In May, this year me and my mum went on a trip to the ancient land of Uzbekistan. What was unique about the trip was that there were no males in the group at all. We were a motley crew of about 16 women from different parts of India all brought together by the all women travel company, WOW Club -Women on Wanderlust. We met for the first time at the Delhi airport before boarding the flight to Tashkent and after a week when it was time to say goodbye, felt like we had known each forever!..
Why did I choose Uzbekistan? I love visiting places of history and there can be no other place as old and culturally rich as Uzbekistan..the land is steeped in history. Alexander conquered it in 327 BC, Genghis Khan in the 13th century and Timur ruled during the 14th century. This is also the birthplace of Babur, who later came over to India to establish the Mughal empire. I've always wanted to visit this magical land so when WOW came up with it's first ever trip to Uzbekistan, I immediately went ahead and booked two places.
The first city we visited was Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan. Next, we went to Samarkhand and then to Bukhara, two of the oldest cities in the world.
Here's presenting a glimpse of Uzbekistan...
|He is found everywhere....the Uzbek Santa :P|
|Timur Lame the Great, Statue at Tashkent|
|Staple food of the Uzbeks - Flat Bread|
|Belly Dancers at work|
|The tomb of Amir Temur, Samarkhand|
|Exquisite carvings inside the tomb|
|The regal Registan Square at Samarkhand|
|Inside the Shahi Zinda complex, Samarkhand|
|Shahi Zinda complex|
|Breathtaking Ceramic work|
|Used to be the Emir of Bukhara's residence|
|Weaving the famous Bukhara carpet|
|Mullah Nasiruddin..remember his stories?|
|Ya this tree is really that old!|
|Look what I found...a restaurant named after me in Bukhara!!|
|A 12th Century Hammam|
|Fresh faced beauties.....I want their skin!|
Let me know what you think of the pics. Would you want to visit Uzbekistan?