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Uzbekistan Tours & Trips

Soak up the cultural history of Central Asia on a tour to Uzbekistan where vodka flows in local restaurants at night. Follow the legendary Silk Road to the historical city of Bukhara and explore dazzling bazaars, mosques and palaces. Trek through the remote and rugged Pamir Mountains past icy glaciers and flowering alpine meadows. Soak in a turkish bath or overnight in a yurt camp alongside Kazakh nomads.

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Highlights

  • Traverse the great ancient highway of the Silk Route through medieval cities of Bukhara, Khiva and Samarkand.
  • Be mesmerized by medieval Islamic architecture as seen in the Bibi Khanum Mosque at Samarkand, the massive fortress of Bukhara, Shahi Zinda Mausoleum at Bukhara and many other monuments along the Silk Route.
  • Admire the twisting alleyways, markets and artisan shops of Bukhara and see spectacular blue domed mosques and towering minarets at Samarkand.
  • Stand in awe at the Ak- Saray Palace, a dazzling, shimmering ode to the greatness of Tamerlane the Conqueror.
  • Shop for precious and rare handloom Uzbek camel wool carpets, beautifully handcrafted silk creations and finely embroidered coverlets at the famous markets of Tashkent, Bukhara and Samarkand.
  • Appreciate the unique mix of Uzbek and Soviet influence on the culture of Tashkent. Explore Chorsu Bazaar and shop for fine treasures.
  • Discover the rugged beauty of the Nuratau Mountains and spend a fascinating night at a desert yurt campsite amidst the sand dunes.
  • Enjoy the ambience of village life and listen to local folklore at a Sentyab home-stay, set against the stunning backdrop of mountains.

Tips

  • The markets of Bukhara are the best places to buy inexpensive cotton blend carpets and also the more costly, wool and silk carpets.
  • Buy a bottle of excellent Uzbek vodka which is reasonably priced at around $3 a bottle.
  • Spices, dried fruits, Uzbek fruits, ceramic, silk and wood products are some of the most popularly bought items at markets. The markets open at around 8 am in the morning at Tashkent.
  • Tashkent is a vibrant hub for modern art and these items can be bought at reasonable prices at specialized shops.
  • Carry plenty of cash as ATM machines are hard to find in lesser known areas.
  • Wear sturdy and comfortable shoes that provide support on sandy ground. Take your shoes off before you enter religious sites.
  • Try out the local delicacy ‘Plov’, a savory mix of rice and meat, served on all special occasions.
  • Take pictures at Khiva at night when the minarets and other monuments are illuminated. Sunrise and sunset present the best light play for perfect photographs.

Uzbekistan Tours & Trips Reviews

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