Uzbekistan Travel and Tourism

Uzbekistan, officially the Republic of Uzbekistan , is a doubly landlocked country in Central Asia, formerly part of the Soviet Union. It shares borders with Kazakhstan to the west and to the north, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan to the east, and Afghanistan and Turkmenistan to the south. Once part of the Persian Samanid and later Timurid empires, the region was conquered in the early 16th century by Uzbek nomads, who spoke an Eastern Turkic language. Most of Uzbekistan’s population today belong to the Uzbek ethnic group and speak the Uzbek language, one of the family of Turkic languages. Uzbekistan was incorporated into the Russian Empire in the 19th century and in 1924 became a constituent republic of the Soviet Union, known as the Uzbek Soviet Socialist Republic . It has been an independent republic since December 1991.
Uzbekistan’s economy relies mainly on commodity production, including cotton, gold, uranium, and natural gas. Despite the declared objective of transition to a market economy, Uzbekistan continues to maintain rigid economic controls, which often repel foreign investors. The policy of gradual, strictly controlled transition has nevertheless produced beneficial results in the form of economic recovery after 1995. Uzbekistan’s domestic policies of human rights and individual freedoms are often criticized by international organizations. In Uzbekistan about 45 % of the population live on less than US$ 1.25 per day.

  • Nukus is the bleak capital of the autonomous Karakalpak Republic, which comprises roughly the we...

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  • Some of the most interesting attractions in Uzbekistan are quite remote and very few tourist...

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  • Zarafshan is a gold mining city in the remote Kyzyl Kum desert of northern Uzbekistan. Hardl...

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  • Moynaq is no more than a rotting village that was a former prosperous seaport on the Aral Sea. ...

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  • For those interested in the Soviet occupation of Uzbekistan, there is no better place than Navoi...

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  • The Ferghana Valley is a tempting spot for those who have travelled all of the way to ...

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  • Urgench is quite a drab town. It is an important agricultural center and when you drive around...

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  • Khiva was totally brought back to the original state in the sixties. Some of the critics say it ...

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  • Bukhara is one of the most famous cities on the ancient Silk Road. Samarkand is maybe a bit mo...

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  • Shakhrisabz is the birthplace of Tamerlane, or Amir Timur, and is probably one of the most...

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