Uzbekistan

50 pictures that will inspire you to travel to Uzbekistan

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Uzbekistan has been one of my dream destination for years but the complicated and expensive visa procedure stopped me from going there earlier. As soon as it became easier to travel to Uzbekistan I planned my own trip there and in October 2017 I spent one week in Uzbekistan. This amazing country has definitely lived up to my expectations!

Uzbekistan essentials

Planning a trip to Uzbekistan? Here are the services I always use and personally recommend:

  • Accommodation: I always book a place to stay on Booking.com
  • Tours: when I decide to go on a tour I either use Viator
  • Get insured for your trip to Uzbekistan with SafetyWing

Places to visit in Uzbekistan

The country is known for its stunning architecture at the Silk Road route and that’s already a good reason to visit Uzbekistan. Most of the tourists (including me) focus on three main Uzbekistan highlights: Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva. Each of them is different and each of them is worth the time and effort to travel there.

Samarkand has the grandest monuments, the big four: Registan complex, Bibi-Khanym Mosque, Gur-e-Amir mausoleum and Shah-i-Zinda cemetery but other than that it’s just a regular city, second largest in Uzbekistan. Khiva is like a living museum, all the monuments can be found inside the city walls and it feels like the time has stopped there. Bukhara is in between these two. All three made it to the UNESCO World Heritage List and the first look at those stunning places will make you understand why.

But don’t focus only on Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva, spend some time in the capital city – Tashkent too. This city was my biggest surprise of the travel to Uzbekistan, it happened to be so interesting. The biggest attraction being of course Tashkent metro that can compete with Moscow metro stations when it comes to ornaments and beauty.

More reasons to travel to Uzbekistan

But for me the country was more than just beautiful architecture. Uzbekistan was the place with some of the most friendly and hospitable people I’ve ever met. Every encounter, even a small one, led to a conversation. I can’t count how many times I had to answer where I’m from but it was at least dozen each day.

As the tourism isn’t still very present in Uzbekistan locals were curious of foreigners but, unlike in other countries, it wasn’t intrusive but genuine. Before you travel to Uzbekistan be sure to learn at least a bit of Russian. While it’s possible to get around with English only knowing Russian helps a lot, especially in these random conversations. And speaking to locals is the best way to get to know the country!

Another reason why it’s worth to travel to Uzbekistan is the food, also if you are a vegetarian. I am and I was very skeptical prior the trip, I was afraid I will spend a week eating only bread and salads. Oh how wrong I was!

The independent tourism might be just slowly developing in Uzbekistan but there are numerous organized tours from Western Europe or the US hence many restaurants are prepared to serve foreign guest with all the dietary requirements. Even if the cuisine of Central Asia is very heavy connected with meat almost everywhere I could find the vegetarian version of popular dishes: manti, lagman or plov and these were very delicious too.

The best food, however, was served in the local cafeteria next to Registan in Samarkand, where there was no menu and mostly locals eating. As soon as I came in I was taken care of, the waitress took me to the cook who then asked me what I want to eat and prepared vegetarian lagman for me. While I expected the food in Uzbekistan to be nothing special it turned out to be yet another highlight of the trip.

Uzbekistan – a perfect alternative to Iran

If I have to compare Uzbekistan to any other place it would be Iran: the same style of incredible architecture, the same kind of hospitable people and the same oriental vibe. While I loved Iran I think I might have liked Uzbekistan a little bit more but I can’t really explain why.

If for some reason you can’t visit Iran you should plan a trip to Uzbekistan instead – you will love it too! But the sooner you go the better as I’m sure it’s a matter of time the world will learn about this amazing country too!

Pictures that will inspire you to travel to Uzbekistan

Below you can see a small collection of my pictures that will hopefully inspire you to plan your own Uzbekistan trip!

travel to Uzbekistan Tashkent metro – Alisher Navoi station

travel to Uzbekistan Tashkent – Chorsu Bazaar

travel to Uzbekistan Tashkent – Chorsu Bazaar

travel to Uzbekistan Tashkent – Chorsu Bazaar

travel to Uzbekistan Tashkent – Hazrati Imam complex

travel to Uzbekistan Tashkent – Hazrati Imam complex

travel to Uzbekistan Tashkent – details of Hotel Uzbekistan

travel to Uzbekistan Tashkent – Monument to Amir Temur and Hotel Uzbekistan

travel to Uzbekistan Tashkent loves you

travel to Uzbekistan Tashkent metro – Mustakillik maydoni station

travel to Uzbekistan Khiva – Itchan Kala

travel to Uzbekistan Khiva – Itchan Kala

travel to Uzbekistan Khiva – Itchan Kala

travel to Uzbekistan Khiva – Itchan Kala

travel to Uzbekistan Khiva – Itchan Kala

travel to Uzbekistan Khiva – Itchan Kala

travel to Uzbekistan Khiva – Itchan Kala

travel to Uzbekistan Khiva – Itchan Kala

travel to Uzbekistan Khiva – Itchan Kala

travel to Uzbekistan Khiva – Itchan Kala

travel to Uzbekistan Khiva – Itchan Kala

travel to Uzbekistan Khiva – Itchan Kala

travel to Uzbekistan Khiva – Itchan Kala

travel to Uzbekistan Khiva – Itchan Kala

travel to Uzbekistan Bukhara – Abdulaziz Khan Madrassah

travel to Uzbekistan Bukhara – Ulugbek Medressa

travel to Uzbekistan Bukhara – Kalon Mosque

travel to Uzbekistan Bukhara – Kalon Mosque

travel to Uzbekistan Bukhara – Kalon Mosque

travel to Uzbekistan Details of Bukhara

travel to Uzbekistan Bukhara – Qo’sh madrasa

travel to Uzbekistan Ark of Bukhara

travel to Uzbekistan Bukhara – Chor Minor

travel to Uzbekistan Bukhara – Chor-Bakr

travel to Uzbekistan Bukhara – Emir’s Summer Palace

travel to Uzbekistan Bukhara – Emir’s Summer Palace

travel to Uzbekistan Bukhara – Emir’s Summer Palace

travel to Uzbekistan Bukhara – Baha-ud-Din Naqshband Bukhari Complex

travel to Uzbekistan Bukhara – Baha-ud-Din Naqshband Bukhari Complex

travel to Uzbekistan Samarkand – Registan

travel to Uzbekistan Samarkand – Registan

travel to Uzbekistan Samarkand – Registan

travel to Uzbekistan Samarkand – Registan

travel to Uzbekistan Samarkand – Registan

travel to Uzbekistan Samarkand – Registan

travel to Uzbekistan Samarkand – Gur-e-Amir mausoleum

travel to Uzbekistan Samarkand – Gur-e-Amir mausoleum

travel to Uzbekistan Samarkand – Bibi-Khanym Mosque

travel to Uzbekistan Samarkand – the best Uzbek food

travel to Uzbekistan Samarkand – Shah-i-Zinda cemetery


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17 Comments

  • Reply
    Rajendera Sodhi
    10/12/2018 at 15:08

    Excellent pictures and details of Uzbekistan… like it and surely visit next year…

    • Reply
      kami
      06/01/2019 at 09:50

      Thank you! I hope you will enjoy it there!

      • Reply
        Christina Paladis
        03/05/2021 at 08:17

        Thanks a lot for the best explanation about my country, I’m so happy for that! I’m from Samarkand, and I’m very proud of that, I can suggest all of you to visit Uzbekistan, and you will really be happy and you will se the most beautiful places, and most wonderful people, and most tasty food, you welcome to Uzbekistan!!!

  • Reply
    Davlat
    10/12/2018 at 18:29

    Thank you Kami
    It really deserve country to visit. There are also so a lot of other interesting places and scientific knowledge. It is very cheap to have wonderful travel. Welcome to Uzbekistan

    • Reply
      kami
      06/01/2019 at 09:51

      Thank you! I know I saw only a small part of the country but I enjoyed it a lot!

  • Reply
    jan
    15/12/2018 at 05:18

    Intriguing photos that make me want to visit. Amazing architecture and everything seems so huge!

    • Reply
      kami
      06/01/2019 at 09:52

      It was huge! :) I hope you will visit Uzbekistan one day, it’s so worth it!

  • Reply
    Malgo
    19/12/2018 at 20:25

    Hello Kami,
    Beautiful pictures. I would add also Shahrisbz that is not so far from Samarkand (and the road through the mountains is very beautiful) and Karakalpakstan, with the interesting Savitsky Museum and Muynaq on the border of former Aral Sea. I saw Uzbekistan and now I want to see also Iran.

    • Reply
      kami
      06/01/2019 at 09:53

      Thank you for your tips Malgo. Unfortunately I didn’t have as much time as I’d like in Uzbekistan but hopefully one day I will be back to see more. You should definitely visit Iran, it’s similar to Uzbekistan and I’m sure you’d enjoy it too!

  • Reply
    kamol
    12/07/2019 at 14:34

    Awesome photos.

    • Reply
      kami
      20/07/2019 at 12:31

      Thanks!

  • Reply
    mohsin
    01/01/2020 at 14:51

    Very helpful description. Very Soon i like to visit Uzbekistan.
    Thaks a lot

    • Reply
      kami
      13/01/2020 at 12:22

      I hope you will like it! Have a good trip!

  • Reply
    Izram Haris
    22/01/2020 at 05:04

    Thanks for the amazing content!!

    • Reply
      kami
      11/02/2020 at 16:26

      I’m glad you liked it :)

  • Reply
    Umar Aliy
    27/04/2021 at 02:00

    Thanks Kami, it was very pleasing to hear such nices words about my country. I wish you could also visit Kokand which also has a great arcitecture and history. Thank you for your visit to our humble country.

    • Reply
      kami
      27/06/2021 at 12:32

      Thank you! I really hope to return to Uzbekistan one day and see more of your beautiful country!

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