Have you ever been to Uzbekistan before? Do you even know what to expect of this double landlocked, central Asian country?
You might be surprised…
Where is Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan is located in middle Asia, bordered by Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.
Best time to visit
The weather can get extremely hot in the summer, so it is advised that the best times to visit is in Spring (April-May) and Autumn (September – early November). The weather at this time is warm and mild but not uncomfortably hot.
Getting to Uzbekistan
Just this year the visa requirements were lifted on those visiting from the UAE and much of Europe as a way of attracting more tourists to the country. This means that you can now travel to Uzbekistan for up to 30 days without needing to gain a visa.
You can get a direct flight from Dubai to Tashkent Airport, taking approx. 3hours and 15 minutes.
There are a number of different accommodation options in Uzbekistan. Restored mansions and high quality hotels are available, as well beautiful small scale and independent bed and breakfasts.
If you are feeling more adventurous, take a trip out into the country and stay in a homestay or Yurt. Almost all of these places will have a solar shower and clean toilets.
Food & Drink
The most popular drink in Uzbekistan is tea (mainly green Tea).
When it comes to eating out, make sure you ask for or see the prices of food before you eat as some places have been known to charge too much to tourists. Most of the food dishes involve rice, pieces of meat, carrots, vegetables and breads.
The traditional food of Uzbekistan is called Palov, which is typically made from rice, pieces of meat, grated carrots, vegetables and onions.
Insurance and Safety
Whilst crime against tourists is reassuringly low, it is highly recommended that you take out a full, comprehensive travel insurance plan when visiting Uzbekistan for both your belongings and your health.
Things to see and do…
The Silk Road
The Silk Road (or Silk Route) was a network of routes used in ancient times for commerce. It stretches from various locations in the East to the West, from Japan to the Mediterranean Sea.
3 of the top stop offs for traders were in Uzbekistan: Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand. All three areas have been beautifully restored with impressive domes, mosaics and minarets.
In 1966 most of Uzbekistan’s capital, Tashkent, was destroyed in an earthquake. With the country under Soviet rule, the city was restored and rebuilt to rehouse some 300,000 people that were left homeless. The city today is a mix of 12 century mosques alongside Brutalist buildings. A real sight to see.
Other than visiting these areas you can also do a number of other activities including Camel trekking, bird watching. Rafting and even Skiing!
If this has made you want to take a visit to Uzbekistan, please feel free to get in touch with us to help with your insurance needs.
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