Holidays to Uzbekistan
This once-vital network of trading routes continues to offer one of the greatest travel experiences in the world – laden with history, stories and intrigue. And if one country defines the Silk Road more than any other, it is Uzbekistan. Its crossroads city of Samarkand, home to the spectacular Registan Square, is one of the best-known stops on the Silk Road, while also being one of the oldest continuously-inhabited cities in Central Asia. Here you can savour spiced meats and richly-seasoned rice, feel fine embroidery and ornate pottery steeped in tradition and hear Uzbek, Russian, Tajik and Karakalpak all being spoken.
Where to go
At the heart of the fabled trading route, Uzbekistan has some of its greatest treasures: the wonderful city of Samarkand with a dazzling array of architectural and cultural treasures, such as the Bibi Khanym mosque and myriad ruins; Bukhara – known as Central Asia’s holiest city with an abundance of monuments, mosques and madrasahs; and Khiva, with its beautifully preserved old town. In the capital, visit the ornate Tashkent metro, the seventh to be built in the USSR, or head into the Nurata Mountains for unbeatable stargazing.
When to go
The shoulder months of May and October offer the most temperate weathers when compared to the often scorching-hot summers and bitterly cold winters. Why not visit Uzbekistan during Navruz, a colourful Persian New Years holiday in March, or during the Silk and Spices Festival, held annually in Bukhara at the end of May?