Tree-lined avenues and pastel-plastered tsarist buildings give Fergana the feel of a mini-Tashkent. Throw in the best services and accommodation in the region, plus a central location, and you have the most obvious base from which to explore the rest of the valley. Fergana is the valley’s least ancient and least Uzbek city.
If you’ve been travelling along the Silk Road seeking answers to where, in fact, this highly touted fabric comes from, Margilon and its Yodgorlik Silk Factory will be your answer. Uzbekistan is the world’s third-largest silk producer, and Margilon is the traditional centre of the industry.