The region's cradle of culture for more than two millennia, Uzbekistan is the proud home to a spellbinding arsenal of architecture and ancient cities, all deeply infused with the bloody, fascinating history of the Silk Road. In terms of sights alone, Uzbekistan is Central Asia's biggest draw and most impressive showstopper. Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva never fail to impress visitors with their fabulous mosques, madrassas and mausoleums, while there are some more eccentric attractions, such as the fast disappearing Aral Sea, the fortresses of desperately remote Karakalpakstan, its boomtown capital Tashkent and the ecotourism opportunities of the Nuratau Mountains. Uzbekistan remains an extremely friendly country where hospitality is an essential element of daily life and you will be made to feel genuinely welcome by the people you meet.
Republic of Uzbekistan
448.978 km² km²
Uzbeks comprise a majority (80%) of the total population. Other ethnic groups include Russians 5.5%, Tajiks 5% (official estimate and disputed), Kazakhs 3%, Karakalpaks 2.5% and Tatars 1.5%.
Uzbek and recognized regional Karakalpak.
Close to 90% of Uzbeks claim to be Muslin, although a vast majority are not practicing. A 5% of the population follow Russian Orthodox Christianity, and other 5% follow other religions.
Kalon Minarete in Bukhara
The Registan in Samarkand
Kaalta Minor Minaret in Khiva
Fergana Valley People
Islom Hoha Medressa in Khiva
[The Registan at Night
Market in Andijan - Fergana Valley