Uzbekistan

Come to Uzbekistan and be spellbound by its epic architecture and ancient cities, which all gives a glimpse into the fascinating history of the Silk Road.  You can’t help but be blown away by its fabulous mosques, madrassas and mausoleums. Wandering the streets here, is akin to stepping back in time and discovering the country’s interesting past.  Culture vultures will adore the technicolour bazaars, fascinating Soviet buildings, and parks in Samarkand.  You can visit most of Samarkand’s high-profile attractions in two or three days. If you are short on time, then at least see the Registan, Gur-e-Amir, Bibi-Khanym Mosque and Shah-i-Zinda. Other top destinations include Bukhara, which is Central Asia’s holiest city and boasts buildings that span a thousand years of history. In fact, its thoroughly lived-in old centre has not changed much in two centuries.  Most of the centre is an architectural preserve, and is full of madrassas, minarets, a massive royal fortress and the remnants of a once-vast market complex. A trip to Uzbekistan would not be complete without a visit to Khiva. This was once a major stop on the Silk Road as all the caravans stopped here on their way to China and back. Most of Khiva is an open-air museum. And the nucleus of this museum is castle Itchan-Kala. This stunning fortress boasts marvellous minarets, and stone-paved alleys that lead to a madrassa. If you are after more eccentric attractions in Uzbekistan, then be sure to check out the fast disappearing Aral Sea, the fortresses of remote Karakalpakstan, its boom town capital Tashkent and the ecotourism opportunities in Nuratau Mountains. Another selling point, is its friendly locals who genuinely welcome travellers onto its mysterious and mesmerising shores. 
 
 
 
General Information about Uzbekistan
 
Essentials
 
Flight time Approximately 9 hours (indirect)
GMT - +5 Hours
From 01 February 2019, Uzbekistan is visa free for British passport holders for 30 days travel.
Currency, Uzbek s’om
Tipping is not the rule in hotels, cafes or restaurants, but if you value the services of your guide and driver, a tip is the perfect way to show your gratitude.
 
Weather
 
April to May and September to October are the best months to visit Uzbek. The temperatures at this time of year are very nice and the rainfall is low. 
From mid-June to August, the temperatures often rise well above 40 degrees in the daytime.
The heat can be particularly intense in Bukhara, and it tends to be humid in Tashkent.
 
Food
 
Uzbek cuisine is basic, but delicious. Flavors rely on freshness and everything is ready to order. Sashlik kebabs (chicken, mutton, beef or lamb), prepared on a smoky, open grill and served with salad and oven-baked flatbread, are often succulent and tasty, with a subtle blend of spices, herbs, lemon juice and tahini. You will also serve varieties of the national dish, 'plov,' a steaming pilaf cooked in layers of rice, onions, carrots with lamb or beef, and small hard-boiled quails with eggs and quinces as a side dish. We recommend clients avoid drinking local tap water and stick to bottled water, which is available everywhere.

 

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