An exotic region largely overlooked by tourism. Uzbekistan is the crossroads of the largest landmass on earth and is open to those who wish to explore the hidden delights of this historic
The land of the Silk Road which stretched from the Middle East to China and along which lie the famous cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and
Khiva. This was the trade artery through which the great civilisations of the East and West exchanged not only produce, but also cultural ideas.
Peoples, rulers and cultures have swept across the region's steppes, deserts and mountains for thousands of years.
WHEN IN UZBEKISTAN WHY NOT…?
Stay overnight in a yurt and ride a camel along part of the Silk Road. As you roll along on the back of a camel close your eyes and imagine that you are at the head of a camel train carrying food and silks along the Silk Road, the greatest ancient trading route. Complete the picture with a night in a traditional yurt and eat with the locals under the stars.
Visit Nukus and see the receding Aral sea. You won’t be able to believe that what was once the fourth largest inland sea is now largely desert. Once the waters of the Aral Sea lapped Nukus and the port of Muynak, which now is now home to a ‘ship cemetery’.
See the fortresses that lie in the desert; Toprak Kala, a 2000-years-old ruined city fortress that grew up around the first century BC and became the capital of the Khorezm in the 3rd and 4th centuries.
Also Ayaz Kala, located 60 kms from Toprak Kala and is an impressive mud-walled hilltop fortress of the 6th and 7th centuries.
Extend your stay in Uzbekistan and visit Kokand and the potter’s town of Rishton. Continue through the valley and visit the
silk producing town of Margilan where the friendly locals still dress
in traditional costume and with hardly a tourist in sight, take pleasure in the
sights, sounds and aromas of the most interesting bazaar in the Fergana Valley.