DESTINATION/ Uzbekistan: The Oasis of Peace

Uzbekistan, the Central Asian pearl, offers multinational society and long history. Discover local cities and treasures as well as UNESCO sites and the peaceful and hospitable nation.


Uzbekistan – Breathing History and Culture

Anna Luebke

Curious about the world’s most thrilling oasis? The land of the Uzbeks invites you. Uzbekistan fascinates with over 4000 oriental monuments and four unique world heritage centers, seducing with the traces of the ancient Silk Road and the aura of the spirits of Avicenna (Abu Ali Husayn ibn Abdallah ibn Sina: 980-1037), the Persian scholar, lexicographer, physician, philosopher, musician and poet, or Muhammad Al-Khorezmi (783-850), the Central Asian mathematician, astronomer, historian, geographe...

The Golden Midway of the Silk Road

Cecilia Garland

Uzbekistan is a country in the Central Asia that borders with Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Afghanistan. It is one of the two countries in the world, which is separated from ocean at least by two boundaries, it is the heart of the East, and in ancient times this area was of strategic importance – those who conquered the land became the emperors. Ancient Khorezm and Sogdiana spread from plains to mountains, from desert to oasis, had always attracted Rome and Byzant...

Uzbekistan between Myths and Reality

Cecilia Garland

Uzbekistan, hmm… = Afghanistan and Pakistan? Uzbekistan as a republic and as a unique and distinct nation exists only since 1924, the time of creation of “New Asia” or the manufacturing of nations by the soviet government (Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan etc.). Therefore, from the etymological point of view, the phenomenon of “uzbekistan” has appeared at the beginning of the twentieth century. The truth is that when mentioning Uzbekistan most of western p...

Yurt Camp Aydar – A Traditional Uzbek Steppe Experience

Andrew J. Wein

Somewhat off the beaten path of the Great Silk Road in Uzbekistan, travelers can sample life as the Uzbek people's nomadic ancestors did – in yurts. Beyond the ancient cities of Bukhara, Samarkand, and Khiva, beyond the pulsating capital city of Tashkent, a trip to the desert steppe for a stay in an authentic yurt makes the Uzbekistan travel experience complete. A yurt, a portable tent-like structure with a lightweight wooden lattice frame and walls of animal skins or furs, is an icon o...