Uzbekistan is an erstwhile Soviet republic and is one of the nations called “Stan” countries as a group consisting of Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. The capital of Uzbekistan is Tashkent and the country has two other famous and historical cities of Samarkand and Bukhara.
Individual “do-it-yourself type” travel to Uzbekistan is not possible for citizens of most countries and hence everyone needs to go through a travel agent. That means in order to visit Uzbekistan you need to book a package tour with a local travel agent in your home country. And that makes travel to Uzbekistan ‘not so attractive’. Until a few years back, Uzbekistan was infamous for its sex tourism. That has changed now and hence even fewer people in the world have a reason to visit this country. Kyrgyzstan is a better option for tourists looking to visit a ‘Stan’ country for “that” purpose.
From the pure tourism point of view, if one is just curious to visit an erstwhile Soviet republic and is able to get a nice deal with a travel agent, then Uzbekistan can be a good option. I have visited Uzbekistan once and have no intention of going back there. Whatever limited experience I got in the 5 five days of my package tour is presented in the following articles:
Useful Info for Travelling to Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan Visa and Immigration
- Uzbekistan Visa Requirements, Fee, Application Form, and Procedure
- Uzbekistan Customs Declaration, Free Allowance, Currency Limits, etc.
See and Do in Uzbekistan