Uzbekistan is a country with an incredible amount of history. It’s the location of one of the major epicentres of the Silk Road and is completely jam packed full of Silk Road sites. There are beautiful blue-tiled buildings everywhere, and hints of the many cultures that once converged here. Getting around is easy and travel is inexpensive. There’s a crazy number of things to see, but. the food lacks in variety. You’ll probably get sick of the food before you get sick of the sites! Family Travel in Uzbekistan is relatively easy, but it might be worth packing a few snacks from home!
- Almost any trip to Uzbekistan will undoubtedly involve a stop in the capital of Tashkent. Although it lacks in Silk Road sites, there’s still a few things to do in Tashkent with Kids.
- The Aral Sea was once one of the largest inland Seas in the world. It supported a large fishing industry in Western Uzbekistan (Karakalpakstan). Over the past century it has been drained to a small salty pond. There are parts of the Northern tip of the Sea in Kazakhstan where the fishing industry has returned, but it seems to be too late for the Aral Sea in Uzbekistan.
- Uzbekistan’s main draw is definitely the Silk Road sites, mainly concentrated in Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand. We didn’t make it to Khiva, but had a wonderful time exploring the Silk Road sites in Bukhara and Samarkand.
Uzbekistan is a relatively easy country for independent travel. If you’re going to have someone do anything for you, I’d suggest having them book your train tickets! The line-ups were always crazy (and hot!), and it required a lot of google translate and usually someone in line helping to ensure we got what we wanted. You can book these online, but then you’ll pay the official exchange rate. The currency black market is so prevalent in Uzbekistan, there’s no point paying the posted rate.
It’s possible to change money on the streets, but I would’t recommend it. Officially, it’s illegal, and often you won’t get what you thought you were getting. We changed money at our accommodation in Tashkent, and this would be my recommendation!