Uzbekistan, Central Asia
Uzbekistan has been a little known destination until recently. Travellers are now being drawn to the country to experience its exotic culture, stunning architecture, cosmopolitan cities, wild landscapes and friendly local hospitality.
The ornate Islamic grand palaces, mosques and mausoleums are decorated in every shade of blue imaginable. The scent of spices hangs in the air and the warm breeze envelops you. Journey along the Silk Road from Samarkand, following the footsteps of the ancient merchants did, haggle over silk paintings, intricate embroidered linens, delicate pottery and glassware and antiques in Uzbekistan’s many markets.
Bukhara is also an ancient city worth visiting listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site and offers a wealth of beautiful mosques, madrassahs, and palaces. Don’t miss the Ark, a fortress from the 5th century AD at the heart of the city, the Chor Minor mosque, part of the World Heritage Site Historic Centre of Bukhara and the Samanid mausoleum which is one of the oldest and only surviving building from the prosperous Samanid dynasty that ruled Central Asia in the 9th and 10th century.