Uzbekistan is still a little-known tourist destination, yet the country hides little treasures just waiting to be discovered. Once crossed by the legendary Silk Road, this country still retains the traces of a rich historical past. Its fascinating heritage testifies to its role as a crossroads of civilizations and cultures. The trip to Uzbekistan is therefore undoubtedly a trip back in time. Let’s go together to discover the legendary cities of the Silk Road.
Travel to Uzbekistan and its legendary cities on the Silk Road
Tashkent: the capital with many faces
Before venturing into the ancient caravan cities, the trip to Uzbekistan inevitably brings us to the capital Tashkent. The national airport is located in Tashkent, so it is from this city that most of the tourist routes start. A true gateway to the country, the capital of Uzbekistan is also the largest cultural and economic center in Central Asia. In this city of many faces, Eastern and Soviet architecture harmoniously coexist. Do not miss to visit its lavishly decorated metro stations built in the 70s. For those who appreciate beautiful things and history, the Museum of Applied Arts is a must-see which houses a rich collection of traditional crafts..
The Uzbek capital is a city with many faces, both modern and historic
Khiva, the city frozen in time
Located in the middle of the Karakum desert and surrounded by ramparts, the old city of Khiva is a real open-air museum. It looks like a city from the tales of the Thousand and One Nights. Let yourself be impressed by its mosques and madrasas (Islamic schools). If you have the opportunity to spend a night there, do not miss the opportunity to watch the last rays of the setting sun play on the glazed earthenware of its buildings. In 1991, Khiva (Itchan Kala) was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The city thus joins a list which includes the historic center of Bukhara, that of Shakhrisyabz, the city of Samarkand and the mountain of western Tien Shan. Indeed, Uzbekistan is making considerable efforts to promote its historical sites. For the same purpose, the charitable foundation, Karimov Foundation and UNESCO signed an important agreement to enhance the rich historical and cultural heritage through local and international projects.
The city of Khiva at sunset
Bukhara, travel in a timeless setting
The former capital of the region was an important cultural and religious center of Central Asia in the 10th century. Over the centuries the medieval city has been beset by invasions more than once, yet it still retains its many madrasas, a royal fortress and the impressive Kalon minaret, a tower 47 meters high. It is also the best place to visit the local traditional bazaars and buy handicrafts..
Registan Square in Samarkand at night
Samarkand, the pearl of the Silk Road
The trip to Uzbekistan cannot happen without the discovery of Samarkand. An important stopover on the Silk Road, this ancient caravan town still retains memories of its past glory. Among the historical sites not to be missed: Registan Square, Gur Emir – the tomb of Tamerlane, the national hero of Uzbekistan, the Bibi Khanum Mosque and the necropolis of the living King Shah-i-Zinda. Not far from Samarkand is the small village of Urgut with its authentic market full of charm.
Samarkand: the city of glazed domes