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A tour of Uzbekistan will reveal a truly alien land filled with colour, culture, caravanserais and beautiful blue minarets and mausoleums. It’s an ethnic and cultural melting pot with ancient roots and many stories and secrets to share.
The cities of Uzbekistan are the legacy of Tamburlaine and manifest in magnificent buildings and glorious Timurid mosques and shrines.
Architecture connoisseurs will be surprised by Samarkand’s impressive Central Asian design, particularly the Registan (the main square) with its surrounding buildings whose pillars, arches and domes come in all colours and shapes. The old town is a treasure trove of old and beautiful buildings dotted around a warren of jumbled streets with the Ark, a citadel with 18-metre walls, at its heart.
Bukhara is a large, unique and authentic art museum city that maintains its original oriental face and transports you back through the centuries. Alternatively, or maybe as well, you could visit c, one of Asia’s best kept secrets, with its imposing grand city walls, large gates and bastions of clay.
If you’re looking to indulge your Marco Polo fantasies, you’ll find that the eastern bazaars and tea houses of the Silk Road retain a wonderfully heady atmosphere of times gone by.
Weather & Climate
Uzbekistan has an extreme continental climate. It is generally warmest in the south and coldest in the north.
When to go
The best time to visit is during the spring and autumn, with September being the absolute optimum month.