There is a wealth of things to do in Bukhara. Explore the many tile-clad madrassahs, find hidden viewpoints and eat a ton of delicious treats.
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 extraordinary 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 an interesting mix of Persian, Greek, Arab, Chinese, Russian and Mongol.
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 modernized: Exotic spices have made room for trinkets, handwoven scarves and the occasional wooly hat.
Since 2016 the country has seen a steady influx of foreign investment which has allowed for rapid modernization 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 a group.
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.
Find a list of comfortable accomodations ranging from local guesthouses to luxury hotels.
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
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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Blogposts on Uzbekistan
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