Uzbekistan is truly Unique, more like Unbelievable!
It’s like this place was under an invisible veil all these years and suddenly the spell was off and this magical land was revealed. Home to spellbinding architecture and ancient cities, with bloody, fascinating history of the Silk Road. The enchanting Samarkand, impressive Bukhara and perfectly preserved Khiva – kept fuelling the fire to explore more.
Enough and more information on how to get there is on the web for those interested. What I want to share with you are my top 9 experiences which make Uzbek stand out and a magical place in my book.
HISTORY & ARCHITECTURE:
Intricate Arabic carvings, immaculate layout of shimmering turquoise tiles, larger-than-life Madrasah (Islamic schools), minarets and mosques dot the country. Exquisite blue tiled mosques, dreamy teal coloured domes with stunning sunrise, a sight to behold. We visited each place more than once – During sunrise so we could explore in solitude and see the sheer beauty without the distraction of souvenir shops and sellers – in afternoons for detailed tour with guides – at sunset for that magical glow – and of course at night when the famous monuments are floodlit.
Personal Favourite: Samarkand- Registan (among the world’s oldest preserved madrasah), Shah-i-Zinda ensemble (which includes mausoleums (tombs) and other ritual buildings of 9-14th and 19th centuries) and Gur-e-Amir, a mausoleum for Amir Timur (Timurlame) and supposedly the structural inspiration for Taj Mahal.