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Uzbekistan

Brief

COUNTRY

Uzbekistan

CONTINENT

Asia

CAPITAL

Tashkent

LANGUAGE

Russian,Uzbek

CURRENCY

Uzbekistani so'm (UZS)

TIMEZONE

+05:00

Visa

Visas are required for everyone apart from passport holders of CIS countries. A 'Letter of Invitation' (LOI) is no longer required by citizens of Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Malaysia, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and United States, but is still required for most others under the simplified visa procedure.


Cost
$0

Food Prices

Bread $0
Cup of tea $0
Lunch $3
Meat $5
Oranges $1
Sandwich $2
Soup $1

Recreation Prices

Apartment $52
Hostel $24
Hotel 2* $31
Hotel 3* $42
Hotel 4* $90

About

Uzbekistan is a majestic place with an exciting and mysterious atmosphere about it. Situated in the central part of Central Asia, it borders Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Afghanistan. The commonly spoken languages of this multinational country are Uzbek and Russian.

You’ll find astounding mosques and warm-hearted people with rich traditions and fascinating cultural quirks such as every region in the country having its own special type of local bread. Uzbekistan is a country with historic significance since it was a major stop on the Silk Road, the old stomping ground of Marco Polo, Alexander the Great, and Genghis Khan. Cities such as Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand were popular stop-offs for traders and they still look glorious today with their glittering minarets, voluptuous domes and phenomenal mosaics.

 

5 Reasons Why You Should Visit Uzbekistan

  • People – although often deemed a police state, Uzbekistan is still an extremely friendly country where hospitality remains an essential element of daily life. The people are genuinely welcoming.
  • Architecture – Uzbekistan has some wonderful historic assets. You will discover the country’s glorious past by visiting its cities and discovering key places in the history of Islamic architecture such as the Bibi-Khanym mosque, Shahi-Zinda, the Mausoleum of Gur-E-Amir.
  • Cuisine – if you enjoy hearty and wholesome meals then you’ll definitely enjoy Uzbek foods such as Uzbekistan's signature dish pilaf, or samosa, shurpa, and manti. Mutton is a popular variety of meat due to the abundance of sheep in the country.
  • History – the country is ideal for anyone with an interest in remnants of ancient cultures unadulterated by too much influence from outside cultures.
  • Art – the Nukus Museum of Art is one of the most interesting repositories of ancient and modern works. It also hosts the world's second largest collection of Russian avant-garde art with paintings and sculptures, including thousands of artifacts, textiles and jewelry, ranging from the antiquities of Khorezm’s ancient civilization to the works of contemporary Uzbek and Karakalpak artists.

 

5 Activities to Enjoy in Uzbekistan

  • Shopping – you can find fascinating art works by Uzbekistan’s artisans, from handmade ceramics, needlework, silk cloth and miniaturist paintings. The best modern shopping malls, bazaars, and boutiques are mostly in Tashkent.
  • Geotourism – Uzbekistan’s Geoparks are magnificent and the development of east Ustyurt chink on the western shore of the Aral Sea, southwest Gissar, and upper Piskom are most popular.
  • Cultural tourism – by visiting Uzbekistan you can see first-hand the monuments of history, architecture, art, natural and ethnic features. You will also get an understanding of the modern life of the people. World-famous ancient monuments cities of the country – Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara, Shakhrisyabz, Khiva, Termez, Fergana, etc should be on your must-see list.
  • Eco-tourism – ecological tourism for example, adventure travel is thriving in Uzbekistan and you can explore the natural environment or its individual elements: landscapes, nature monuments, and different species of plants or animals. The Nuratau Mountains are a popular destination for eco-tourist.
  • Dining – Samarkand for instance has numerous renowned restaurants such as the Platan with its gorgeous summer terrace for shady al fresco dining in the summer months. Art Cafe Norgis which is perfect for lunch is between the Registan and the Bibi Khanym Mosque. Karimbek is an Uzbek themed restaurant and quite popular with travelers.

 

5 Places to Visit in Uzbekistan

  • Tashkent – his wonderful capital city of Uzbekistan is a real embodiment of the modern elegance that is inherent in many world capitals. At the same time it remains to be an oriental city. Tashkent has its own unique flavor. Its cafes and restaurants present delicious national Uzbek as well as European, Middle Eastern and Russian cuisines.
  • Khiva – The walled city of Khiva is a living museum. You can discover the history of the once thriving Silk Road route through its ornate mosques, mausoleums and madrassas. This unique city is authentic and extraordinary. Some of the popular sites include Ak Mosque, Kunya-Ark Citadel, and Allakuli Khan Madrasah.
  • Bukhara – Bukhara has buildings spanning a thousand years of history and is considered Central Asia’s holiest city. It is one of the best places in Central Asia for a glimpse of pre-Russian Turkestan. Most of the centre is an architectural preserve, full of medresses, minarets, a massive royal fortress and the remnants of a once-vast market complex. The town has more than 100 protected buildings.
  • Samarkand (Mosques and Monuments) – the larger-than-life monuments of Timur, the technicolour bazaar and the city’s long, rich history contribute to the magic of this place. Surrounding these islands of majesty, modern Samarkand sprawls across acres of Soviet-built buildings and parks. You should visit Gur-e-Amir, Bibi-Khanym Mosque and Shah-i-Zinda.
  • The Registan – this Plaza which translates to ‘Sandy Place’ in Tajik is found in Samarkand. It’s the centerpiece of the city, and arguably one of the top sites in Central Asia. The splendor of its azure mosaics is majestic. Located in the center of Samarkand, the Registan Square with its medieval edifices is certainly one of the most impressive squares in the world.

Experience the Silk Road splendor in this exotic land of ancient cities filled with domes, minarets, and intricate Islamic tile work. The atmospheric madrassas and mosques in Uzbekistan rank among the most glorious of all Central Asia.

Climate

Uzbekistan is a sun republic with extreme continental climate. It is expressed in sharp amplitudes of day and night, summer and winter temperatures. The coldest month is January and the hottest months are July and August.