Best things to do in Uzbekistan, an unmissable gem of Central Asia
A long time ago, Uzbekistan was the beating heart of the world. It sat at the center of the Silk Road, collecting and dispersing luxuries for trade to lands from China and India to the Mediterranean. More importantly, it sent rills of knowledge flowing through its web of trade, everything from algebra to Arabic to astronomy. However, trade along the Silk Road had long declined when its splintered khanates — Khiva, Samarkand, Bukhara, Kokand, etc. — buckled to the Russians one by one in the 20th century.
Fortunately, there's so much more to the Central Asian country than the Silk Road.