Welcome to Fergana Valley
Drained by the upper Syr-Darya, the Fergana Valley has the finest soil and climate in Central Asia. It is Uzbekistan’s most populous and its most industrial region, as well as the country’s fruit and cotton basket, meaning it has long wielded a large share of Uzbekistan’s political, economic and religious influence.
The Fergana Valley’s eight million people are overwhelmingly Uzbek – 90% overall and higher in the smaller towns. For visitors the main attractions are the exceptional crafts, the kaleidoscopic bazaars and the chance to see the Silk Road in action – for centuries the valley has been the centre of Central Asian silk production.