No country in Central Asia, seems to have everything well, but at the same time, be so bad, such as Uzbekistan. The cradle of culture region for over two millennia, is the proud home of a fascinating array of architecture and artefacts, all deeply imbued with the raw and fascinating history of the country. But as students of history know, it also emerged a few bad apples in recent years. Tyrants love for the goodness of the country’s physical ran the territory now known as Uzbekistan, since time immemorial.

Focus on the good things, if there was a Hall of Fame of the cities of Central Asia, Uzbekistan would own the top three entries: Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva. The names of almost the epitome of the region, evoking images of a knife-spinning dervishes, serpentine desert caravans and architecture that mixes with the sand. Seen in person, the big three does not disappoint (the occasional overzealous restoration despite the efforts). Unfortunately, sometimes overshadowed other attractions of the country, which include dazzling bazaars, ancient fortresses like Nurata, and an impressive array of natural attractions largely unknown. But at least this means you will have opportunities for hiking and adventure sports Chimgan and about himself!

All this goes a long way to outshine the bad memories evoked by names like Genghis Khan, Tamerlane, Nasrullah Khan and Stalin. The country of long-serving current leader, Islam Karimov, is no saint either. However, the people of Uzbekistan are still good-spirited and genuinely hospitable – another main attraction in this country, strangely endearing.


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