Uzbekistan Travel Guide

Experience Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan is a Central Asian nation and former Soviet republic. It's known for its mosques, mausoleums and other sites linked to the Silk Road, the ancient trade route between China and the Mediterranean. Samarkand, a major city on the route, contains a landmark of Islamic architecture: the Registan, a plaza bordered by 3 ornate, mosaic-covered religious schools dating to the 15th and 17th centuries.

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Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, combines modernity and antiquity. The history of the city goes back to 2200 years. Due to its favorable location and mild climate, in ancient times the city was one of the main travel and trade points throughout the Great Silk Road.

This unique city has important architectural and historical value – its architecture harmoniously fits the buildings of different epochs beginning with ancient settlements, medieval buildings, Soviet era buildings, modern luxury apartments and business centers.

Today, there are 2 International airports and a Railway stations in Tashkent. One of the main attractions of the city is the Metro, which stands out for the unique design of each station.

In Tashkent, you can see the monuments of the Middle ages, modern mosques, visit the Eastern bazaars, get acquainted with the centuries-old history and culture of the people in numerous museums, as well as walk and relax in the parks and on the central streets of the capital.

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.

10 Reasons to Visit Uzbekistan

Have you decided where to spend your vacation or your time leisure? Do feel a surge of positive emotions and vivid impressions? Would you like sacraments of the East, to take pleasure in its exquisite beauty?

All this in Uzbekistan!

Head as soon as possible and look forward to delightful Uzbekistan, the land of the sun. Sunny by the people inhabiting it friendly, emotions and a palm pressed to a heart.

1. Campsites in Uzbekistan - Leisure and Outdoors
Here you can find a lot of opportunities to make your vacation unforgettable – to take part in a car and motorcycle rally, to climb to the highest point of Uzbekistan or cross the endless desert, go to the ski resort, or organize a summer vacation for the whole family on the shore of the Charvak reservoir.

In Uzbekistan you can visit areas such as the Cave of Amir Temur, “Suffa” radio astronomy complex, Suvtushar waterfall, picturesque highland villages of Kul and Gilan, glacier Severtsev and other.

In addition, in the mountainous regions of the country, you can diversify your vacation with balloon or para glider flights, observing the surroundings and picturesque views.

2. Shopping in Bazaars
Shopping is an authentic travel experience in Uzbekistan, historically and traditionally situated along the crossroads of trade and commerce of Asia and Europe. Shopping here can be an overwhelming experience as you immerse yourself in the local markets, which are called bazaars. There are modern shops and department stores, but bazaars are preferable for seeking out a good souvenir item and a real Uzbek shopping experience to go with it. Bargaining is, of course, how things are done here.

3. Termez
Termez is a true frontier town, for thousands of years it has been conquered, re-conquered and conquered again by famous historical figures such as Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, and Tamerlane. It was once at the heart of Buddhism in Central Asia and also one of the stops on the ancient Silk Road. Then it became a city of hundreds of Imams and scholars of Islam.

4. Khiva - Open Air City Museum
The planet earth is quite a wonderful mix of different sort of lands. That is why for a travellers a place becomes even more fantastic for the transition it went through right from the lane of historical to contemporary times. Khiva is one such city in Uzbekistan that still carries its traditional colors for everyone to see. It is time to Explore Khiva and Uzbekistan.

Itchan Kala, the inner fortress of Khiva, is located to the South of the Amu Darya River (known as the Oxus in ancient times) in the Khorezm region of Uzbekistan and it was the last resting-place of caravans before crossing the desert to Persia.

5. Customs and Traditions
Hospitality is a characteristic feature of the Uzbek people. Among the Uzbeks an ability to receive a guest is appreciated above the abundance of the table or wealth of a family.

Nowruz, meaning “new day”, is an ancestral festivity marking the first day of spring and the renewal of nature. It includes rituals, ceremonies and cultural events, as well as the enjoyment of a special meal with loved ones. New clothes are worn, visits are made to family and friends, and gifts, especially for children, are exchanged. Nowruz is listed in the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

6. National Uzbek Cuisine
An important place on the local table is lamb, horse meat, excellent local soups with lots of vegetables, dairy products and bread. Hot flat bread from the tandoor, fragrant pilaf, hearty Shurpa and melt in the mouth Samsa – are considered masterpieces of Uzbek cuisine!

Palov culture and tradition - There is a saying in Uzbekistan that guests can only leave their host’s house after palov has been offered. Palov is a traditional dish made and shared throughout rural and urban communities of Uzbekistan. It is prepared with ingredients such as rice, meat, spices and vegetables and in addition to be enjoyed as a regular meal, is served as a gesture of hospitality, to celebrate special occasions like weddings and new year, to help those in need who are underprivileged, or to honor loved ones who have passed away. Palov culture and tradition was inscribed in 2016 on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Tasty Soups - Soups are very popular in Uzbekistan, even on the hottest of summer days. A popular type of soup is a meat broth soup with big pieces of meat, very often fatty mutton. Its other ingredients comprise pieces of carrot and potato and of course a sprinkling of fresh herbs. Among them are shurpa (chorba), mastava, ughra and different sour-milk soups. Shurpa known since the time of Abu Ali Ibn Sina (Avicenna) is considered a curative meal against many diseases.

7. Culture and Art
Uzbekistan culture is very colorful and distinctive. It has been formed over millenniums and has taken in traditional and customs of various nations settled on the territory of today Uzbekistan.

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8. Samarkand - The Pearl of the east
Samarkand is an amazing city. Poets and philosophers describe it as the mirror of the world, the garden of the soul, the pearl of the orient. The face of the Earth – perhaps, one cannot put out its beauty and wealth into the words. One can only personally enjoy all its brilliance and magnificence. Samarkand is included into the ‘50 must visit cities’ list.

9. Bukhara - Capital of Islamic Culture
Holy Bukhara is the capital of Islamic culture, which keeps the centuries-old traditions and ancient rituals. As one of the sayings sound:
“On all Muslim cities light descends from heaven, but only in Bukhara it rises to the sky”.

It is here that the largest number of Islamic saints’ tombs, mausoleums and mosques are concentrated, and the city itself has been center of Islamic civilization.

Bukhara – a concentration of unique attractions – ancient monuments and buildings located here are known all over the world. Many of them are under the UNESCO protection. In Bukhara, the Ark fortress, Poi – Kalyan ensemble, Labi – Hauz architectural complex, Ismail Samani mausoleum, Sitorai Mokhi – Khosa Palace, the complex of Bakhouddin Nakshbandi every day delight the eyes of visitors of magnificent city. And these are just some examples of ancient architecture, which indicate a high level of architectural skills of ancient craftsmen.

10. Tashkent - The Capital of Uzbekistan
Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, combines modernity and antiquity. The history of the city goes back to 2200 years. Due to its favorable location and mild climate, in ancient times the city was one of the main travel and trade points throughout the Great Silk Road.

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Best Season:April to May, September to November
Popular Location: Bukhara, Kokand, Tashkent, Samarkand, Termez, Shahrisabz

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