Reasons to Visit
Crumbing archaeological ruins, imposing Islamic monuments and stark Soviet buildings sit alongside one another in Uzbekistan, a constant reminder of the nation’s chequered and indeed lengthy history.
Uzbekistan is a Muslim country, but there is a distinctly Russian influence as well. Mosques and local dress contribute to the Central Asian feel, while at night the vodka flows in the local restaurants.
Uzbekistan's history is dominated by five conquerors, including Alexander the Great and the unstoppable Genghis Khan. Islam took root, slowly, and Soviet rule dominated, oppressively.
The bazaars and markets of Uzbekistan are vibrant, raucous and exciting, with the national pastime of haggling employed with great vigour. Start low and enjoy the banter!
The names of Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand inspire today the same excitement and allure as they have done to Silk Road travellers for hundreds of years.
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Situated 50 metres away from the West gate of the Ichon Qala, Hotel Malika is the best hotel in town. Its rooms are simple and comfortable, and surround an indoor courtyard.
This is the latest property of the Malika chain. Situated 50 metres away from the West gate of the Ichon Qala, it is the best hotel in town. The rooms are simple and comfortable, and surround an indoor courtyard. The restaurant here serves up a mixture of Uzbek and Turkish food and occasionally puts on performances of traditional music.
Five hundred miles across the desert from Tashkent lies Khiva, a well-preserved and fascinating city, its azure-glazed tiles glinting in the midday sun. The city was well known to the Victorians, who were shocked at tales of the barbarity of the local rulers, the Khans of Khorezm.
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