Uzbekistan Silk Road Photographs

Uzbekistan Silk Road Photographs

Formerly a part of Russia from 1924 until 1991, Uzbekistan is one of only two doubly land-locked countries in the world. It is the most populated country in Central Asia with a population of 31.5 million people, a mixture of ethic Uzbeks (80%), Russians (5.5%), Tajiks 5%) and Khazakhs (3%). The main religion is Sunni Muslim.

Uzbekistan was once on the Silk Road trade route and Samarkand and Bukhara became extremely rich during this time. Today Uzbekistan has the 4th largest gold reserves in the world, mining 103 tonnes each year.

The signature dish is “plov” (rice pilau) with lamb and vegetables. They also eat plenty of home-made bread and noodle dishes.

Uzbekistan is one of the most amazing places to visit in the whole world and has four UNESCO World Heritage sites. When I travelled there in 2010, I visited Tashkent (the capital), Khiva, Ayaz Kala, Kyzyl-Kum, Bukhara, the Nurata Mountains, Sentab Vilage and Samakand. Here are some of my favourite photographs I took during that visit.