Traveller's Tales

Uzbekistan by train: there's a surprise at nearly every station

Philip Engelen joins a tiny tour group on a rail trip through former Soviet republic

09 June 2019 - 00:00 By Philip Engelen

Sometime last year I chanced upon a book in a charity shop in Cape Town called Eastern Approaches by one Sir Fitzroy Maclean.

Flicking through it, I noticed Maclean had been a British diplomat to the USSR in the late 1930s. It started with his story of a difficult, off-the-record trip he had taken to the ancient Silk Road city of Bukhara in what is now Uzbekistan...

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