UZBEKISTAN TRAVEL GUIDE
Uzbekistan is a Central Asian nation and a former Soviet republic. It's known for its mosques, mausoleums and other sites linked to the Silk Road, the ancient trade route between China and the Mediterranean. Uzbekistan straddles the east and the west of Asia, set as it is bang in the centre of the Great Silk Route. Architectural wonders built in ancient times juxtaposed against bustling market places that are abuzz with activity.
Samarkand, a major city on the route, contains a landmark of Islamic architecture: the Registan, a plaza bordered by 3 ornate, mosaic-covered religious schools dating to the 15th and 17th centuries.
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UZBEKISTAN QUICK FACTS
- Capital: Tashkent
- Currency: Uzbek Som (UZS)
- Area: 447,400 km2
- Population: 32,96 million (2018)
- Language: Uzbek 74.3%, Russian 14.2%, Tajik 4.4%, other 7.1%
- Religion: Muslim 88% (mostly Sunnis), Eastern Orthodox 9%, other 3%
- Electricity: 220V 50Hz
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UZBEKISTAN PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
- 8 March , Women’s Day
- 21 March, Navruz
- 9 May, Day of Memory and Honor (Victory Day)
- 1 September, Independence Day
- 1 October, Day of Teachers and Mentors
- 8 December, Constitution Day
Also, Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha.
UZBEKISTAN WEATHER SYNOPSIS
Uzbekistan has an arid, continental climate characterised by cold winters, hot summers and limited precipitation across most of the country. The primary climactic features are aridness, abundance of heat and sunlight, and sharp day-night and winter-summer temperature variations. Summer in Uzbekistan is long, dry and hot, spring is humid and winter is irregular. Rainfall is highly varied depending upon area of the country and seasonal variation patterns. Increases in rainfall are expected to continue in the country’s piedmont zone, while decreases are expected in the country’s highland areas.
SPORT & ACTIVITIES
SNOW SPORT IN UZBEKISTAN
Uzbekistan's winter sports industry dates back to the Soviet period. The Amirsoy Mountain Resort is the biggest ski resort in Uzbekistan with a total slope length of 14.8 km. The snow season is usually from December to March.
HIKING & CYCLING IN UZBEKISTAN
The best time to enjoy outdoor activities in Uzbekistan is from March to November. The winter months can be extremely cold and in contrast, July and August are boiling hot, but are preferred if you are planning to cross passes over 3000m altitude. Tulips blooming in the middle of April, which is beautiful.