The Republic of Uzbekistan is a country in Central Asia. It is similar in size to Spain or Sweden, and is home to 33 million people of many different ethnicities and cultures. Uzbekistan borders five countries — Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan — and has good diplomatic relationships with its neighbours.
We call Uzbekistan “The Heart of the Silk Road” because it is in the physical centre of the historic trade routes linking Asia with Europe. With its deserts and camels, tiled mosques and madrassas, and vibrant bazaars selling everything from spices to souvenirs, Uzbekistan encompasses everything a tourist hopes to see on a bucket list Silk Road tour.
This section of the Visit Uzbekistan website provides background information about Uzbekistan and the people who live here. You can read about the history and culture, for example, or learn about the geography and weather. If you are looking for practical information for your tour of Uzbekistan, however, check out where to go, what to do, where to stay, and planning your trip.