Uzbekistan has inspired generations of writers and photographers. On this page we feature some of the most inspiring travelogues and photographic books about Uzbekistan, as well our recommended guidebooks to Uzbekistan and maps of Uzbekistan which will help you plan your trip.
UZBEKISTAN GUIDEBOOKS The best-selling guidebook to Uzbekistan is Bradt Guides’ Uzbekistan, now in its 3rd edition, by Sophie Ibbotson and Tim Burford. Published in 2019, it is strong on practical information and has a good selection of maps. The 9th edition of the Odyssey Guide to Uzbekistan: The Golden Road to Samarkand will be published in March 2021 and is available for pre-order from Amazon. It has excellent photography and a lot of detail on history and culture. If you need your guidebook to be pocket-sized, we can also recommend Uzbekistan: Culture Smart! The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture.
Lonely Planet’s Central Asia guide was last published in 2018, and it includes sections on Uzbekistan, as well as the other Central Asian republics. Insight Guides’ Silk Road is another popular multi-country guides which includes Uzbekistan.
COFFEE TABLE BOOKS ABOUT UZBEKISTAN Dinara & Co publish a small selection of high quality photographic books about Uzbekistan, including 10 Reasons to Visit Uzbekistan and 365 Days of Sun, a gastronomic journey through Uzbekistan. These titles are available to order directly from the publisher, and from selected outlets in Tashkent. Assouline also publishes the beautiful Uzbekistan: The Road to Samarkand, which is available internationally.
TRAVELOGUES ABOUT UZBEKISTAN Uzbekistan has beguiled travel writers for centuries, and it is no surprise why. Before or during your trip to Uzbekistan you might be interested to read A Carpet Ride to Khiva (2009), which describes Christopher Alexander’s attempts to revive traditional carpet making; Caroline Eden’s Samarkand (2016), a wonderful collection of recipes and stories from across Uzbekistan; and Travels into Bokhara (1835), the historic account of Scottish explorer and diplomat Alexander Burnes. There are also a number of fascinating books about travelling across Central Asia, including in Uzbekistan, such as Friendly Steppes: A Silk Road Journey (2012), Out of Steppe (2010), Shadow of the Silk Road, Sovietistan (2020), and The Lost Heart of Asia (2004).
MAPS OF UZBEKISTAN You can pick up free tourists maps of Uzbekistan, including street plans of the Silk Road cities, at airports and train stations in Uzbekistan, and from many hotels. Maps are also great for route planning, however, and you might well want something with a larger scale. The best internationally available maps of Uzbekistan are Uzbekistan Reise Know-How (1:1,000,000) and Uzbekistan Gizi Map (1:1,300,000). Gizi’s Central Asia Roads Edition (1:1,750,000) is a good map for Central Asia as a whole.