The medieval paradise of Uzbekistan is located in Central Asia among its fellow former Soviet republics. A solo traveler's delight, this country holds a vast potential for exploration due to its rich cultural and architectural heritage. Having settled at the center of the Silk Road in ancient times, Uzbekistan witnessed the amalgamation of art, culture and ideas for many centuries. Today this beautiful country stands by opening its doors to explorers to discover its intricate secrets. Let's take a look at some of the top places to travel in Uzbekistan, and begin the journey to medieval redistricting!
Samarkand, the largest of all cities in Uzbekistan, is quite developed for the silk route. This ancient city in the valley of the Zarafshan River is as old as Rome or Babylon. Samarkand is celebrated through history for its magnificent monuments and mystical grandeur. Explore the city's beautiful domes, mosaic-decorated mosques and vibrant markets.
A notable relic of the ancient Timur Empire, Ragistan Square today stands as a beautiful symbol of heritage and should be high on your list of places to visit in Uzbekistan. Shah-e-Zinda is a 15th-century necropolis, one of the most loved destinations in Uzbekistan. This exquisite mausoleum houses colorful tombs and decorative carvings as well as the most complex majolica tilworks of the Timurid era.
There is no doubt that the experience of any place is incomplete without indulging in its local cuisine and drinks. With bars like fresh wine beers for wine-tasting and a bochka for Hovrenco, Samarkand is the perfect place to experience a traveler's enjoyment. In Gagarin Street you will find Karimbek, a vegetarian-friendly Uzbek-themed restaurant with a variety of cuisines to cater to your tastes.
As the capital city, Tashkent is one of the most popular Uzbekistan destinations. Unique in its harmonious display of medieval and modern architecture, Tashkent is dotted with traditional markets, delicious curated museums and metropolitan institutions. From strolling in the greenery around Independence Square, mesmerized by the unique artwork on Broadway Street and capturing panoramic views of the city's skyline from above the Tashkent Tower, Tashkent has a lot to do.
Add an element of nature to your visit to Uzbekistan by visiting Ugam-Chatkal National Park, where the mighty Chimgan Mountains stand, known as 'Uzbek Switzerland'. You make your way as soon as you are from villages settled at an altitude of 1,720 meters and get acquainted with the heart of the country of this former Soviet nation.
When you explore Bukhara, one of the oldest destinations in Uzbekistan, go back in time. Take a glimpse of the city's ancient architectural wonders - Ismail Samani Samadhi, Kalon Minaret, and Char Minar. The oldest structure of Bukhara, the Arch of Bukhara stands tall as a gateway to the city's mythological history and its ruins are several museums in the royal quarters.
Notable as one of the oldest surviving structures in Central Asia, the Magok-e-Attari Mosque is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Uzbekistan. An icon of architectural wealth, this sacred structure is embellished with floral-carved terracotta tiles, lattice arched windows and octagonal domes, and has now been turned into a carpet museum.
Sandwiched between the vast Kyzylkum and Karakum deserts, the historic city of Khiva has a spectacular view. A stroll through the twisted, mud-walled lanes of Ichon-Qala will lead you to a fictitious setting while dashing fantasy in your Uzbekistan journey.
Renowned for its long history as a trading post on the Silk Route, Khiva is one of the most attractive places to visit in Uzbekistan. Explore the city's ancient palaces, mosaic-adorned minarets and initiatives revered mausoleums such as Mahmud and Kalta Minor.
Tick these historic cities from your travel list with an escape to the magical region of Uzbekistan!