Day 4: Ming O’rik

With such an impressive history dating back to the very dawn of humanity, Uzbekistan's smaller, but nonetheless significant architectural sites are often forgotten in favor of the three big silk road highlights.  The Khiva, Samarkand, and Bukhara travelers see today represent only a fraction of the thousands of years of history worth exploring in this … Continue reading Day 4: Ming O’rik

Day 10: Buddhist Stupa of Zurmala

We never got our Uzbek cotton field experience until we decided to visit the archeological wonderland of Termez and vicinity in June 2018.  After a short drive from the 3rd century AD Buddhist monastery of Fayoz-Tepe into the dusty countryside, we turned off the main road and down to the end of a dirt track … Continue reading Day 10: Buddhist Stupa of Zurmala

Day 27: Amir Timur Museum

If Amir Timur Square is a ring, the State Museum of the History of the Timurids is a precious stone decorating it, or so said the first President of Uzbekistan, Islam Karimov, when he dedicated the museum in 1996.  After independence, Uzbekistan needed a national hero.  President Karimov was a fan of Amir Timur from early … Continue reading Day 27: Amir Timur Museum

Day 87: Tashkent Railway Museum

One of the best preserved vestiges of Soviet Railway technology in the former Soviet Union, the Tashkent Museum of Railway Technics was opened in 1989 in honor of the 100th anniversary of the railroad in Uzbekistan.  Located just across the street from the Tashkent Central Station, this sprawling outdoor museum features a collection of 13 steam … Continue reading Day 87: Tashkent Railway Museum