Located in the very heart of Central Asia, Uzbekistan has some of the region’s finest architecture and most enthralling history. Its capital, Tashkent, was one of the major trading centres along the Silk Road and its proud legacy of warriors and emperors can be seen in the 13th and 14th century monuments which still remain.
Highlights include the ancient cities of Samarkand and Bukhara, Aidarkul Lake in the Kizyl-Kum Desert, the restored UNESCO city of Khiva, the Aral Sea, the fertile silk producing region of the Ferghana Valley and the Chimgan Mountains. The markets are a delight and a photographer’s paradise while outside the cities the dusty, isolated villages with their flocks of woolly, fat tailed sheep, have changed little over the years.
Best time to travel
Uzbekistan is best visited from April to June and late August to November, in between the country’s weather extremes. July and August are extremely hot but the bazaars are at their most bustling.
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