Gur-e-Amir was the precursor to the Taj Mahal

"“Amir Timur was an ancestor of the founder of the Indian Mughal empire, Babur, and he conquered Delhi – so the Gur-e-Amir mausoleum in Samarkand is a prototype of the Taj Mahal,” says Aijan Lasser, from Kalpak Travel, which operates tours in the country. "

Welcome To Uzbekistan

The most fascinating country you’ve never been to

The region’s cradle of culture for more than two millennia, Uzbekistan is the proud home to a spellbinding arsenal of architecture and ancient cities, all deeply infused with the bloody, fascinating history of the Silk Road. In terms of sights alone, Uzbekistan is Central Asia’s biggest draw and most impressive showstopper.

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Top Reasons to Travel to Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan is the heart and soul of the Silk Road. The Old Towns of its four UNESCO-listed oasis cities – Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand and Shahrisabz – are incredible mazes of exotic architecture and gorgeous decorative art.