THE REGION’S CRADLE OF CULTURE FOR MORE THAN TWO MILLENNIA, UZBEKISTAN IS THE PROUD HOME TO A SPELLBINDING ARSENAL OF ARCHITECTURE AND ANCIENT CITIES, ALL DEEPLY INFUSED WITH THE FASCINATING HISTORY OF THE SILK ROAD. IN TERMS OF SIGHTS ALONE, UZBEKISTAN IS CENTRAL ASIA’S BIGGEST DRAW AND MOST IMPRESSIVE SHOWSTOPPER.
Location of Uzbekistan in the center of Eurasian continent allowed it to play a key role in the transcontinental system of the Great Silk Roads. In fact, main routes of the Great Silk Roads uniting East and West passed through the territory of present-day Uzbekistan, which was one of the places, where the first civilizations emerged and developed. The most intensive periods of functioning of the Great Silk Roads in the territory of Uzbekistan can be observed: in ancient times; when Central Asia became part of Turkic Khanate; during developed Middle Ages.
Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva never fail to impress visitors with their fabulous mosques, medressas and mausoleums, while it’s more eccentric attractions, such as the fast disappearing Aral Sea, the fortresses of desperately remote Karakalpakstan, its boom town capital Tashkent and the ecotourism opportunities of the Nuratau Mountains, mean that even the most diverse tastes can be catered for.
Despite being a harshly governed police state, Uzbekistan remains an extremely friendly country where hospitality remains an essential element of daily life and you’ll be made to feel genuinely welcome by the people you meet.