Destination Information for Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan gained its independence in 1991 after the collapse of the Soviet Union, but the country has a rich history that extends way before this. Uzbekistan is home to the historic town of Samarkand, which was once a crossroad on the famous trading route, the Silk Road. It was conquered by Alexander the Great and today the whole city is an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Tashkent is the capital of Uzbekistan and where the vast majority of visitors enter the country. This modern city juxtaposes contemporary business with a traditional Uzbek way of life, with good opportunities for shopping, eating out and learning more about the country in museums.
The Ugam-Chatkal National Park is not far away, offering hiking, rafting and skiing in one of the oldest nature reserves in the country. Here you’ll also see bears, wolves, snow leopards, wild boars, golden eagles and a plethora of other fascinating wildlife.
Bukhara is another important city along the Silk Road and today it is also known as the ‘Pillar of Religion’. This legendary site is a must-see for all visitors to Uzbekistan, along with its monuments, architecture and other splendid significant Islamic and Central Asian sites.
Malaria and regions within country:
There is a low to no risk of malaria throughout the country. Anti-malarial medication is generally not advised.