Uploaded on Aug 26, 2010
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Central Asia is one of the least known & unexplored regions in world.
For much of the last Century it was simply inaccessible as part of the closed world of the Soviet Union, shrouded in secrecy & remoteness. Since the break up of the Soviet Union in 1991, it has stayed relatively undiscovered - Most people haven't even heard of it - let alone know anything about the vast rewards it offers travellers.
It has a fantastically varied culture, landscape and climate.
In some places it echoes the Himalayas with soaring jagged mountains, stunning alpine glaciers & river gorges almost unimaginable in scale.
In others there are vast deserts with ancient silk road towns rising up as living and breathing monuments to a 3000 year history that has seen many great civilisations rise and fall and leave their indelible marks.
In some parts there are people living a nomadic way of life, whereas in others there are people whose ancestors were part of the most advanced civilisations on earth in their day.While Europeans were building stone circles, and wearing animal skins, some central Asians were living a settled and sophisticated life in cities, with complex social structures and inventions such as standardised weights and bureaucracy.
Central Asia will always be associated with the Silk Road trade routes, which linked Ancient China and India with Mediterranean countries and Europe for almost 3,000 years.
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