About Uzbekistan

If any monuments could be said to epitomize the distant splendour of the Silk Road, it’s the domed mosques, tombs and madrasas of Uzbekistan. An ancient cultural crucible between the Amu-Darya (Oxus) and Syr-Darya rivers, this former Soviet republic holds three of the world’s oldest cities – Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva – whose walled centres are best described as ‘open-air museums’, with sights spanning five millennia.

Few visitors venture further than the region’s major hubs, but there is ample incentive to do so. The silk workshops of the fabled Fergana Valley, the forgotten fortresses of the Khorezm Delta region, and nomadic camel herders camps on the fringes of the mighty Kyzl Kum desert provide vivid experiences of ways of life buried for decades under the mantle of Soviet rule.

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Best Time To Go To Uzbekistan

Best time to Visit Uzbekistan

April to May and September to October are the best months to visit Uzbekistan. Temperatures at these times of year are very pleasant, and rainfall minimal. You’ll be able to breakfast on a sunny terrace under clear blue skies in the mornings and walk around comfortably in mid-afternoon. Night times can be chilly in the desert regions by October, but an extra blanket will always be available.

From mid-June through August, the thermometer frequently climbs to well above 40 degrees in the daytime – think Spain at the height of summer. The heat can be particularly intense in Bukhara, and tends to be humid in Tashkent.

A Country of Contrasts (Client Feedback)

Our latest trip to Uzbekistan was a fantastic view of both the modern day country and the historic cities of the Silk Road. It's a country of great contrasts - immense agricultural landscapes bordered by huge swathes of desert and mountains, with bustling cities like Tashkent and Samarkand rivalling any of our Western cities. Even in Central Asia the cities are full of young people with smartphones and ripped jeans! The Uzbeks must be the friendliest people ever (and we've visited a lot of countries). People came up to us with smiles on their faces, just to talk to us - no ulterior motive. Adults wanted to practise their English, and schoolchildren and older students wanted to talk to us about Harry Potter and popular music. Wonderful. Thank you TransIndus.

Janet Marshall

Suggested tours to Uzbekistan

Great Cities of the Silk Road

Great Cities of the Silk Road

12 days from £2825 per person

To travellers crossing the great deserts of Central Asia, the splendid turquoise domes and mosaic-tiled facades of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva must have seemed like…

Ultimate Silk Road

Ultimate Silk Road

28 days from £7500 per person

For anyone hooked on the romance of the ancient Silk Road, this epic, month-long tour has it all. You get to experience the full gamut…

Uzbekistan Discovery

Uzbekistan Discovery

11 days from £1995 per person

Join TransIndus for an escorted Group Tour to Uzbekistan, a country whose cultural legacy spans more than three millennia. Marvel at the emerald, lapis blue…

Silk Road Explorer: Turkmen and Uzbek

Silk Road Explorer: Turkmen and Uzbek

15 days from £3995 per person

Combining the highlights of Uzbekistan with those of neighbouring Turkmenistan, this itinerary is our recommended option for adventurous travellers wishing to experience the ruined cities…

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Discover Uzbekistan

See why Uzbekistan is one of our top travel destinations this year. Shot by the TransIndus team on a recent recce to the country, this video features the monuments, markets and crafts workshops of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva.

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Uzbekistan Places and Experiences

Tashkent

Tashkent

For the majority of visitors, the Uzbek capital serves primarily as a gateway hub, where you can recover from your jet lag in a modern, comfortable hotel and acclimatize with short excursions around the city. Time permitting, we recommend c…

Khiva

Khiva

In the early 19th century, the name ‘Khiva’ struck fear into the hearts of Western explorers. The capital of a famously sadistic despots known as the ‘Khans’ (direct descendants of the redoubtable Genghis Khan), it served as the final stagi…

Bukhara

Bukhara

The chimeric monuments of Bukhara were mostly erected by the descendant of Timur, and by the Uzbek Shaybanid dynasty who succeeded them in the 16th century. In recent years, a huge amount of work has been carried out by the Uzbek government…

Samarkand

Samarkand

Thousands of captured artisans from Persia, Iraq and Azerbaijan were put to work by Timur to create his imperial capital, Samarkand. Encircled by snow-lit mountains, the exquisitely symmetrical domes and minarets at its heart became the mar…

Shakhrisabz

Shakhrisabz

One of Central Asia’s most ancient cities, this oasis 50 miles (80km) south of Samarkand, on the far side of the Gissar Mountains, was where Alexander the Great met his wife, Roxana, in the 4th century BC. It is better known, however, as th…

The Khorezm Desert Forts

The Khorezm Desert Forts

More than two millennia ago, a sophisticated irrigation system channelled meltwater from the Pamirs into the Amu Darya (Oxus) Delta, a region known as the Khorezm, transforming the desert into a fertile oasis of lakes, reed beds, marshes an…

Margilan and the Fergana Valley

Margilan and the Fergana Valley

Only a handful of places still manufacture silk in the traditional way, the most famous of them in the Fergana Valley, a day’s drive southeast of Tashkent across the Tian Shan range. Although it’s encircled by snow peaks, the ‘valley’ is a…

Nurata

Nurata

The small but most important town in the Kyzylkum, Nurata, was founded by Alexander the Great in the 4th century BC in the foothills of the Naratau Mountains. The remains of the fortress he built can, amazingly, still be seen on the south s…

Sentab & the Nurata Nature Reserve

Sentab & the Nurata Nature Reserve

To the north of Samarkand rise the rocky Nurata Mountains – an imposing granite barrier separating the fertile belt of central Uzbekistan from the sands of the Kyzylkum beyond. The majority of locals in this region are Tajik camel herders a…

Kyzlkum

Kyzlkum

Straddling the borders of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, the formidable Kyzylkum (literally ‘Red Sand’) forms a vast area of parched dunes (here known as ‘barchans’) and baked clay flats. Visitors may sample its distinctive atmosphere on short…

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