http://www.lavacanza.in - Samarkand is the centrepiece of both Central Asian and Islamic culture. It and Bokhara in Uzbekistan are living museums and populated with friendly people. Although its popularity has increased in recent years, its "stan" image put a lot of people off. It shouldn't because really Uzbekistan is a wonderful country to visit. You'll need a tour guide and unless you are an experienced remote location traveler, I'd recommend that you take a tour. Both local and international tour companies offer these. Learn more about this fascinating country.