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The best time to visit Uzbekistan is during spring (April to May) and autumn (September to early November). It’s typically warm and dry during these periods, with temperatures sitting around 70°F to 86°F during spring and 57°F to 86°F during autumn.

You can enjoy the heat of this desert region without it being uncomfortably hot, as it can be during the summer months, when temperatures climb to 99°F.

It can be very cold from November to March, dropping as low as 39°F, but this time of year also brings clear, bright skies, which provide an exceptional backdrop to any photos you take during your trip. This is also the quietest time of year, so if you’re willing to dress warmly you’re likely to have the country’s exquisitely beautiful sites to yourself.

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Month-by-month guide for traveling in Uzbekistan

The Registan, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Visiting Uzbekistan in January - February

January and February are the coldest months in Uzbekistan. Temperatures don't drop too far below freezing but chilling winds can often make it feel colder. However, it tends to be dry and bright during this time, with clean air and blue skies that provide an excellent backdrop for photographing the country’s impressive mosques and minarets. You're likely to have the various sites to yourself as the winter months don't see many visitors to the country.

Bolo Hauz Mosque, Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Visiting Uzbekistan in March - April

Temperatures start to warm up from mid-March, but the chance of rain increases. Late March and early April are still fairly quiet times to visit, and the country’s main sites of interest will continue to be relatively uncrowded.

Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Visiting Uzbekistan in May - June

Mid-April through to early June is one of the most popular times to visit Uzbekistan, as temperatures are warm without being too high — typically 50 to 60 Fahrenheit. Consequently, hotels and sites will be at their busiest.

Events & Festivals

  • The Silk and Spices Festival is occasionally held during May, which highlights the country’s culture and traditions, as well as its local arts and crafts.
Shakhrisabz, Uzbekistan

Visiting Uzbekistan in July - August

July and August are the hottest and driest months of the year in Uzbekistan, with temperatures above 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Visiting during this period can be quite uncomfortable, particularly with any long overland journeys, as the sun is extremely strong.

Food Traders, Urgut Market, Uzbekistan

Visiting Uzbekistan in September - October

Temperatures start to cool down from September. You can expect mid-70s Fahrenheit, making it more enjoyable to explore the country’s intriguing old towns and Islamic architecture. The autumn months are typically drier than spring, and are also when the country goes to harvest, meaning markets are ripe with fresh fruit and vegetables.

Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Visiting Uzbekistan in November - December

As winter falls on Uzbekistan both its temperatures and visitor numbers drop. This can be a wonderful time to make your trip if you don’t mind dressing up warmly.

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