital of his empire. Yes, here the history runs deep, with a richness of legends and tales, and a culture all their own. Part Russian, part Persian, part Asian, Samarkand is unlike any other part of Asia. And recently, I went to discover the land for myself.

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