Welcome to Bukhara

Bukhara is a kind of foretaste of Khiva. Here as well the time has stopped hundreds of years ago and when you come here, you experience the atmosphere of a medieval Islamic city. Bukhara literally bursts at the seams with its countless old madrasahs, mosques, mausoleums, minarets and other...

Khiva… who stopped the time there?

Located nearly on the border with Turkmenistan, Khiva is the icing on the cake for those who wish to feel the lazy atmosphere of the Silk Route. Not many tourists reach the city as the trip through the desert is quite challenging, but it’s well worth it! The city is divided into two parts -the new Dichan Kala and the old one called Itchan Kala, hiding behind city walls erected in the 10th century. The labyrinths of streets, winding among mosques and minarets, families living there for generations and tranquility of the place will make you forget about the whole world. The city is basking in the hellishly hot rays of the desert sun....

Shopping a la Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan is like a country from the Tale of Thousand and One Nights, with its countless mosques, madrasas and mausoleums glimmering with blue mosaics. Apart from visiting incredible monuments (more on this topic in other posts) you absolutely must find some time for exploring bazaars and doing some shopping Going shopping in cities of the Silk Route such as Samarkand, Bukhara or Khiva is pure pleasure as well as great opportunity to see at close hand the everyday life of the citizens of Uzbekistan and feel the atmosphere of the city. Delicacies at a bazaar in Samarkand. The city is renowned for its homemade nougats, chocolates and...

Uzbekistan’s Ceramic Capital – town of Rishtan

           Rishtan located 40km south of Kokand is known as a town of artists. It is believed that the place has been the centre of ceramics production for a continuous period of over 1000 years! Over the centuries the master craftsmen from Rishtan developed their own unique style recognized all over the world. Typical ceramics from Rishtan is hand-painted with the use of colourful paints, with the dominant colour being turquoise and blue and their various shades. The craftsmen pay a lot of attention also to fine details of patterns painted drudgingly with very thin brushes –that’s another characteristic feature of Rishtan ceramics. ...

The Two Faces of Samarkand

Samarkand is a city with two faces –you can find such statement in almost every account of a trip to this city and most guidebooks. After the first glance, every tourist (and there are lots of them) comes to conclusion that Samarkand is a real gem. The city is extremely well maintained, clean and trimmed in every respect, a real postcard. All around you may see glistening turquoise historical buildings, which are in perfect condition despite the fact that they are one of the oldest buildings in the whole Central Asia, as well as well-tended urban greenery, elegant souvenir shops, wide streets and colourful fountains playing music. It all...

Tastes of Uzbekistan

One thing is dead certain as far as Uzbek cuisine is concerned -when you visit Uzbekistan, you will taste plov. It’s a traditional dish the Uzbeks are absolutely crazy about, their truly unchallenged national dish. The said plov, sometimes called by the Polish people “pilaf”, is served in nearly every Uzbek restaurant or bar. Plov is prepared in enormous cauldrons called kazans. It takes a good few hours and a lot of work to make it. Tradition in Uzbekistan has it that only men are allowed to cook plov, what makes perfect sense as it is really hard physical work since the dish is usually made in huge quantities. Capacity...

Trip to Tashkent? Top 7 – must see!

Tourists usually don’t stay for too long in Tashkent. They usually treat the city as a starting point, good for one or two days, when then plan a longer travel around Uzbekistan. What interesting sights are there in Tashkent? How to plan your trip? These are our propositions: aa 1. See the Minor Mosque aa aa It’s a beautiful building, especially at sunset. Although it lacks historical significance as it was put into service only in 2014, it is definitely worth visiting simply for its beauty and photogenic qualities. Inside you may see a picturesque courtyard with interesting wooden columns. The mosque may accommodate around 2400...

Silk Factory – A Gem of Fergana Valley!

Yodgorlik Silk Factory is a place hidden in a maze of the city of Margilan, which is one of the oldest cities in Uzbekistan located in the Fergana Valley. Although nowadays more and more tourists come to this place, it still preserves its magical atmosphere. The choice of a location for the factory wasn’t actually accidental. Margilan was built at the crossroads of ancient trade routes. It used to be famous for manufacturing the best quality silk in all Central Asia. The factory is definitely worth visiting as it employs around 450 people, mostly women. As you pass through consequent production halls, you may appreciate the whole...

Land of absurds… Uzbekistan with a pinch of salt

1. EVERY DAY LIFE Such a situation: Lunchtime, Khiva, Uzbekistan. Hot as hell, the sun is simply scorching. As we are almost starving, we begin to look for a place which would pamper our palates and fill our empty stomachs. We finally choose a restaurant bearing a very catchy name” Yusuf Yasavulboshi”. We enter the place confidently and we instantly sense a cool and nice breath of air that tells that the air conditioning is working properly. We are welcomed by a smiling waitress. Remembering well our previous experiences, we ask her for a menu. It’s a common thing in Uzbekistan that restaurant menus are bursting at the...

How to reach Aral Sea? 3 ways how to do it!

Even though we already have a post about the Aral Sea, it occurred to us that we might sum up our journey once again in terms of costs and potential ways of getting there, so that everyone could make up his mind whether the game is worth the candle. Once you get to Nukus, a city located in the northeast of Uzbekistan, you’ll most probably decide (like us) that, apart from the Savitsky Museum of Art, the city hasn’t got much to offer. In that moment an idea to catch the escaping shore of the Aral Sea will dawn on you. Taking into account the fact that in a dozen years or maybe several decades such a trip may not be possible...

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