Welcome to Uzbekistan
On arrival at Tashkent International Airport you will be met by our local representative and you will be transferred to the hotel.
Tashkent is the capital city of Uzbekistan. It’s known for its many museums and its mix of modern and Soviet-era architecture. The Amir Timur Museum houses manuscripts, weapons and other relics from the Timurid dynasty. Nearby, the huge State Museum of History of Uzbekistan has centuries-old Buddhist artifacts. The city’s skyline is distinguished by Tashkent Tower, which offers city views from its observation deck.
Overnight in Tashkent.
Breakfast at the hotel.
Prepare for check out, your driver cum guide will pick you up and drop you to the airport for your onward flight to Nukus.
On arrival in Nukus the driver cum guide will pick you up and transfer to Savitsky Karakalpakstan Art Museum-world's second largest collection of Russian avant-garde artworks, as well as galleries of antiquities and Karakalpak folk art and the exposition of Karakalpak applied arts items, the statue of Karakalpak poet Berdakh- Berdakh, pseudonym of Berdimurat (son of Kargabai) (1827–1900), was a Karakalpak poet. He was born in Karakalpakstan, in a remote village near modern-day Muynak. His father was a poor fisherman and his mother, who gave him the nickname Berdakh, died when he was 10 years old. His father also died while Berdakh was still a child, and so Berdakh became an orphan. Berdakh studied in a maktab and at the same time he grazed his fellow villagers' cattle. His brother helped him to go to Karakum madrasah, a Muslim religious school, but Berdakh dropped out from the school because of his freethinking poetry. The Nukus City Hall is the sixth largest city in Uzbekistan and the capital of the Republic of Karakalpakstan. The population of Nukus as of January 1, 2018 was approximately 312,100. The Amu Darya river passes west of the town. Then visit the Nukus Drama Theatre.
Nukus is the sixth-largest city in Uzbekistan and the capital of the Republic of Karakalpakstan. The population of Nukus as of January 1, 2018 was approximately 312,100. The Amu Darya river passes west of the town. The city is best known for its world-class Nukus Museum of Art.
Overnight in Nukus.
Prepare for check out, your driver cum guide will pick you up and drove you to a scenic journey to Aral Sea.
On the way to Aral sea water line, passing by Qoʻngʻirot is a district of Karakalpakstan in Uzbekistan. The capital lies at Qoʻngʻirot. There is one city, six towns and eight villages holding an official status. Kungrad district in past was one of the trading center on the Great Silk Road. Continue driving to Aral see and stop in Sudochie Lake- is located in the western part of the Amu Darya delta, and is the largest inland water reservoir of the Amu Darya. The arms of the Amu Darya Raushan and Priemuzyak feed it. In the background, enjoy the beauty of immeasurable Ustyurt Plateau. After the tour proceed to Aral sea where you will experience staying in a tent.
The Aral Sea, was an endorheic lake lying between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan which began shrinking in the 1960s and had largely dried up by the 2010s. The name roughly translates as "Sea of Islands", referring to over 1,100 islands that had dotted its waters.
Overnight @ a tent in Aral Sea.
Prepare for checkout, your driver cum guide will drive you to your next destination which is Nukus.
On the way you will pass by a beautiful canyon before arriving in Muynak and Moynaq, is a city in northern Karakalpakstan, an autonomous republic in Uzbekistan. Formerly a sea port on the Aral Sea, it is now 150 km from the water and thus is a disaster tourism destination. It is also the location for the biggest electronic music festival in Central Asia. In muynak, have a look at the former port with abandoned ships in the sand. Later you visit the Mizdakhan is a complex of historical monuments located on three hills and a plane between them. The flat top of the west hill is crowned with the ruins of Gyaur-Kala Fortress, built in the 4th century BC. This fortress was used to defend a large town that occupied the eastern hill. Scholars identify Mizdakhan with the town Mazda built in honor of Akhura-Mazda - the main fire-worshippers’ deity who was mentioned in the holy Zoroastrian book Avesta. Today the eastern hill hosts the oldest Central Asian necropolis. The necropolis spreads over an area of about 100 hectares and historians believe it is over two thousand years old. On the slopes of the hill there is a large number of clay ossuary – urns or chests to keep the bones of the deceased Zoroastrians. There was also discovered a rich burial place with a ceramic sarcophagus; some ossuaries contained gold ritual objects, religious symbols and inscriptions made in Ancient Khorezmian language. A big part of Zoroastrian necropolis is overlapped by a Muslim graveyard; its earliest graves date back to the times when Khozem was conquered by the Arabs. Here, according to scientists’ opinion, Gayomard (Adam) the primeval man of zoroastrizm mythology is buried in the construction called as "world hours". After the tour your driver will drop you to Nukus.
Prepare for checkout, your driver cum guide will pick you up and drive you to the beautiful city of Khiva.
On the way to Khiva, you will visit the antique fortress Ayaz-Kala, it is an archaeological site in Northern Uzbekistan, built between the 4th century BCE and the 7th century CE. Situated on a hilltop overlooking the Kyzylkum Desert, the site encompasses the ruins of an ancient Khorezm fortress. Then your will be transferred to Toprak Kala- residence of ancient Khorezm rulers. Toprak-Kala, in modern Karakalpakstan, Uzbekistan, was an ancient palace city and the capital of in Chorasmia in the 2nd/3rd century CE, where wall paintings, coins and archives were discovered. Its history covers a period from the 1st to the 5th century CE. After the tour your driver will drop you to Khiva.
Khiva is a city of approximately 90,000 people located in Xorazm Region, Uzbekistan. According to archaeological data, the city was established around 1500 years ago. It is the former capital of Khwarezmia and the Khanate of Khiva.
Overnight in Khiva
Today explore the city of Khiva by visiting Madrasah of Mukhammad Amin-khan is one of the main sights, located in the historical district Itchan-Kala. It is the largest madrasah not only in Khiva but in the Central Asia. The two-storied building occupies the area of 72 to 60 meters and has 125 khudjras (cells), intended for 260 students. The unique of this madrasah is that each khudjra consisted of two rooms and khudjras on second floor consisted of room and loggia, looking out the facade. The Madrasah was built in 1851-1854 by the order of Khiva ruler Muhammad Amin-khan and was named after him. The building of the Madrasah of Mukhammad Amin-khan has five domes and flank towers. The facade is decorated with rich ornament of glazed brick, wooden doors abound in ornamental carving, majolica face impresses with herbal patterns. Above the entrance there is the inscription in Arabic: “This wonderful building will stay here forever to descendants’ joy”. Madrasah (1851-1854), Mukhammad Rahimkhan Madrasah(1876), Kalta-Minor(1855), KunyaArk(XVII-XIXc), Juma Mosque (XVIIIc), Tash-Khovli Palace (XIXc), Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum (1701), Minaret of Islam-Khoja(XiXc).
Later in the afternoon, drive to Tozabog (1897)- Summer Place of Khiva Emirs. Two kilometers to south-west from Khiva in the territory of 0,5 ha there is one of the summer residences of Khiva Khans of the Kungrat dynasty. The summer residence was built in 1897 by order of the Khiva Khan Muhammad Rahimhan II. Muhammad Rahimhan II is the eleventh ruler of Khiva from the Kungrat dynasty. He was born in 1845 and came to power in Khiva in 1864. His regiment in Khiva was distinguished by construction of many mosques, madrassah, bath-houses and other structures of civil architecture. The most famous monument built by order of Mukammad Rakimhan II up to date is the Muhammad Rahimhan II Madrassah, the largest in Central Asia madrassah. After the tour your driver will drop you to Khiva.
Overnight in Khiva.
Prepare for checkout, your driver cum guide will pick you up and drive you to Bukhara.
On the way to Bukhara enjoy the scenic views of Amudarya river and the desert. The Amu Darya[a] (In Persian is also called the Amu, Amo River, or Amudaryo), and historically known by its Latin name Oxus or Greek is a major river in Central Asia and Afghanistan. Rising in the Pamir Mountains, north of the Hindu Kush, the Amu Darya is formed by the confluence of the Vakhsh and Panj rivers, in the Tigrovaya Balka Nature Reserve on the border between Afghanistan and Tajikistan, and flows from there north-westwards into the southern remnants of the Aral Sea. In its upper course, the river forms part of Afghanistan's northern border with Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan. In ancient history, the river was regarded as the boundary of Greater Iran with "Turan", which roughly corresponded to present-day Central Asia.
Bukhara is an ancient city in the central Asian country of Uzbekistan. It was a prominent stop on the Silk Road trade route between the East and the West, and a major medieval center for Islamic theology and culture. It still contains hundreds of well-preserved mosques, madrassas, bazaars and caravanserais, dating largely from the 9th to the 17th centuries.
Overnight in Bukhara.
Today explore Bukhara by visiting The Samanids Mausoleum, built in the 10th century C.E. and is located in the northwestern part of Bukhara, just outside its historic center. It was built as the resting place of the powerful and influential Islamic Samanid dynasty that ruled the Samanid Empire from approximately 900 to 1000. Then passing by the Bolo-Khauz Mosque is a historical mosque in Bukhara, Uzbekistan. Built in 1712, on the opposite side of the citadel of Ark in Registan district, it is inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site list along with the other parts of the historic city. Lunch at the local restaurant (own expenses). Later in the afternoon continue the tour by visiting to Poyi Kalon Architectural Ensemble, Po-i-Kalan or Poi Kalan is an Islamic religious complex located around the Kalan minaret in Bukhara. Contents. Since 713, several ensembles of main mosques were built in this area, to the south of the Ark citadel. One of ... It is equal in size to the Bibi-Khanym Mosque in Samarkand. that consists of Kalon Minaret, Kalon Mosque and Miri Arab Madrasah, Lyabi Khauz Complex. Further you may walk along the three Trading Domes, more famous as Coumpol Bazaar being existed here from the times of the Great Silk Road where you may enjoy time in shopping.
Prepare for checkout, your driver cum guide will pick you up and drive you to Yurt Camp in Kyzyl-Kum desert.
On the way to Yurt Camp via the city of Nurata, you will see the petroglyphs. Millenniums engraved on stone... this is a poetic metaphor for petroglyphs, but what they are? Are they just rock carvings of the Paleolithic era or ritual inscriptions of ancient shamans? Those questions still remain unanswered. Petroglyphs are rock images carved in stone. They can be ritual, memorial or landmark. Traditionally, petroglyphs are all the images carved in the stone, from ancient times to the Middle Ages. The importance of the petroglyphs for the study of material and spiritual culture of ancient people is enormous. Sometimes, only petroglyphs can give an estimate for a culture of antiquity, to show the life of ancient people, their beliefs and ideas about the world. Arrive in Nurata and visit Complex Chashma also known as Nurata Shrine, consists of the source of the same name, the Djuma Mosque and a bathhouse which is also called Khamom. The complex is a key attraction for religious pilgrims of the region and even of the neighbouring countries. Visit the fortress founded by Alexander the Great himself in the IV century BC, Juma mosque, bath-house and ancient mosque Panjvakta (XVIc.). Nurota was founded as the ancient town Nur, in 327 BC by Alexander the Great. The remains of his military fortress in the south of the town are still to be seen today and the water supply system that Alexander had installed is still partially used.
Later in the afternoon drive to Yurt Camp in Kyzyl-Kum desert. Safari yurt camp is located 60 km from Nurata, the nearest town, at the border of sandy Kyzyl Kum Desert and Lake Aydarkul. The camp has 20 traditional nomad yurts. The place is very remote, in the middle of nowhere, and some tourists believe that the location leaves much to be desired. There’s not much to see out here except nondescript desert and a reservoir. In the immediate vicinity of the yurtcamp is nothing else to see, small bushes on all sides. But the place is good for camel rides. Safari camp is located pretty far from Aydarkul lake, so to get there one would need a car or a camel.
Overnight in Yurt Camp.
In the morning enjoy a Camel ride in the camp. Then later in the day, you will be transferred to Sentab village.
The village of Sentab is situated on the southern slopes of the Nurata Range close to the Nurata State Reserve, Navoi province. Since the 5th century the area has been known as a goldfield. Local people continue to follow ancient traditions and lifestyle. The village is the only one in the region where you can come across houses built of flat stones on the edges of steep walls. The Sentabsay, a little stream running along the gorge and cutting the village into two parts, is responsible for the wonderful microclimate permeating this cozy place on the border between mountains and a lifeless desert. If you walk up the gorge for 13 km, you will get to a small mountain lake called Fazilman, where you can have a good rest with a picnic.
Overnight in Sentab Village.
Prepare for check out and your driver cum guide will drive you to a scenic journey to Samarkand.
On arrival in Samarkand proceed to your hotel and check in.
Later in the afternoon enjoy a visit Registan square with 3 huge madrasahs: Ulughbek (XVc.), Shirdar (XVIIc.) & Tillakori (XVIIc.) and Bibi Khanum mosque (XIV-XVc.). Registan Square was the heart of the ancient city of Samarkand of the Timurid Empire, now in Uzbekistan. The name Rēgistan means "sandy place" or "desert" in Persian. The Registan Squares consist of Ulugbek Madrasah, The Ulugh Beg Madrasa is a religious educational institution in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. It was built by Ulugh Beg during the Timurid dynasty at the Registan in the heart of the ancient city of Samarkand. Sherdor Madrasah-This ornate 17th-century madrassa at the Registan is covered in tile, including tiger mosaics. Tillya-Kori Madrasah, Opulent building completed in 1660, featuring gold & elaborate decorative patterns & a domed mosque.
Samarkand is a city in Uzbekistan known for its mosques and mausoleums. It's on the Silk Road, the ancient trade route linking China to the Mediterranean. Prominent landmarks include the Registan, a plaza bordered by 3 ornate, majolica-covered madrassas dating to the 15th and 17th centuries, and Gur-e-Amir, the towering tomb of Timur (Tamerlane), founder of the Timurid Empire.
Overnight in Samarkand.
In the morning enjoy a visit the famous Guri Emir Mausoleum of the Turco-Mongol conqueror Timur in Samarkand, the graveyard of Amir Temur and his generation. Explore The Shah-i-Zinda Ensemble includes mausoleums and other ritual buildings of 9-14th and 19th centuries. The name Shah-i-Zinda (meaning "The living king") is connected with the legend that Kusam ibn Abbas, a cousin of the Prophet Muhammad, is buried here. He came to Samarkand with the Arab invasion in the 7th century to preach Islam. Popular legends speak that he was beheaded for his faith, but he didn't die, took his head and went into the deep well (Garden of Paradise), where he's still living now. The Shah-i-Zinda complex was formed over eight (from 11th till 19th) centuries and now includes more than twenty buildings. The Afrasiab Museum of Samarkand is a museum located at the historical site of Afrasiyab, one of the largest archaeological sites in the world and the ancient city that was destroyed by the Mongols in the early 13th century. After the tour your last stop will be in Konigil village, where you will explore traditional way of making Samarkand paper. It was betrayal that brought the paper-making craft to Samarkand. In the year 751 the Chinese invaded Central Asia, but the ruler of Samarkand defeated their troops and captured many thousands of soldiers. To save their lives, the story goes, craftsmen among the captives revealed their knowledge of paper-making to their captors. From then on, Samarkand became a center for paper production.
Later in the day, take the train from Samarkand to Tashkent.
On arrival in Tashkent, the driver will drop you to the hotel and check in.
Day is free to explore the capital city of Uzbekistan
After breakfast. The day is free until checkout time. The driver will pick you up and drop you to the airport for your onward flight.
AED 7,450/- per person, prices are based on twin sharing.
Duration: 13 Days / 12Nights.
Destinations: Tashkent, Khiva, Bukhara, Muynak & Nukus.
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Economy class, Dubai / Tashkent / Dubai.
2 nights in Tashkent & Bukhara based on twin sharing basis.
2 nights in Nukus & Khiva based on twin sharing basis.
1 night in Aral Sea, Samarkand, Yurt Camp & Sentab Village based on twin sharing basis.
Return airport transfers in Tashkent on private car.
Internal transfer from Tashkent-Nukus-Aral Sea-Khiva-Bukhara-Samarkand-Sentad Village-Yurt Camp on private car.
Scenic tours in Nukus, Khiva, Tashkent Bukhara, Aral Sea & Samarkand on private standard car.
Visit the Samanids Mausoleum, Registan square, Guri Emir Mausoleum & Nurata Shrine on private standard car.
Enjoy a camel ride in Yurt Camp.
Complimentary travel insurance.
All airline and hotel taxes.
Uzbekistan: is a Central Asian nation and former Soviet republic. It's known for its mosques, mausoleums and other sites linked to the Silk Road, the ancient trade route between China and the Mediterranean. Samarkand, a major city on the route, contains a landmark of Islamic architecture: the Registan, a plaza bordered by 3 ornate, mosaic-covered religious schools dating to the 15th and 17th centuries.
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Tashkent- is the capital city of Uzbekistan. It’s known for its many museums and its mix of modern and Soviet-era architecture. The Amir Timur Museum houses manuscripts, weapons and other relics from the Timurid dynasty. Nearby, the huge State Museum of History of Uzbekistan has centuries-old Buddhist artifacts. The city’s skyline is distinguished by Tashkent Tower, which offers city views from its observation deck.
Samarkand - a city in Uzbekistan known for its mosques and mausoleums. It's on the Silk Road, the ancient trade route linking China to the Mediterranean. Prominent landmarks include the Registan, a plaza bordered by 3 ornate, majolica-covered madrassas dating to the 15th and 17th centuries, and Gur-e-Amir, the towering tomb of Timur (Tamerlane), founder of the Timurid Empire.
Bukhara - is an ancient city in the central Asian country of Uzbekistan. It was a prominent stop on the Silk Road trade route between the East and the West, and a major medieval center for Islamic theology and culture. It still contains hundreds of well-preserved mosques, madrassas, bazaars and caravanserais, dating largely from the 9th to the 17th centuries.
Khiva - is a city of approximately 90,000 people located in Xorazm Region, Uzbekistan. According to archaeological data, the city was established around 1500 years ago. It is the former capital of Khwarezmia and the Khanate of Khiva.
Andijan - is a city in Uzbekistan. It is the administrative, economic, and cultural center of Andijan Region. Andijan is located in the south-eastern edge of the Fergana Valley near Uzbekistan's border with Kyrgyzstan. Andijan is one of the oldest cities in the Fergana Valley.
Nukus - is the sixth-largest city in Uzbekistan and the capital of the Republic of Karakalpakstan. The Amu Darya river passes west of the town. The city is best known for its world-class Nukus Museum of Art.
Kokand - is a city in Fergana Region in eastern Uzbekistan, at the southwestern edge of the Fergana Valley. The city lies 228 km southeast of Tashkent, 115 km west of Andijan, and 88 km west of Fergana. It is nicknamed "City of Winds".
Termez - is a city in the southernmost part of Uzbekistan near the Hairatan border crossing of Afghanistan. It is the hottest point of Uzbekistan. It has a population of 140,404, and is the capital of Surxondaryo Region.
Namangan - is a city in eastern Uzbekistan. It is the administrative, economic, and cultural center of Namangan Region. Namangan is located in the northern edge of the Fergana Valley, less than 30 km from the Kyrgyzstan border. The city is served by Namangan Airport.
Urgench - is a city in western Uzbekistan. It is the capital of the Khorezm Region, on the Amu Darya River and the Shavat canal. The city is situated 450 km west of Bukhara across the Kyzylkum Desert.
Shakhrisabz - is a city in Qashqadaryo Region in southern Uzbekistan located approximately 80 km south of Samarkand with a population of 100,300. It is located at an altitude of 622 m.
Navoiy, also spelled Navoi, - is a city and the capital of Navoiy Region in the southwestern part of Uzbekistan. It is located at latitude 40° 5' 4N; longitude 65° 22' 45E, at an altitude of 382 meters. The city is named after Ali-Shir Nava'i. As of the 2007 census, its population was 125,800 inhabitants.
Qarshi - is a city in southern Uzbekistan. It is the capital of Qashqadaryo Region and has a population of 197,600. It is about 520 km south-southwest of Tashkent, and about 335 km north of Uzbekistan's border with Afghanistan.
Fergana, or Ferghana, is the capital of Fergana Region in eastern Uzbekistan. Fergana is about 420 km east of Tashkent, about 75 km west of Andijan, and less than 20 km from the Kyrgyzstan border. While the area has been populated for thousands of years, the modern city was founded in 1876.
Jizzakh -is a city and the center of Jizzakh Region in Uzbekistan, northeast of Samarkand.
Margilan - is a city in Fergana Region in eastern Uzbekistan. It is located at latitude 40°28' 16 N: longitude 71°43' 29 E. at an altitude of 487 meters. According to European legend, Margilan was founded by Alexander the Great. On a lunch stop, he was given chicken and bread, from which the town took its name.
Nurafshon - is a town and the administrative centre of Tashkent Region in Uzbekistan. The population of the town is estimated at 21,000. Until 2017, the town was known as Toytepa.
Moʻynoq, also spelled as Muynak and Moynaq - is a city in northern Karakalpakstan, an autonomous republic in Uzbekistan. Formerly a sea port on the Aral Sea, it is now 150 km from the water and thus is a disaster tourism destination. It is also the location for the biggest electronic music festival in Central Asia.
Guliston formerly known as Mirzachul, - is the capital of Sirdaryo Region in eastern Uzbekistan. It lies in the southeastern part of the Mirzachül steppe, 120 kilometres southwest of Tashkent. The main industry in the area is cottonpicking.
Angren - is a city in eastern Uzbekistan. The city is located on the Angren River 70 mi to the east of Tashkent. The City of Angren was created in 1946 from the villages of Jigariston, Jartepa, Teshiktosh, and Qoʻyxona which had emerged in the rich Angren coal basin during World War II.
Chirchiq also spelled as Chirchik - is a city in Tashkent Region, Uzbekistan, about 32 km northeast of Tashkent, along the river Chirchiq. Chirchiq lies in the Chatkal Mountains.
Rishton - is a town in Fergana Region, in Uzbekistan, about halfway between Kokand and Fergana. It is located at latitude 40°21'24N longitude 71°17'5E, and at an elevation of 471 meters. Rishton is one of the most famous and oldest centers of ceramics in Uzbekistan.
Olmaliq also spelled as Almalyk - is a city in the Tashkent Region of central Uzbekistan, approximately 65 km east of Tashkent. It is located at latitude 40° 50' 41N; longitude 69° 35' 54E; at an altitude of 585 meters.
Yangiyer - is a city in Sirdaryo Region, Eastern Uzbekistan. It was established in 1957 as part of the grand Soviet project to cultivate the naturally saline virgin lands of Golodnaya Steppe, a vast area of about 10,000 square kilometres in Eastern Uzbekistan.
Bekabad, formerly Begovat - is a city in eastern Uzbekistan. It lies along both banks of the Syr Darya River near Uzbekistan's border with Tajikistan. Bekabad originally arose in connection with a cement plant. It received the status of a city in 1945. Until 1964, the city was known as Begovat.
Yangiyoʻl also rendered Yangiyul - is a 13th city in Uzbekistan's Tashkent Region, 20 km from the city of Tashkent. Industry in the area includes textiles and paper. In recent years, the city has had an outbreak of HIV, most prevalent among users of injected drugs like heroin.
Asaka - is a city and the administrative center of Asaka District in eastern Uzbekistan, located in the southeastern edge of the Fergana Valley near Uzbekistan's border with Kyrgyzstan. Asaka underwent rapid industrialization during the Soviet era.
Chust -is a city in eastern Uzbekistan. It is the administrative center of Chust District. The City of Chust is located in the northern corner of the Fergana Valley along the river Chustsoy. Chust is one of the oldest cities in the Fergana Valley. The Fergana automobile road passes through the city.
Kogon - is a town and seat of Kogon District in Bukhara Region in Uzbekistan. The city was named Yangi Buxoro until 1935. The city has a railway station, Bukhara-1, serving the city of Bukhara, which is located 12 km from Kogon.
Qoʻngʻirot - also spelled as Kungrad and Kungirot, formerly known as Zheleznodorozhny, is a town in Karakalpakstan, Uzbekistan, located in the Amu Darya delta on the left bank of the river.
Vobkent - is a town in the Bukhara Region of Uzbekistan and the capital of Vabkent district. It is famous for a minaret constructed in 1196–1198, under the reign of Ala ad-Din Tekish. Vabkent is situated ca. 28 km from the city of Bukhara.
Zarafshan - is a city of over 68,000 inhabitants in the center of Uzbekistan's Navoiy Region. Located in the Kyzylkum desert, it receives water from the Amudarya by a 220-km pipeline. Zarafshan is called "the gold capital of Uzbekistan".
Gʻuzor - also spelled as Guzar is a town in Qashqadaryo Region of Uzbekistan. It serves as the administrative center of Guzar District. Polish War Cemetery in Guzar.
Denov - is a town in Surxondaryo Region of southeast Uzbekistan, the administrative centre of Denov District. It is in the Hissar Range close to the border with Tajikistan, and is the closest major town to the Kalchayan and Dalverzin Tepe archaeological sites.
Uchquduq - is a city in the north of Navoiy Region, Uzbekistan. The city's name means "three draw-wells" in Uzbek. It is located at 42°9′24″N 63°33′20″E, at an altitude of 193 meters in the middle of the Kyzyl Kum Desert.
Beruniy - is a small city in the Karakalpakstan, Uzbekistan. It is located on the northern bank of the Amu Darya near Uzbekistan's border with Turkmenistan. The city is the seat of Beruniy District. Historically, Beruniy was known as Kath and served as the capital of Khwarezm during the Afrighid dynasty.
Qorasuv - is a town in Qo‘rg‘ontepa District of Andijan Region in eastern Uzbekistan, about 50 km from the district capital of Andijan. The town's name means "black water" in Uzbek. It lies in the politically volatile and religiously conservative Fergana Valley, along the border with Kyrgyzstan.
Uchqoʻrgʻon - is a city and seat of Uchqoʻrgʻon District in Namangan Province in eastern Uzbekistan. In 1969 Uchqoʻrgʻon was granted city status. The city has cotton-cleaning and oil-extracting factories.
Qorakoʻl - also spelled as Karakul is a town in the Bukhara Region of Uzbekistan. It is the capital of Qorakoʻl District. "Qoraqo'l" means "black lake" in Uzbek language. The town population in 1989 year was 16 650 people.
Quva, or Quva - is the capital of Quva district in eastern Uzbekistan. Quva is about 450 km east of Tashkent, about 46 km west of Andijan, and less than 17 km from the Kyrgyzstan border.
Urgut - is a town in the Samarqand Region of Uzbekistan and the capital of Urgut District. It is known for the grove of plane trees, some of which are more than 1000 years old. Urgut is located in mountainous areas. Urgutlik people are a subgroup of ethnic Uzbeks who track their ancestry to people from a town of Urgut.
Khast Imam - This collection of mosques and madrasas in the centre of Tashkent is home to what is supposed to be the worlds oldest Qur’an.
Chorsu Bazaar - The chaotic network of stalls, outdoor food stands and wholesalers is everything you would expect from a Central Asian bazaar at the centre of the old silk road. Often believed to be housed within this blue dome picture below, stalls and food stands radiate for what seems like forever.
The Soviet Mosaics - Tashkent is home to some impressive Soviet architecture, however Shota Rustaveli Street, South East of the Grand Mir hotel has a number of old Soviet era tower blocks decked out in some rather fantastic mosaics.
Kolkouz Canal - This canal runs from very close to the Chitagay Bazar, near Tinchlik subway all the way to Khast Imam. With narrow alleyways decorated by old Lada’s and crawling vines, this is an excellent place to explore and get to know old Tashkent.
Minor Mosque - This huge white marble mosque was built between 2013-2014 under the orders of the country’s then-leader, Islam Karimov.
Amir Timur Square - is the most famous Central Asian conqueror in history. At its largest, the empire stretched from the borders of Western China all the way to Turkey.
Navor Theatre - The Navoi Theatre is the best place to catch a ballet show in Tashkent. The small ticket office outside the theatre has a schedule posted on the window.
Mausoleums as Tashkent Islamic University - Exploring this part of Tashkent can easily be combined with a visit to Druzhba Narodov and Navoi Park. Within the grounds of Tashkent University lies the Sheikhantaur Memorial Complex. The three remaining mausoleums (originally there were 16) are quite easy to find once you enter the University.
Navoi Park - The huge expanse of green has lots of shady areas and trees to escape Uzbekistan’s oppressive heat. Expect to find plenty Timur statues as well others commemorating famous Uzbek poets, musicians and writers. Around the fringes of the park, there are some restaurants, shops and food stalls if you want to grab some manti and shashlik and have yourself a picnic in the shade.
Plov Uzbekistan’s National Dish - No visit to Uzbekistan is complete without eating some plov. Supposedly the Central Asian Plov Centre serves the best in all of Central Asia.
Islam Karimov Museum - This museum is dedicated to the countries’ former authoritarian leader Islam Karimov who died in 2016. This is definitely one of the least touristy places in Tashkent. He had been president of Uzbekistan since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. An authoritarian leader responsible for numerous human rights abuses, the most notorious being the Andijan massacre in 2005.
Chimgan Canyon - Located 2 hours or so north of Tashkent is the Chimgan canyon, home to hiking, rafting and skiing amongst other things.
Museum of Railways Techniques - Fancy spending a morning climbing around a bunch of old Soviet trains? If so then this is the place for you! There are certainly some dodgy restoration jobs on display, but it’s definitely an interesting place to check out.
Registan - By far one of the most popular places to visit in Samarkand, the Registan was the very heart of the ancient city. It has gained worldwide fame with its grand architecture.
Ulugh Beg Madrasah - This Madrasah was built from 1417 to 1420 by Ulugh Beg during the Timurid dynasty. Ulugh Beg was a scientist on the throne. He was a prominent astronomer of his times and was a big promoter of education, science and art. It is a religious educational institution in Samarkand. It was among the best universities of the Muslim Orient in the 15th Century CE.
Tilya-Kori Madrasah - was the last madrasah to be built and was constructed between 1646–1660. Tilya-Kori means covered in gold, and it is known as the largest and most glorious structure of the Registan Square. This is referring to the lavish gold decoration of its mosque domed chamber. In the 17th century, it was the largest mosque in Samarkand. Right up to the 19th century, this madrassah mosque was used by the people, but from the beginning of the 20th century, it served as a monument.
Sher-Dor Madrasah - was built on a place of ruins of Khanaka of Ulugh Beg between 1619–1636. It was ordered by Yalangtush Bakhodur who was the ruler of Samarkand in the 17th century. The name translates to “Madrassah of the Lions”. It was named after the mosaic motif on the upper part of its entrance portal, known as ‘Tiglon’.
BIBI-Khanym Mosque - one of the most important and top Samarkand attractions in the entire city. The story goes that Tamerlane’s wife ordered the construction of this beautiful mosque sometime between 1399 and 1405, after his successful campaign through India. The architect fell madly in love with his wife, and delayed the building of the mosque. He kissed the lady on the cheek, leaving a burn on her skin, which angered Timur when he returned from India.
Siab Bazaar - is the oldest and largest bazaar in Samarkand, and is literally next door to Bibi-Khanym Mosque. Over time the bazaar has been modernised but still has its unique and interesting charm.
Khoja gaukushan - is the largest architectural complex in Bukhara with a mosque, a madrassah and a minaret. It is in a quiet corner that used to be less peaceful. Gaukushan means killing of the bulls and this was once the place where cows were sold and slaughtered.
Bukhara Photo Gallery - In a former caravan serai opposite the Khoja Gaukushan complex is a small private photo gallery. The pictures are beautiful and reflect daily scenes of Uzbek life. Entrance is free, but of course they hope you buy one of their pictures in postcard or poster format.
Lyab I Haus pond - is surrounded by some of the top things to do in Bukhara. You could say that this pond is the heart of the city and every day the teahouses are full with both locals and tourists.
Chor minor - is among the top things to do in Bukhara. It is a bit of a mystery what this building was used for and why it’s architecture is rather unique. For sure it was not a mosque, even though the towers seem to resemble minarets.
Ulugbek & Abdil Aziz Khan Medressah - Ulugbeg more often in Uzbekistan. He ruled the Timurid empire in the 15th century, but was actually more interested in astronomy, science and arts. He coudn’t establish his power as a ruler, but he was able to build the Ulug Beg observatory in Samarkand and two madrassah’s. One in Samarkand and one in Bukhara.
Merchant Khojaev House -If you want to see how wealthy merchants in Bukhara used to live in the 19th century you can pay a visit to the Khodjaev house museum. Faizulla Khojaev was a leader of the young Bukhara political party and fought for equal rights and democracy. People in Bukhara still remember him and his family home was turned into a museum that offers a glimpse of life in the 19th century.
Kalyon Complex - For centuries religious complexes have been built, destroyed and rebuild at the Po-i-Kalyan complex. First it was Zoroastrian fire towers then it became islamic structures. Now the Po-i-Kalyan is most famous for the 12th century Kalyan minaret. The current mosque and madrassah are from the 16th century and the Kalyan mosque was built to rival the Bibi Khanum mosque in Samarkand.
Samonid Park - offers a nice break from the hectic city. Even here you find history with the Samanid mausoleum. It doesn’t look that impressive, but it is one of the oldest buildings in Bukhara. It is also unique because it combines both Zoroastrian elements with Islamic ones. Inside are the remains of Ismail Samani that ruled Bukhara in the 9th century.
Sukhov Water Tower - When we arrived in Bukhara in April 2019 the water tower built by Soviet engineer Vladimir Sukhov in 1920 had just reopened as a tourist attraction. It was already very popular with locals and tourists alike. On the second floor is a pricey restaurant and on the third floor the viewing deck with a nice view on the Arc of Bukhara.
Bolo Hauz Mosque - What it lacks in grandeur and size is compensated by its beautiful intricate patterns and decorations. Don’t forget to look up, because the ceilings are amazing.
Ark of Bukhara - was meant to keep Bukhara’s rulers safe and the fortifications that were built as early as the 5th century are a city in its own right. The museums inside tell the story of Bukhara’s magnificent history. A visit to the Arc is among the top things to do in Bukhara, even if you just come to see the impressive entrance gate and city walls from the outside.
Greater Chimgan of the Chatkal Mountain range - is located in the territory of the Ugam-Chatkal National Park, and it is in the Bostanlyk administrative district, Uzbekistan. The Chimgan village was settled 400–500 years ago in the mountain massive of dominant the Greater Chimgan peak, at an altitude of 1,620 m.
Hotel Uzbekistan - One of the things you love the most about traveling to ex-Soviet countries is visiting Soviet buildings. They are massive, old-fashioned and made of concrete. In Tashkent, the best Soviet building is the Hotel Uzbekistan, whose size won’t leave you indifferent. I believe that each window must be a room.
Weird statues - Some places in Tashkent are filled with very strange things that seem like a joke. From statues of animals that look like they were stoned to creepy characters and the weird couple from below, I wonder if they are aimed at unhappy kids or the artist was just completely high. One interesting place to see these things is the park next to Gafur Gulom station.