Can you keep a secret? We want to tell you something that we probably shouldn’t be sharing — something that we just can’t keep to ourselves any longer. Here it is: everyone should have Uzbekistan on their bucket list.
The name Uzbekistan carries with it an air of mystery. During our trip along the Silk Road, I was amazed to discover that three of the Silk Road’s most important cities lie in Uzbekistan: Khiva, Bukhara, and Samarkand. These cities were key stops for traders passing by with their caravans and camels loaded with silk, spices, and other items. Today, Uzbekistan is opening up to tourists — but get here quick, because this country is poised on the edge of mass tourism!
If you had asked me few years ago about Central Asia, my mind would have fumbled for country names; images of how a Central Asian city might look, thoughts about their local cuisine or even customs and clothing. But today, Central Asia is slowly coming into its own, and generating a rising awareness amongst travelers. Commonly referred to as the “Stans”, the countries that make up this region are Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan.
Before my trip many people asked me, is Uzbekistan a good place to visit? The answer is undoubtably Yes. Uzbekistan was possibly the most remarkable, underrated and surreal country I’ve ever visited. Most of the time I was there, I struggled to believe that anything I was seeing was real. The architecture there looked straight out of the most magical chapter of One Thousand And One Nights, and to do it justice, you really just have to see it for yourself.
The Silk Road is made up of the countries of Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan. This part of the world is full of unique culture, ancient history, and delicious cuisine. Here are a few of our top tips on the best time to visit, and everything you need to know before visiting Central Asia