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Marianne Grimshaw
Uzbekistan Travel Specialist

Rich in Islamic architecture gracing the cities of the old Silk Road, Uzbekistan holidays dazzle with their dramatic mountains, stark deserts and fertile valleys. Travellers interested in history, from the ancient to the modern, won't be disappointed by the fascinating blend of Silk Road and Soviet history. Ancient Samarkand, many visitors’ number one attraction in Uzbekistan, positively flaunts its beauty with the glittering blue-mosaic covered mosques and madrassahs surrounding Registan Square. Still on the Silk Road, Bukhara boasts a citadel-like Ark, its labyrinthine streets home to mosques and madrassahs, and tourists can step back in time by entering the ancient walled city of Khiva, a living museum.

Modern times have also left their mark on other regions of Uzbekistan; alongside the ancient mausoleums and imposing madrassahs of Tashkent sit many examples of Soviet-era architecture, and the Soviet-built capital of the Karakalpakstan Republic, Nukus, is well worth a visit. Perhaps combine this with a visit to intriguing Moynaq – once a major port on the Aral Sea it now finds itself stranded 100km from the sea with skeletons of ships marooned on the bone-dry seabed. An Uzbekistan holiday isn't just about historic cities though, away from civilisation the Kyzlkum Desert is home to nomads and the lush Fergana Valley is surrounded by the Tian Shan and Pamir mountains.

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Tashkent
Top Destination
Tashkent
Uzbekistan’s capital Tashkent is a true reflection of its place on the ancient Silk Road, with a mixture of Uzbeks, Tajiks, Russians, Tartars, Koreans and Bukharan Jews. This melting pot of cultures makes the city one of the best places in Central Asia to eat, with a huge variety of choices including the ubiquitous shashlik.
Samarkand
Top Destination
Samarkand
Samarkand’s proximity to Tashkent means that it is the most accessible of Uzbekistan’s impressive cities. Alongside the observatory of Ulug Beg and the Shah-I Zinda necropolis you can visit the mausoleum of Bibi Khanym before even mentioning the breath-taking Registan Square, which is home on three sides to incredible madrassahs.
Bukhara
Top Destination
Bukhara
Bukhara is often cited as being the jewel in Uzbekistan’s already bejewelled crown. One of the charms of the city is the ease with which you can stroll around the streets between each of the impressive sites. The centrepiece is the towering Ark citadel with its mud-brick walls, but attention is drawn at every step to the history and architecture of this amazing city.
Khiva
Top Destination
Khiva
Known as the ‘museum under the sky’ the Ichon Qala in Khiva is a walled citadel of narrow streets weaving their way between madrassahs, mosques and minarets. Over 2,500 years old the city is a maze where it is easy to wander the streets for hours discovering new treasures.
Fergana Valley
Marianne Grimshaw's Recommendation
Fergana Valley
To the East of the country, the Fergana Valley is often missed by visitors to Uzbekistan but makes for a fascinating, and less busy experience than some of the headliners. Visit the town of Margilan, home to the country’s famed silk industry, and learn about the entire process from witnessing silk worms feasting on mulberry leaves, through the harvesting of the threads, dyeing process and the weaving of the material (all the way through to the inevitable giftshop).

Popular Destinations in Uzbekistan

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   Tashkent
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   Samarkand
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   Bukhara
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   Khiva



Specialist Recommendations

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   Fergana Valley


Regent Uzbekistan Specialist


Marianne Grimshaw
Of all the former Soviet republics in Central Asia, Uzbekistan may be the most evocative of the glory days of the Silk Road. If you only have a short time be sure to visit the treasures to be found in Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva. Discovering the blue-tiled mosques and madrassahs in Registan Square, Samarkand’s centrepiece, the sandy walls of the Ark Citadel in Bukhara and travelling through the desert to the walled-city of Khiva, you can almost still hear the horse and camel-hooves of the ancient trading caravans that passed through.

Marianne's Tips
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Uncover the silk industry in Fergana Valley; watch silkworms munch on mulberry leaves and see the dying and weaving processes.
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Visit Moynaq’s graveyard of ships on the dried Aral Sea.
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Head north of Khiva to the abandoned desert castles for a less-polished insight into the region’s nomadic tribe wars.




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