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Top Choice Fortress in Bukhara

Ark

The spectacular-looking Ark, a royal town-within-a-town, is Bukhara’s oldest structure, occupied from the 5th century right up until 1920, when it was bombed by the Red Army. It’s about 80% ruins inside now, except …
Top Choice Museum in Nukus

Savitsky Museum

The Savitsky Museum houses one of the most remarkable art collections in the former Soviet Union. The museum owns some 90,000 artefacts and pieces of art – including more than 15,000 paintings – only a fraction of w…
Palace in Kokand

Khan’s Palace

The Khan’s Palace, with seven courtyards and 114 rooms, was built in 1873, though its dazzling tiled exterior makes it look so perfect that you'd be forgiven for thinking it was as new as the modern park that surrou…
Top Choice Museum in Bukhara

Maghoki-Attar & Museum of Carpets

Between the two covered bazaars, in what was the old herb-and-spice bazaar, is Central Asia’s oldest surviving mosque, the Maghoki-Attar, a lovely mishmash of 9th-century facade and 16th-century reconstruction.This …
Bazaar in Margilon

Kumtepa Bazaar

A much less sanitised experience than the Silk Factory is Margilon’s fantastic Kumtepa Bazaar, 5km west of the centre. It’s a time capsule full of weathered Uzbek men in traditional clothing exchanging solemn greeti…
Top Choice Islamic Site in Khiva

Kalta Minor Minaret

Just south of the Kuhna Ark stands the fat, turquoise-tiled Kalta Minor Minaret. This unfinished minaret was begun in 1851 by Mohammed Amin Khan, who according to legend wanted to build a minaret so high he could se…
Top Choice Theatre in Tashkent

Ilkhom Theatre

Tashkent’s main cultural highlight is this progressive theatre, which stages productions in Russian but often with English subtitles. Known for bucking trends, its productions often touch on gay themes and racial su…
Museum in Tashkent

History Museum of the People of Uzbekistan

The History Museum of the People of Uzbekistan is a must-stop for anyone looking for a primer on the history of Turkestan from ancient times to the present. The 2nd floor has Zoroastrian and Buddhist artefacts, incl…
Top Choice Market in Tashkent

Chorsu Bazaar

Tashkent’s most famous farmers market, topped by a giant green dome, is a delightful slice of city life spilling into the streets off Old Town’s southern edge. If it grows and it’s edible, it’s here. There are acres…
Top Choice Uzbek in Tashkent

National Food

You’ll be hard pressed to find a restaurant with more local colour than this bustling eatery opposite the Circus. Walk through the entrance, overhung with goat parts, and be greeted by giant kazan (cauldrons) filled…