Where is it?: Uzbekistan is central Asia, north of Afghanistan.
Why do people go here?: Although it offers the famous silk road and could be a huge tourist draw, Uzbekistan is a nightmare for independent travelers, as the state run tourism agencies controls your entire experience. If you can escape without getting in trouble, you will find a gem.
What are the main entry points?: Tashkent international airport is the way most travelers enter Turkmenistan. If you are not going through the state run tourism agency, be prepared to be hassled for hours. There are also trains from Kazakstan and Russia which might prove to be better luck.
Currency used: Som
Country Code for Phones: 998
Area codes for Major Cities: Tashkent 3712
Religion: Muslim 88% (mostly Sunnis), Eastern Orthodox 9%, other 3%
Population: 27.7 million
Ethnic Groups: Uzbek 80%, Russian 5.5%, Tajik 5%, Kazakh 3%, Karakalpak 2.5%, Tatar 1.5%, other 2.5%
Government: Presidential republic
Languages: Uzbek 74.3%, Russian 14.2%, Tajik 4.4%, other 7.1%
Major Cities: Tashkent, Samarqand, Khiva
Attractions: Khiva, Samarkand
Accomodation: Uzbekistan Hostels
Tourism Office locations and links: Uzbekistan Tourism Office
Off-the-Beaten-Path: Ferghana Valley
Health Issues: hepatitis, diphtheria
Tips for Visiting
When to go: April to June and September through October are the best time to visit not only Uzbekistan but most of Central Asia.
Common Phrases: Welcome= Xush kelibsiz; How are you?= Ishlaringiz yaxshimi? Ahvolingiz qalay?; Pleased to meet you=Tanishganimdan hursandman; Good morning=Hayirli tong; Good afternoon=Hayirli kun; Good evening=Hayirli kech; Good night=Hayirli tun
Specific Events/Holidays: Navrus: March 21
Getting Around: For travelers with LOTS of time, bus is the best way to get around for cheap. There are a few trains as well.
Good to know: Uzbekistan is the most populated country in Central Asia.
Cheapest airport to fly into: The cheapest airport to fly into Uzbekistan is the Tashkent Airport.
Need more information?: Check out the Uzbekistan travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.