Discover More About Uzbekistan
One of the two most land-locked countries in the world, Uzbekistan lies in a strategic position in central Asia, where East meets West. The ancient Silk Road trails pass through the country, and the names of some of its cities – such as Tashkent, Bukhara and Samarkand (one of the oldest cities in the world) – have an almost legendary status amongst travellers.
Uzbekistan’s topography is dominated by vast flat deserts to the west, centre and north, and high mountain peaks to the east and south. A land of contrasts, Uzbekistan offers the visitor a beguiling mix – from stunning mosques dotted along ancient Silk Road trails and stark yurt camps set amongst red-sand desert, to waterfalls and lush walnut groves, and the hustle and bustle of its vibrant modern capital, Tashkent.
A walking holiday in this little-explored country is an adventure, and offers a chance to pass through verdant mountain villages such as Sentob and Hayat, visit beautiful Aydarkul Lake and explore extraordinary cities such as Samarkand. Though tourism is in its infancy here, the real pleasure of a visit is to immerse yourself in the local way of life, and gain an understanding of the traditions and culture of the friendly and hospitable Uzbeks.