A trip through the heart of the
Silk Road – Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan is still somewhat of a mystery for people in the West, a fact illustrated by the extroardinary high search volume for “Where is Uzbekistan?” in Google. Time to unveil the mystery of beautiful Uzbekistan!

Located in the heart of Central Asia, the borders of Uzbekistan include Kazakhstan to the northwest, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan to the east, Afghanistan to the south and Turkmenistan to the southwest. Uzbekistan is one of the two countries in the world that is double-landlocked (the other being Liechtenstein).

Thanks to this geographical location, Uzbekistan is often referred to as being at the crossroads between East and West. The Uzbek culture is a interesting mix of Persian, Greek, Arab, Chinese, Russian and Mongol.

ISLAM KHOJA MINARET in Khiva Uzbekistan during the morning

The history of Uzbekistan is long and lustrous, but it is not until trade around the Silk Route picks up that Uzbekistan begins to flourish. Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva and Tashkent became important stops along the trade route and to this day continue to marvel travelers.

While the architecture has remained untouched for centuries, the goods traded in the markets have been somewhat modernised:  Exotic spices have made room for trinkets, handwoven scarves and the occassional wooly hat.

Since 2016 the country has seen a steady influx of foreign investment which has allowed for a rapid modernisation of the crumbling infrastructure. The main tourist sites of Bukhara, Khiva, Samarkand and Tashkent are well connected via an intuitive network of trains. This combined with the genuine nature of the Uzbeks makes Uzbekistan a very safe country to visit both solo or in group.

What to see in Uzbekistan

COMING SOON: TASHKENT

BUKHARA

COMING SOON: SAMARKAND

KHIVA

Key Facts About Uzbekistan

Capital

Tashkent

Main Languages

Uzbek, Russian

Population

33.58 million

Currency

Uzbek som (UZS)

Main religion

Islam

Time Zone

UTC+5

Plugs types

C, F

Visa Required

E-visa

 Practical information for visiting Uzbekistan

HOW TO GET AROUND

Fly into Tashkent International Airport
Navigate around by train. Tickets to be purchased online or at the station.

ACCOMODATIONS

Find a list of comfortable accomodations ranging from local guesthouses to luxury hotels.

BUDGET

Average Daily Budget: $35
Meals $8 a person; hotel accomodations $15-$35; transportation (train) $7-$45

WHEN TO GO

Late spring (April – May) or early autumn (October). The temperature will be warm enough around 25°C in spring and 30°C in early atumn and the climate dry

VISA REQUIREMENTS

E-Visas (stays up to 30 days)
Valid for 90 days after issue; costs depending on the country of origin

TOURS & ACTIVITIES

Ranging from 8-day all inclusive tours to tours showcasing lesser known locations in Uzbekistan or local guides for a day.

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