Frequently Asked Questions ... Uzbekistan
Ever wondered what Uzbekistan has to offer, or pondered the practicalities of travelling there? You can find out more about it with our frequently asked questions.
Local food, TashkentWhat are the country's top tourist attractions? Uzbekistan is more a country to visit for the overall cultural experience than individual attractions, but there are a few individual spots that are particularly worth stopping by. Chief among them is Registan Square in Samarkand, which has vast madrasas standing on three of its sides. In Bukhara, the stand-out attractions include the Mir-I-Arab madrasa, which is a particular highlight thanks to the exceptionally delicate tile work that decorates it. Another must-see in Bukhara, the Ark is a colossal fortress in which is hidden some of Uzbekistan's most interesting – and gruesome – spy stories. Indeed, being at the crossroads of civilisations and being stuck between Russia and India, this is important in terms of when the British Raj used to have India and were extremely paranoid about what the Russians were planning to try to take over their Indian Empire and so both Russia and Britain had various spies in central Asia, and it was thanks to the Khan of Bukhara that several of these met a sticky end in the Ark. The whole of Khiva can also be counted as an individual attraction, thanks to its feel of a living museum. Architectural detail in Khiva I want to head off the beaten track – where should I go? The Fergana Valley – a destination that's virtually undiscovered by tourists. The industrial heartland of Uzbekistan, it has a huge cotton plantation, and offers travellers the remarkable experience of being able to explore without coming across any other tourists. So, you really do feel like an explorer. Furthermore, there is a real silk factory here – something you won't find in any of the main three Uzbek destinations, despite their being on the Silk Road. Locals in the area will have a room full of leaves where they grow their silk worm, and when the raw material is ready, they take is to the Yodgorlik Silk Factory where it can be turned into silk. Visiting here, you can see a factory run almost entirely without heavy machinery, using traditional methods instead. Is there anything else I should know before I go? It is worth bearing in mind that Uzbekistan has quite a high inflation rate, so do not plan to exchange high levels of currency here – if you do, you will need to carry stacks and stacks of bills, which is impractical. And indeed, as it is an inexpensive country to travel around, you will find you only need a modest amount in any case. As a quick tip, it is a good idea to take small denomination dollars, as they are acceptable and help sidestep the problem of high inflation on the Uzbek Som. Discover more on a Cox & Kings Uzbekistan holiday, or call one of our specialists on 020 7873 5000. Share: [Sassy_Social_Share]