The Uzbekistan government has a terrible human rights record and there was much civil unrest in 2005. It is most famous for the legendary city of Samarkand on the Silk Road, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Registan is the extraordinary main square there. It is close to the Tajikistan border. Uzbekistan has a rich architectural heritage throughout. For the more adventurous, the Aral Sea is a unique destination.

It has shrivelled to a fraction of its former size, and you can walk along the former seabed. It lies in the Kyzylkum Desert which dominates the entire north of the country.



Why you should go:

To visit Samarkand.

Why you shouldn't:

You are a member of Amnesty International.

Map of Uzbekistan