The country of Uzbekistan, one of the Silk Road countries, is home to some of the world’s finest examples of architectural finds in this region of the world. History buffs, the novice and involved both, come to Uzbekistan to view the small unique ancient relics to the large preserved cities.
The summits of Uzbekistan’s mountains are quite the challenge for those who wish to conquer some of the world’s highest peaks. The challenge pays off, however, when you reach the top and look out onto the country’s vast land. There are also numerous hikes through the foothill and the plateaus, for the not so energetic visitors.
Fergana, located in Ferghana Valley, is an interesting place to visit. Many who’ve come here agree that the people are hospitable, the view is spectacular, and the bazaars are lots of fun. The view of the land consists of picturesque cotton fields, colorful fruit orchards and mulberry trees, and mountain ranges on all sides. The tree-lined streets and the plaster architecture help to give Fergana a warm friendly colorful feel. It’s also where you’ll find the best accommodations in the country.
Andijon is another of the valley’s cities. An earthquake in 1902 destroyed most of the architectural beauty of the city, but in terms of culture and language, Andijon is Uzbekistan’s purest area, and is the place to visit if you want to witness Uzbekistani’s go about their daily lives.
At Samarkand you can see the site where famed Alexander the Great killed his close friend Cleitos. In the center of the town there are three mammoth Islamic seminaries that were built during the 15th and 17th centuries. They are some of the only remaining architectural testimonies to Samarkand in its heyday. Timur, the de facto ruler of Mawarannahr who conquered all of western central Asia and beyond, is buried in the Gu Emir. The stone that commemorates Timur’s life is said to be the largest piece of jade in the entire world.
Find the best prices for hotels in Uzbekistan, and other cheap hotels here. Visitors may only stay at hotels that are licensed by Uzbektourism, but many independent hotels are becoming licensed which broadens the choices. Accommodations are lacking, but the country continues to upgrade when and where it can.