Month itinerary for Uzbekistan
The Guardian publishes Caroline Eden’s itinerary for backpack month travel across Uzbekistan.
“From the blue-tiled mosques of Bukhara to the remote semi-autonomous region of Karakalpakstan, Uzbekistan offers ancient culture and ample opportunity for adventure” – mentions Caroline Eden. - Getting into the country, and getting around it, is now much easier. There’s less bureaucratic hassle, plenty of excellent English-speaking guides, an expanding and efficient rail network and, crucially, the abolishment of visas for many European travelers”.
The author offers entering Uzbekistan from any of the neighbouring countries as well as coming directly to Tashkent. She mentions Amir Temur statue, Tashkent metro, Museum of Applied Arts and Chorsu Bazaar and advices to stay in Tashkent for few days.
Then Guardian takes us to the Fergana Valley, offering to take train to Margilan and see Yodgorlik Silk Factory and Kumtepa Bazaar and then head to Kokand to see historic sites and Rishton for the famous pottery workshops and the Rishton Ceramic Museum. The next stop is Andijan. Caroline Eden prizes it for the taste of melons, which Babur, founder of the Mughal Empire and the city’s son, missed so in India.
The Guardian itinerary offers Chimgan national park as the next destination for trekking and skiing.
The story mentions expanding railway network and advices to take the speedy Afrosiyob train to Samarkand exploring “towering and resplendent turquoise-tiled madrasas and mosques”.
The Nurata Mountains are the next stop in Caroline Eden’s itinerary for those who love hiking and the romance of overnighting at yurt camps.
The Guardian calls Bukhara “the most romantic of Uzbekistan’s cities with former merchant house B&Bs, boutiques galore and decent cafes” and advices to enjoy it for few comfortable days.
Next destination for backpacker traveling across Uzbekistan are Urgench, Khiva and then Nukus where the editorial advices to spend the half of the day in Savitsky Museum. Caroline Eden suggests no to miss Moynaq to witness the Aral Sea Crisis and the resultant desolate ship graveyard.
Caroline Eden writes there are many different hotels across the country, but advices to book the room ahead.
The Guardian celebrates plov mentioning it is “more than just a dish, it represents hospitality, community and identity”.
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