Uzbekistan dazzles with its main attractions, the icons of the Silk Road at Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva. For most foreigners, this is as far as tourism goes in the country, yet there is much more to see for those who venture off the tourist trail.
Take a dip into the countryside, go hunt for masters of craft or disappear deep into the heart of Karakalpakstan. You will not regret.
Uzbek culture is rich, warm and dynamic, and so different from the surrounding nomadic nations. You come for the plov, but stay for the melons. Or the apricots. Or the nuts. You get the point.