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U Z B E K I S T A N

  • GlobeRovers Rating: 7 / 10
  • Buzz Line: "Blue tiled historical architecture is what Uzbekistan is all about"
  • Eagle Eye: Being under Soviet rule for many years, Uzbekistan is slowly getting its own identity back. Much of the country is flat semi-desert with the drying Aral Sea (and Kazakhstan) to the north, weirdo Turkmenistan to the south, and lovely Tajikistan to the east. Bring BIG pockets as the highest Uzbek Som note in general circulation is worth only US$0.38. Money is changed at the bazaars right on the streets (no currency shops).  A great country for fruit and nuts!
  • Hot Spots: The best historical towns are Khiva, Bukhara, and Samarkand. Do them all and skip capital Tashkent without any feelings of guilt - though Tashkent may be your best entry / exit point from where you can fly or take the train. 
  • The Low-down: Uzbekistan is the second most rip-off country of all the 'stans (Kyrgyzstan being the least!). Most (not all) Uzbeks charge foreigners substantially more than locals so know your prices and negotiate hard (don't hesitate to walk away smiling). Negotiating even with the taxi drivers is generally a good experience with everybody being polite and keeping face. The Uzbeks are lovely people - so are most all of the 'stans people.
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A stork at the 
Khast Imam complex, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Barak Khan Madrasah at the Khast Imam complex
Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Khuna Ark, Khiva, Uzbekistan

Old city walls, Khiva, Uzbekistan

Kalta-minor Minaret (left) and Khuna Ark, Khiva, Uzbekistan

Khuna Ark, Khiva, Uzbekistan

Harem next to Isfandiyar Palace, Khiva, Uzbekistan

Old walled city of Khiva, Uzbekistan

Ismail Samani Mausoleum, Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Shah-e-Zinda, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Gur-e-Amir Mausoleum, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

One-toothed boy, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Kids, Khiva, Uzbekistan

Man, Khiva, Uzbekistan

Smoke blowing woman near Kalon mosque and minaret, 
Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Smoke blowing woman near Kalon mosque and minaret, 
Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Kalon mosque and minaret, Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Ceramics, Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Lady at the Kukluk Bazaar, Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Lady at the Siob Bazaar, Samarkand, Uzbekistan