Uzbekistan Travel Guide

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Uzbekistan Highlights

  • Pro
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    johnsakura says…

     Nice historic monuments, Bukhara, Registan Square Samarkand 

  • Con
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    kokoryko says…

     Quite hot in summer, but part of the pleasure of travels!! 

  • In a nutshell
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    johnsakura says…

     Great Silk Road Experience 

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Tashkent

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265,578,14

Samarkand

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308,908,30

Bukhara

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374,986,4

Tashkent

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49,127,3

Khiva

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160,499,2

Fergana

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32,117,0

Shahrisabz

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41,96,0

Nurata

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17,55,0

Qarshi

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3,6,0

Marghilon

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12,23,0

Farg'ona

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8,14,0

Termiz

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6,4,0

Uchkuduk

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Samarkand

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Nukus

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6,10,0

Yangiqishloq

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1,5,0

Urganch

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0,1,0

Tashkurgan

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0,1,0

Stantsiya Termez

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0,4,0

Qo'qon

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10,26,0

Andijon

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4,5,0

Tashkent

See all 49 Tashkent Tips
  • Tashkent station Express-3 code =...

    Tashkent Transportation

    If anyone tries to look up the schedule, trains, berth availability on Express-3 Russian reservation system in 99% of cases nothing will come up for Tashkent.This is simply because a city is not the same thing as a station and the Express-3 reservation system is very picky.Instead of trying all kind of combinations in Cyrillic to satisfy the...

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  • The Park Turon

    Tashkent Hotels

    1, Abdulla Kodiriy St, Tashkent, 100128, Uzbekistan

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Le Meridien Tashkent Palace

    Tashkent Hotels

    Tashkent Palace Hotel has been the Le Meridien. It is a nice 4-star-hotel in Russian style. It looks...

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  • Tashkent Nightlife and clubs

    Tashkent Nightlife

    I have not seen any decent reviews of the nightlife in tashkent. would love to help people out to have a great time.first you can definitely party till the wee hours of early morning. people usually party in the clubs till 4 am and then they go to some after hour places for food once they are hungry.the best clubs in tashkent to visit are:Kt. Komba...

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Samarkand

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  • Registan

    Samarkand Things to Do

    Like the much larger Sher Dor medressa at the Registan, and built at the same time, the portal of the Khodja Akrar ensemble features the most-unIslamic lion/tigers (maned and striped - you choose) and deer, but without the smiling sun-heads this time. Here a 17th century medressa has been built around the shrine of an earlier holy figure -the...

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  • Hotel Afrosiyob Palace

    Samarkand Hotels

    Hotel Afrosiyab is a modern highrise buillding. It does not look very nice from outside. But it...

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  • Sharq Train to Samarkand

    Samarkand Transportation

    We took the Sharq train from Tashkent to Samarkand. The price was 21000 Som per person(about $8), and The trip took 3.5 hours. The seats were almost comfortable, but the whole train looked rather old and the air conditioners were not working. There was no breakfast or anything, though you could order tea or coffee.

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Bukhara

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  • Lyab-i-Hauz

    Bukhara Things to Do

    This pool is really the heart of Bukhara. You can sit here and enjoy some green tea and shashlik whilst watching the world (and the ducks) go by. Just watch out for the giant wasps who have a taste for shashlik. (I'm slightly wasp-phobic as my father was allergic to wasp stings, but since my visit to Bukhara, puny British wasps no longer bother...

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  • Lyabi-House Hotel

    Bukhara Hotels

    This is where we thought we were staying on our first visit to Bukhara - a charmingly restored old...

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  • Bukhara's Jewish heritage

    Bukhara Local Customs

    Whilst there's some debate as to when Jews first arrived in Bukhara (some say as far back as the reign of Cyrus in the 5th C BCE , others the 14th C CE following forced expulsions from elsewhere in Central Asia), they were, for hundreds of years, an integral part of trade and industry that created the city's wealth. Rich as many of them may have...

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Tashkent

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  • Tashkent station Express-3 code =...

    Tashkent Transportation

    If anyone tries to look up the schedule, trains, berth availability on Express-3 Russian reservation system in 99% of cases nothing will come up for Tashkent.This is simply because a city is not the same thing as a station and the Express-3 reservation system is very picky.Instead of trying all kind of combinations in Cyrillic to satisfy the...

    more
  • The Park Turon

    Tashkent Hotels

    1, Abdulla Kodiriy St, Tashkent, 100128, Uzbekistan

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Le Meridien Tashkent Palace

    Tashkent Hotels

    Tashkent Palace Hotel has been the Le Meridien. It is a nice 4-star-hotel in Russian style. It looks...

    more
  • Tashkent Nightlife and clubs

    Tashkent Nightlife

    I have not seen any decent reviews of the nightlife in tashkent. would love to help people out to have a great time.first you can definitely party till the wee hours of early morning. people usually party in the clubs till 4 am and then they go to some after hour places for food once they are hungry.the best clubs in tashkent to visit are:Kt. Komba...

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Khiva

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  • Photographing Khiva

    Khiva Favorites

    As you wander through the sun-baked streets and lanes of Khiva do take time to notice not just the architecture but also the details which will provide variety and add atmosphere to your photos. A carved door, an especially beautiful piece of tile work, a small window letting in a shaft of light – all these will contribute to the overall picture...

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  • Hotel Asia Khiva

    Khiva Hotels

    K. Yaqubova Street, Khiva, Uzbekistan

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Families

  • Misha has retired

    Khiva Favorites

    Guidebooks and tour companies all mention Misha (photo 4) - Khiva's lone camel - who spent years standing in the city's main square and who probably ended up featuring in every tourist's photo album. He was there on our first visit in 2005, looking as bored and as grumpy as only a camel can. Well, after 20 years of that, he's been retired and a...

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Fergana

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  • Always time for tea

    Fergana Restaurants

    The chaikhana is is central to life in Uzbekistan, and nowhere more so than in the Fergana Valley. This is where the old men come to while away the hours, drinking tea, chewing the fat with old friends, snoozing in the shade on a hot day. Families come too, several generations together - there's always room for one more on the takhta - the large...

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  • A Russian city ....

    Fergana Things to Do

    ...named for a 9th century astronomer (al-Farghani - or to give him his full title - Abu'l-Abbas Ahmad ibn Muhammad ibn Kathir al-Farghani), Fergana (or as the Uzbeks spell it - Farg'ona) was founded in 1876 to be the regional centre for the Tsarist regime that had annexed the Khanates of Turkestan (Bukhara, Khiva and Kokhand) one by one as Russia...

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  • First catch your YAK

    Fergana Transportation

    Flying to Fergana from Tashkent meant a very early start to the day for us, though not as early as it might have been - our Thursday morning flight left at 0750, Saturday and Sunday's flights left at 0505 and 0550 respectively! 0750 was bad enough - it meant a 0600 pickup from our hotel and a long and boring wait at the airport - we'd been advised...

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Shahrisabz

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  • Seat of Power and Might

    Shahrisabz Things to Do

    Unusually, Shakhrisabz's Dorus Siadat - Seat of Power and Might - although built by Temur as a burial place for first one, then another, of his sons who predeceased him, shows little sign of the restoration that has been so evident at other buildings of this period of Uzbek history. Instead, its reddish-brown bulk, with its most untypical...

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  • Respect and Consideration ....

    Shahrisabz Things to Do

    ...are the virtues extolled in the name of the Dorut Tilovat madressah, built beside the Kok Gumbaz Mosque.Two mausolea, each topped with a small blue dome, and a reconstructed row of student cells are all that remain of the once huge medressah that stood here. The first was built in 1374 by Temur for his father's spiritual advisor and it is...

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  • Up to the farm

    Shahrisabz Off The Beaten Path

    And up it was - a long flight of steps up from the road to the farmhouse on the hill above us. We'd stopped there just after turning off the main Samarkand to Bukhara road as we headed for Shahrisabz. At the top we found not only the farmhouse and, as everywhere in this most hospitable of countries, a welcome pot of tea, but a weaving workshop...

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Nurata

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  • Sarmish-Say petroglyphs

    Nurata Off The Beaten Path

    Sarmish-say is a river gorge on the south slope of the Karatau mountain ridge belonging to the Zarafshan mountain range. It is situated about 30 km northeast of the city of Navoi, which is about 170 km southwest of Samarkand.Took a trip after getting info on the following site http://www.advantour.com/uzbekistan/sarmish-say.htmGPS coordinates:...

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  • One small bag for the desert

    Nurata What to Pack

    As I’ve described elsewhere, our journey to the yurt camp was in a small soviet bus, so we had to restrict ourselves to one small day-sac or similar. You need to think carefully about what are the essentials – here are my suggestions: ~ The only time I felt a little chilly in Uzbekistan was first thing in the morning in the desert. I quite enjoyed...

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  • Swim in Aidurkal Lake

    Nurata Sports & Outdoors

    For me, the highlight of our visit to Aidurkal Lake was the opportunity it afforded for a swim. After several days travelling, and some involving long bus journeys through the hot desert, I was glad of the chance to relax in its cooling waters. If you want to do the same, come prepared. There are no bushes for privacy behind which to change, but...

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Qarshi

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  • Your Choice a Day in a Car or Ride the...

    Qarshi Transportation

    Traveling to Qarshi or any other city, you can choose to ride the dangerous roads of this former Soviet country or you can fly in Uzbek Airline's Yak 40 fleet.This is a rundown Russian jet with three engines on the back that can seat 35 to 40 people. You carry your own bags from the terminal and load them up the rear stairs into the racks at the...

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  • Uzbek Fashion Victims

    Qarshi Local Customs

    The Uzbek women wear a combination of clothes that would shock a European or American woman. One woman that I saw had purple pants, green socks and a red and pink flowered jacket. Add to that, a mouth full of gold teethand you have a real fashion victim!Here is a fashion victim waiting for a ride into town from the refinery site in the desert.

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  • Plastic Refinery near Qarshi

    Qarshi Off The Beaten Path

    If you are going to Qarshi, either you are in the military or you are going to work at the plastic refinery near the natural gas fields. This is located about 40 miles Southwest of the city.It was built by an Italian company, so the food was quite good in the camp outside the factory. This is the usual way big projects like this are built. There is...

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Marghilon

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  • Finest shopping at Yodgorlik Silk...

    Marghilon Shopping

    Either before or after the factory tour you can also buy at their shop. I can only highly recommend to buy here (rather than in the bazaars wherever you are in Uzbekistan), as you can be 100% sure that all silk was made here and you will get very reasonable prices = the real prices. The shop might look small, but they have a huge storage behind it,...

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  • Visit Yodgorlik Silk Factory

    Marghilon Things to Do

    According to their website, it is the biggest silk manufacturing factory in Uzbekistan where most of the work is done by hand and where mostly natural dyes are used to colour the silk. From what I saw I believe it, the site is huge and except for the silk cocoon part (it was not the time of year for the cocoons to be collected and “processed”),...

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  • Beautiful silk carpets

    Marghilon Local Customs

    As I wrote earlier, not only silk cloth is made here, but silk carpets as well. Christina showed the room where the girls worked on suzanis and on silk carpets (photo 2: suzani work on the left, silk carpet on the right). On photo 1 is the carpet, that was finished just recently (Christina held it up for a better view), and she said that it took 6...

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Farg'ona

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  • Eating options in Ferghana

    Farg'ona Restaurants

    There are for sure several options to grab food or to dine in Ferghana. First of all, you can get almost everything from snacks to shasklyk on the bazaar.If you want to dine in style, you can have lunch or dinner at Hotel Asia, as I did have twice (well, one lunch, one dinner), as I stayed there.Southeast of the bazaar is also a nice chaikhana with...

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  • Ferghana - in general

    Farg'ona Favorites

    As I am the only one who wrote about Ferghana, I am just adding the stuff I would put under the various categories here.Packing list & Shopping:Ferghana has a small department store and a big bazaar - so if you run out of supplies, you can get almost everything here. Ok, most likely not camera chips, but batteries.You should bring however...

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  • Some cars made a looong journey

    Farg'ona Local Customs

    Something I noticed in eastern Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan have been the “cars from western Europe”. In Germany we would say, something falls from a truck, meaning that it is stolen. For the cars I was not quite sure, as it could well have been that some Uzbek traders bought tons of older or used minibusses in western Europe to sell them in their...

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Termiz

See all 6 Termiz Tips
  • Taxi fares from Airport and Border

    Termiz Transportation

    Once you arrive in Termiz you will need to use some taxis. Unfortunately unless you know the local price or you speak very good Russian people will try to get some extra money off you. I went there in September and a good fare from Termiz airport to the border with Afghanistan was 8000 sum, you pay for the taxi no matter the number of people. From...

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  • Small disco bar

    Termiz Nightlife

    The best night spot in town. 1000 soums to get in, good Uzbek and Russian music. Friendly staff Strong German military presence on week-ends. Several unacompanied ladies always grace the place. Good place to go early (10-11). If you go too late, some people embarass themselves after over-indulging. No fun. Normal casual

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  • Swim in a clear lake

    Termiz Off The Beaten Path

    During these hot summer days, you can take a taxi and head for a secluded beach on Lake Utchkisel, about twelve kilometers NO of Termiz, via the road to Tashkent. The beach is small, but clean, and there are virtually no one there. The water is crystal clear and its temperature comfortable. Bring your own refresments because the choice is limited...

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Samarkand

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  • Registan

    Samarkand Things to Do

    Like the much larger Sher Dor medressa at the Registan, and built at the same time, the portal of the Khodja Akrar ensemble features the most-unIslamic lion/tigers (maned and striped - you choose) and deer, but without the smiling sun-heads this time. Here a 17th century medressa has been built around the shrine of an earlier holy figure -the...

    more
  • Hotel Afrosiyob Palace

    Samarkand Hotels

    Hotel Afrosiyab is a modern highrise buillding. It does not look very nice from outside. But it...

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  • Sharq Train to Samarkand

    Samarkand Transportation

    We took the Sharq train from Tashkent to Samarkand. The price was 21000 Som per person(about $8), and The trip took 3.5 hours. The seats were almost comfortable, but the whole train looked rather old and the air conditioners were not working. There was no breakfast or anything, though you could order tea or coffee.

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Nukus

See all 6 Nukus Tips
  • Nukus-Buchara

    Nukus Transportation

    From the Nukus Bus Station (some kilometers outside the city centre - get there by taxi) you can take the bus to SamarkandIt's something of 10-11 hours to Buchara where you arrive in the middle of the night.

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  • Nukus, incredible shipwrecks

    Nukus Things to Do

    Yoy may think I'm crazy: spending two days on dirty local buses to arrive in an agressive town where there's only one hotel and no restaurant.Maybe, but it was worth the effort. The shipwrecks in Moynac are an unforgettable sight sight. What was once a lake is now a sandy desert where some rusty shipwrecks are remainders of a prosperous...

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  • No resto's in Moynac

    Nukus Restaurants

    Moynac looks to be the end of the worldWe didn't find anything to eat on our one hour walk.In the end, we went back to the hotel and begged him to cook us something.He made us some good plov which we had to eat in the dity garage on a not very stable table.At 1500 sum for the meal, it was quite expensive but there seem to be no other options

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