Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan is a large city with a population of around two and a half million people and has a metro system. Although many building are modern or from the Soviet era, the old town retains much of it’s traditional character. Tashkent has numerous restaurants, bars and nightclubs and many museums for those that want to learn about the history of the region.
One of the most popular destinations in Uzbekistan due the the stunning architecture, Samarkand was the capital of Temur’s (Tamerlane) empire. It held an important position on the Silk Road. The Registan is a “must see” of Uzbekistan’s tourist attractions along with the madrassas and tombs around the square.
The ancient city of Bukhara was an important stop on the Silk Road and many of the buildings from that time have remained intact or been restored. The city is quite literally a living museum. From Bukhara Fortress, known as The Ark to Kalyan Minaret and numerous mausoleums and mosques, Bukhara offers so much and is a photographer’s paradise.
Khiva, another major trading centre on the Silk Road retains many of it’s original buildings. Walking through the city walls you are transported back to another time with the Ichon Qala area devoid of any cars. The imposing city walls are up to 10m high and almost as thick.
TOURS IN CENTRAL ASIA