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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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Month-by-month guide to travelling in Uzbekistan

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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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Uzbekistan Climate Guide

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Bukhara 5°C 24mm 9°C 20mm 15°C 33mm 23°C 25mm 30°C 12mm 34°C 1mm 37°C 0mm 34°C 0mm 30°C 1mm 22°C 6mm 14°C 14mm 8°C 20mm
Khiva 2°C 9mm 5°C 9mm 12°C 20mm 22°C 18mm 29°C 11mm 34°C 3mm 36°C 2mm 34°C 1mm 28°C 2mm 19°C 5mm 11°C 9mm 4°C 13mm
Samarkand 6°C 47mm 8°C 39mm 13°C 68mm 21°C 63mm 26°C 36mm 32°C 5mm 34°C 2mm 32°C 0mm 28°C 2mm 21°C 22mm 14°C 26mm 9°C 42mm
Tashkent 6°C 53mm 8°C 51mm 14°C 75mm 22°C 61mm 28°C 36mm 33°C 12mm 36°C 5mm 34°C 2mm 29°C 4mm 21°C 28mm 14°C 46mm 8°C 56mm

Trip ideas and travel guides to exploring Uzbekistan

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John in Khiva, Uzbekistan

My favourite 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 & Turkey Specialist