For centuries, Westerners have read and dreamed of visiting the exotic places on the Great Silk Road. Few landmarks have tantalized the minds of men more than the legendary caravan places of Central Asia. Marlowe, Keats, Milton and Kipling all wrote about these Oasis Cities, although none had ever seen them. Remote behind barriers of deserts and mountains, these cities had rarely been visited by travelers from the West. By the 18th century, the region had become forbidden to all but Muslims, and other events maintained it closed until the last few years.
It is inaccessible no longer. Now anyone can travel the length and breadth of the Great Silk Road to all these places and experience the splendors seen by Alexander the Great, Gingiz Khan and Tamerlane.