Central Asia Travel Guide – 11 Things To Do In Uzbekistan

Central Asia Travel Guide – 11 Things To Do In Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan is a landlocked nation in Central Asia and is house to some 32 million individuals. Aside from the truth that it’s ranked because the Fifth Safest Country to Visit on Gallup’s Global Law and Order Report, this is among the most tourist-friendly international locations in Central Asia due to its fascinating historical past, stunning mosques, fashionable infrastructure, and very pleasant locals.

I’ve by no means felt this secure in any nation and by secure I imply the Uzbekistanis are very very sort. Hands right down to them as a result of I really feel like they’re one of many nicest individuals I’ve met in my journey. A form household stopped their automobile to assist me and drop me off the City Center once they noticed me virtually bitten by a stray canine; two youngsters approached me and helped me ebook a taxi simply after I was struggling to search out one; and I by no means felt that locals, particularly taxi drivers and distributors would reap the benefits of me and cheat me of my cash as a result of I’m a foreigner. They appeared to be very good individuals!

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If you’re on this web page, I’m certain you’ve been wanting to go to Uzbekistan and for those who’re nonetheless hesitant, I say GO FOR IT!!! Anyway, listed here are 11 Things to do in Uzbekistan! (You can also read my border crossing experience to Iran and Turkmenistan via Uzbekistan)

1. Go to Samarkand/Samarqand

Samarkand is described by the UNESCO the crossroads of world cultures with a historical past of over two and a half millennia. The main monuments embrace the Registan mosque and madrasahs, initially inbuilt mud-brick and coated with adorned ceramic tiles, the Bibi-Khanum Mosque and Mausoleum, the Shakhi-Zinda compound, which incorporates a collection of mosques, madrasahs and mausoleum, and the ensembles of Gur-Emir and Rukhabad, in addition to the stays of Ulugh-Bek’s Observatory. 

From the capital of Tashkent, it’s merely a 2 hour and 30 minute journey away through Speed Train (which is extra stunning and clear than those in Europe!). The tour firm I organized my journey pre-booked my ticket and organized my transfers to and from the practice station so it was fairly straightforward.

2. Visit the Amir Temur Mausoleum in Samarkand

One of the primary issues you need to do in Uzbekistan is to go to this museum within the capital. After Uzbekistan gained its independence in 1991, they paid consideration to vital individuals who contributed drastically to civilization. One of which was Amir Temu– a warlord, politician and reformer, patron of science, schooling, commerce, tradition and craft.Things to do in Samarkand, Uzbekistan7

A go to to this grandiose museum will make it easier to be taught extra about this nation’s historical past, particularly contemplating that the artifacts introduced are properly detailed in English. Take a step again and relive the lifetime of the Uzbekistanis many moons in the past.

3. Walk across the City Center in Tashkent 

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One of the most effective locations to only watch the world go by is the town heart. Watch how the locals go about their each day lives, seize a cup of espresso, watch road performers and artists, purchase souvenirs and eat some native delicacies! What’s stunning about this nation is regardless of being a Muslim nation, girls can put on no matter they need. I even noticed road performers dancing and twerking within the park! 

4. Visit a Silk Carpet Production 

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One of the most effective issues you should purchase from Uzbekistan is the valuable (and hefty costly) silk carpet which is fully hand-made right down to the final thread! If you may’t afford one, then why not deliver house the reminiscence of visiting a spot the place they do it as an alternative? I visited one in Samarkand and it was very fascinating to look at! Seeing the women do these by hand, listening to their tales, and studying the complicated course of on how they make it (which normally takes them 6 months) made me notice that this murals is simply priceless.

5. Take a break on the Siab Bazaar in Samarkand

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One of the oldest bazaars in Samarkand, that is the right place to see historical past which compliments modernity. Shop for spices, native sweets, and freshly baked bread for which Samarkand is known for. 

6. Purchase and see how a Samarkand Paper is made in Konigil Village

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Samarkand can also be well-known for its Samarkand or Meros Paper, the craft of which is perfected all through the centuries utilizing conventional methods up till now. The excellent news is that the place the place it’s produced is just a bit exterior Samarkand in a small village known as Konigil. These papers are made out of Mulberry barks and are very sturdy which makes it excellent to present as items!

7. Try their native dishes! 

Their native dishes are very a lot flavorful with contemporary spices. Must attempt are the Samarkand shashlik of lamb’s liver, Samsa, Palov, Lagman, Shurpa, Bread and Cheese and my favourite– the PLOV which is sauteéd rice with greens, meat, and tons of spices! Oh, don’t overlook to match it with some freshly brewed inexperienced tea!

8. Visit the Holy City of Bukhara

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Home to 140 historic monuments relationship as far again from the eighth to 18th Century AD, this metropolis is a haven for the previous souls. Some fascinating locations embrace the Ismail Samani Mausoleum, the Chashma Ayub Mausoleum, the Bolo-Khauz Mosque, the ruins of the Fifth-century Ark Fortress which is the guts of the town, the Poikalon complicated that consists of the Kalon Minaret, Kalon Mosque and Miri Arab Madrasah, and the Madrasah of Ulugbek and Abdul Aziz Khan. The surroundings over the pond Lyabi-Hauz can also’t be missed!

9. Go tenting by the Aral Sea

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Sometimes, it’s simply good to take a while off from the modernity and complexity of this world. Camping by the Aral Sea gives you simply this as you loosen up by the ocean, arrange a bonfire, and luxuriate in a pleasant dinner. You can even drive on the dried backside of the ocean the place you’ll see deserted ships often known as the “Cemetery of ships” that was the port in Muynak. 

10. Take care of your hair, the Uzbekistani approach

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If you have a look at the Uzbekistani girls, you’ll discover they’ve such stunning hair (or not less than I did). Upon doing my analysis, I discovered that the key is that they wash their hair with yogurt and apply a hair masks of oil made from Usmi (inexperienced plant). Now, head on to the grocery store and discover these! 

11. Visit the city of Khiva

Khiva might be probably the most intact cities positioned alongside the Silk Road and seeing this city would really feel such as you’re in an open-air museum. Spend your day (or days moderately) to stroll round this city and admiring the attractive structure, go to the museum, see the traditional Juma Mosque made distinctive by its 213 picket pillars, and climbing on the Islam-Khodja complicated with its small madrasah and minaret, making it part of the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1990.

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Imagine strolling across the streets of Uzbekistan and attempt to think about how the previous roads had been as soon as stuffed with camels carrying worthwhile items; how alley after alley had been stuffed with retailers attempting to promote their wares; and the way busy and colourful their life was earlier than the web. Seeing all these constructions and looking out again at their historical past, that is certainly the Pride of the Silk Road. 

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Thank you, Lifetime Adventures for giving me a one among a form journey! I extremely advocate them to rearrange your journey in Uzbekistan. Not solely will you be having an superior and hassle-free journey, you’ll even be supporting 2 new entrepreneurs who was tour guides and their whole group! Let’s assist small companies and massive goals!

Sara Lassiter

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