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Fergana Valley: The Birthplace of Souvenirs in Uzbekistan

“May I ask where did you get these from?” We asked, pointing at the cloth and pottery. “Hmm…from a place, Fergana Valley”, the shop owner answered honestly. Today Fergana Valley stretches across three former Soviet states, from eastern Uzbekistan through Kyrgyzstan to Tajikistan. As such, it is an area of incomparable cultural and ethnic diversity […]

Tashkent: 15 Amazing Places To See In Uzbekistan’s Capital

Whilst it may not receive as much attention as the infamous Silk Road cities like Bukhara, Samarkand and Khiva, Tashkent is definitely not a place to skip. It is a capital city that has an intriguing mix of Soviet-era architecture and religious mausoleums of several faiths, yet it is also a clean and modern city with […]

8 Places In Samarkand That Are Pretty Impressive

Samarkand is the second largest city of Uzbekistan and is of the same age as the city of Babylon or Rome. Much like the time-worn ruins of Athens or Rome, the mosaic-covered masterpieces of ancient Samarkand stand like misplaced islands among the urban sprawl of a modern city; gleaming peaks of turquoise and rustic bricked-walls eaten […]

Bukhara: Exploring Uzbekistan’s Holiest City

Set between the slight hectic scenes of Samarkand and the maze-like alleyways of Khiva, Bukhara is a happy medium. Rising from sprawling sand dunes, this twinkling turquoise city was built directly on the Silk Road. It was one of the main intellectual centers of the commerce, education, and religion in the 9th and 10th century. Be […]

Khiva: Time Travel To The forgotten Silk Road

Khiva is far they said, but it’s so worth the effort to get there. And they couldn’t have been more right. Khiva is often missed out by travellers visiting Uzbekistan, mainly due to its long distance from either Bukhara or Tashkent. It’s understandable to disregard Khiva, considering once you have seen Samarkand and Bukhara, you may feel you have […]

Karakalpakstan – A Guide To The Aral Sea Ship Graveyard

Have you ever heard about the Republic of Karakalpakstan (or Qaraqalpaqstan)? No? Well, don’t worry, because most people don’t know about the existence of this theoretically autonomous northwestern end of Uzbekistan which is now poor and hungry for water. Truth is, most people don’t know much about Uzbekistan either. Read More: Useful Tips To Know Before […]

Useful Tips To Know Before Travelling to Uzbekistan

With its stretches of stunning architecture, rich culture and gorgeous landscapes marking the country’s importance along the ancient Silk Road, Uzbekistan offers travellers an unique adventure. As any Uzbekistan travel guide can confirm, Uzbekistan is the number one country to visit if you want to witness the spectacular marketplace buildings and mosques of the Silk […]

9 Reasons Why Uzbekistan Should Be Your Next Travel Destination

When we told people that we were going to Uzbekistan, the reactions we got all shared a similar thought; “Why Uzbekistan?” “Where is that?” “What is there to do there?” Truth is, we barely knew anything about traveling to Uzbekistan either. We were purely thirsty to explore somewhere less-known; somewhere relatively untouched. Among all the […]

Esfahan: The City That Once Called “Half The World”

For everyone going to Iran, Esfahan is a mandatory city to visit. Forget about Paris, Esfahan is as beautiful yet less touristy. The Persians called it “Nesf-e-Jahan”, meaning “Half the World”. Located right at the center of Iran, Esfahan was one of the largest cities in the world and had been given the honor to […]

Shiraz: Exploring the Heartland of Persian Culture

Known primarily for its literary history, splendid gardens, ancient sophisticated ruins, and its former reputation for wine before the alcohol ban, Shiraz is the fifth most populous city in Iran. The capital of Persian culture, a hub of all of human history, and the gates to the ancient city of Persepolis, Shiraz is one of […]

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