As I’ve tried to point out in other posts, there are many countries under the auspices of a more general category known as off the beaten path. I stand by the belief that not being the top-of-mind option for travelers isn’t necessarily an indicator of its actual quality as a destination. In fact, most of the times, this etiquette is all about the lack of popularity instead of the place itself. Uzbekistan is one of the many examples on the list of mislabeled destinations, and the photos in this post make this statement ring most true.
The stunning ancient high culture with exceptional patterns should be enough of a characteristic to make a place famous. Most of the Eastern historians mentioned the majesty of ancient conurbations such as Bukhara, Samarkand or Khiva. These places of residence and aristocracy used to tell a story of madrasah, mausoleums and evergreen gardens.
The majority of people live in the rural areas, which makes them closer not only to the nature, but to their traditions and cultural inheritance as well. They’re warm and open, and there is no language barrier to stop them from being hospitable.
People have always been connected to their places, since before all the opulent architecture we can admire today. That’s why all over the country every single location is the living proof of a rich, sumptuous culture – not always in the palaces, sometimes even the poorest shed speaks of the people’s most inner values and beliefs. What makes the entire country so special is the very intimate connection between people and their places – the marks they’ve left on the fields they’ve lived on since ancient times.