When the Aral Sea retreated to feed Soviet agriculture, whole regions were left abandoned, forgotten, and dry. In Moynaq, the only legacy of this once promising city are the ships that now sail on the desert.
Uzbekistan was created by the Soviets in the 20th Century, but the land, the cities, and the people within this country’s borders have a history that stretches back centuries. These sites put modern Uzbekistan in perspective.
There has never been a better time to journey to the cultural centers and sweeping countrysides of Uzbekistan, and we have picked our top seven hotspots to visit before the rest of the world catches on.
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.