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Uzbekistan

Culture and Etiquette in a Travel Frontier: Understanding Uzbekistan

Culture and Etiquette in a Travel Frontier: Understanding Uzbekistan

Even among experienced travelers, the ‘stans (Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan) are unknown territory. They have little cultural penetration in the west, so while many of us can close our eyes and envision Bangkok, Tokyo or Singapore, we can’t necessarily do the same for Tashkent – the capital of Uzbekistan. Besides the normal concerns […]

7 Reasons to put Uzbekistan on your “Go Now” list

7 Reasons to put Uzbekistan on your “Go Now” list

Thanks to a long history of occupation by rising and falling empires, Uzbekistan has accrued fascinating layers of ancient, historic and modern cultures, which today lie side by side. From Bukhara to Khiva, Uzbek cities are filled with stunningly-preserved or wonderfully-crumbling architecture, sacred places of worship and formidable edifices of defence, bustling bazaars and peaceful […]

Stan & Stare: Natural Wonders of Central Asia

Stan & Stare: Natural Wonders of Central Asia

Hidden in the yawning expanse of Central Asia that makes up the Stans are some treasures that should be on every intrepid traveler’s map. These seemingly uncharted lands are full of truly mind-blowing ancient and natural wonders.

Plov, Actually: A Wander around Tashkent

Plov, Actually: A Wander around Tashkent

You know that old saying “don’t judge a book by its cover?” I feel like there should be a similar statement for Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan: “don’t judge a city by its airport.”

Bukhara’s Mosques, Markets & Madrassas

Bukhara’s Mosques, Markets & Madrassas

The fascinating city of Bukhara must be Uzbekistan’s most exotic locale. I had two days to spend in the area during my recent visit to Uzbekistan, so I made the most of them…