Surrounded by the snowy peaks of the Tan Shan Mountains, the capital of Uzbekistan – which was the part of the Great Silk Road – is impressive. While the ancient cities of Bukhara and Khiva, with their azure minarets, appeal to history-seekers, Tashkent perfectly plays the role of the country's grand dame – it is all about culture here!
The Uzbeks believe that turning bread upside down will bring you bad fortune.
Check the Fine Arts Museum for a collection of local, Russian and Western European works, and head further to the Amir Temur Museum, dedicated to the 14th century dynasty of the Temurids. A stroll around its amazing garden, garnished with fountains, doubles the pleasure of the visit. See a ballet at one of the city's theatres – there are ten of them! Even the metro is a piece of art, with its marble carvings and chandeliers. And for the true Central Asian experience head to Alay bazaar: stock up on silk carpets, spices and hand-painted ceramics and don't forget to bargain like a pro!