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Reasons to Visit Uzbekistan

  • Architecture

    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.

    Architecture
  • Culture

    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.

    Culture
  • History

    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.

    History
  • Markets

    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!

    Markets
  • Silk Route cities

    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.

    Silk Route cities

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Highlights of Uzbekistan

    • Admire the views of the Tian Shan mountain range from Ferghana Valley
    • An elevated and extremely broad valley surrounded by some of the highest peaks of the Tian Shan mountain range.
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    • Explore Kalon Minaret in Bukhara
    • In "Holy Bukhara" as it was known during its peak, the historical points of interest include the indestructible Kalon minaret, the Ark, where Brits Connolly and Stodart were executed and the old town.
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    • Visit the Mosque of Bibi Khanym in Samarkand
    • In the centre of Samarkand the Mosque of Bibi Khanym dominates the skyline. It was once the biggest mosque in the world and has been partially rebuilt with UNESCO help.
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    • Watch the artisans in their workshops in Khiva
    • The maze of streets around Khiva are punctuated by colourful minarets, fascinating buildings and productive artisans in their workshops, making this a great place to spend a day or so exploring.
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Our country specialists have travelled the length and breadth of Uzbekistan - here are a few of their favourite things to do

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.

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{BEB75596-5297-4523-AA37-B48D05CEEA8A} Bukhara

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.

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{49E82058-C25F-4B54-83C7-48FE57F2E70A} Khiva

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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{B8BE578B-305D-4851-BBCB-FABEA71BEC1D} Samarkand

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.

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{25F34AC3-6A28-4184-B3D2-2D15FB4B1499} Tashkent

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.

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Practical Info

Flight time

7 hours (Tashkent)

Timezone

GMT +5

When To Go

Jan
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Feb
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Mar
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Apr
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May
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Jun
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Jul
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Aug
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Sep
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Oct
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Nov
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Dec
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