A doubly landlocked country, Uzbekistan is a fascinating blend of arid desert, open steppe, lush oases and fertile river valleys. Despite the remarkable variation in landscapes, it’s the ancient history and culture that makes this the most alluring destination in Central Asia.
Set on the ancient Silk Road, for centuries Uzbekistan was besieged by waves of traders, nomads and conquerors. The architectural legacy that remains is awe-inspiring. Visit intricately decorated mosques, madrasas and mausoleums as well as immense palaces and fortresses in Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva, once some of the most powerful cities in the world. In the capital of Tashkent the more recent remnants of Soviet rule as well as a superb array of museums are equally fascinating.
The sights to be seen in Uzbekistan are like no other – a holiday here won’t fail to enthral.
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Currency Uzbekistan som
Flying time from London 7 hours
Official language(s) Uzbek
Time difference +4 GMT
Visa requirements Visa’s are no longer required for UK passport holders
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During your visit, be sure to look out for locally made handicrafts. Choose from unique glazed ceramics in Gijduvan or suzani (silk and cotton coverlets) in Shakhrisabz, wander the bazaars of Bukhara and watch skilled craftsmen at work in Samarkand where beautiful fabrics, carpets, leather and jewellery are all on offer.
The birthplace of 14th-century warlord Timur (or Tamerlane), this once great city has long since declined, but impressive monuments remain – including the site of his summer residence.
Experience the Uzbek folklore show
Visit the open air theatrical show in Tashkent which depicts the lifestyles, traditions and music of authentic Uzbek people.
Ride the Tashkent metro
Join the locals and take a trip on the Tashkent underground. Tashkent was the first city in Central Asia to construct an underground system and its stations are some of the most ornate.
Visit Yodgorlik silk factory
Make sure to stop in the town of Margilan in the Fergana valley where you can watch the production of silk at the Yodgorlik silk factory.
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"Registan Square in Samarkand - The sight was so extraordinarily beautiful it took our breath away, and we all stood silent for several minutes, just taking in the scene. I think this site is one of the wonders of the world.
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