During the spring of 2017 I left Moscow with a friend to discover three important cities of the Silk Road, currently located in Uzbekistan: Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva.
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Uzbekistan12 days / May 2017
Highs & Lows
Walk the streets of Bukhara like in a One Thousand and One Nights tale
It is complicated to change your money into local currency
During the spring of 2017 I left Moscow with a friend to discover three important cities of the Silk Road, currently located in Uzbekistan: Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva. The choice of the period - may - was well thought out, knowing that Uzbekistan’s summer heat was suffocating. We were still allowed temperatures of around 40 degrees, so the visits took place mainly in the morning and evening. Coming from Moscow we passed through Almaty, which was also a stopover on the Silk Roads, then we took the plane to Tashkent, the Uzbek capital. We changed our rubles and tenges there for soums, the Uzbek currency, before taking the land for our first stop, Samarkand ...
Q & A
What would you have changed?
I would spend time in villages outside of cities because I think life is very different there and the experience definitely worth it. I would have tried to attend a traditional Uzbek wedding there.
How was the food?
Uzbekistan food successfully combines sweet and savory. It is mainly based on meat : samosas, plov, shashlik… it’s fairly fatty food but I found it very tasty.
What tips would you give a friend?
Don’t spend too much time in Tashkent, it’s a huge and soviet-style city with few old historical monuments. I also recommend changing your money on the black market in order to get an exchange rate much better than the legal exchange rate. It is in principle prohibited but everyone does it.
If the trip takes place between April and November, you have to plan what is necessary to face the heat. Light bag, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, etc...
There are two types of train. A modern, fast and comfortable train, and an older, cheaper and more popular train. Personally, I loved taking the popular train, it is very lively and very colorful.