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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This barren, landlocked country, for so long invisible to Western eyes, contains within its borders three of Central Asia’s most brilliant cities: Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva.
The wealth and strategic importance of the region has attracted covetous invaders across the ages, with Macedonians, Russians, Arabs and Turks all leaving their indelible marks throughout the country with countless dazzling monuments to power, strength, wealth and piety.
One of the holiest places of Islam, the venerable and captivating city of Bukhara was also one of the key stops along the Silk Route.
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.
Few names invoke such romance as that of Samarkand, for countless centuries a glorious magnet for travellers, scholars, tyrants and poets. Evidence of the city’s extraordinary 2,500 year history is everywhere.
The great city of Tashkent, right in the heart of Asia, is the largest metropolis in the region, the nation’s capital and home to some excellent museums, operas and fine dining.
7 hours (Tashkent)
The best time to travel.
A good time to travel, but there may be some factors to be aware of.
Travel is possible, but this is not the best time of year.
Travel is not recommended.
Snow or ski season.
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