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Uzbekistan spring landscape

When is the best time to visit Uzbekistan?

Uzbekistan is best visited during spring and autumn (April to May, and September to early November). During these periods, it’s typically warm and dry, and you can enjoy the heat of this desert region without it being uncomfortably hot, as it can be during the summer months.

From November to March it can be very cold, but this 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 the 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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My favorite time to visit Uzbekistan is November, when it’s cold but not freezing. Best yet, most places are really quiet, which means you can capture some brilliant photos of Uzbekistan’s impressive Islamic architecture against the bright and clear sky.

John, Russia, Central Asia, & The Silk Route Specialist

Uzbekistan Climate Guide

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Bukhara 41°F 1" 48°F 1" 59°F 1" 73°F 1" 86°F 0" 93°F 0" 99°F 0" 93°F 0" 86°F 0" 72°F 0" 57°F 1" 46°F 1"
Khiva 36°F 0" 41°F 0" 54°F 1" 72°F 1" 84°F 0" 93°F 0" 97°F 0" 93°F 0" 82°F 0" 66°F 0" 52°F 0" 39°F 1"
Samarkand 43°F 2" 46°F 2" 55°F 3" 70°F 2" 79°F 1" 90°F 0" 93°F 0" 90°F 0" 82°F 0" 70°F 1" 57°F 1" 48°F 2"
Tashkent 43°F 2" 46°F 2" 57°F 3" 72°F 2" 82°F 1" 91°F 0" 97°F 0" 93°F 0" 84°F 0" 70°F 1" 57°F 2" 46°F 2"

Month-by-month guide to 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 zero degrees 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.

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