The Ferghana Valley was an important center of the ancient Great Silk Road. 3000 years of history offer amazing culture, warm hospitality, old-world craftsmanship and authentic cuisine. Over the centuries, it has attracted travelers, traders, merchants, pilgrims and diplomats, playing an important role bridging East and West.
The Ferghana region is surrounded by the spectacular Tian Shan mountains and traversed by the waters of both the Naryn and Syr Darya Rivers, with views of the Pamir and Fann mountains In neighboring Tajikistan. The award-winning Silk Road Treasure Tours team is thrilled to bring our travelers to this fascinating part of Uzbekistan for an extraordinary travel experience. Tours include visits to charming and remote villages, enjoying Ferghana pilaf with locals, and participating in classes with regional artisans and craftsmen skilled in the secrets of ceramics, silks and carpets.
When I first traveled to the Ferghana Valley from my native city of Bukhara in 1996, there were a limited number of sites you could visit. Places like the Kokand Khudayarkhan Palace, Andijan Juma mosque and the Dehkon bazaar. Now, with Uzbekistan's developed tourism infrastructure, many more ancient sites have been restored, and previously closed areas are open to visitors. The outstanding Margilan Yodgorlik Silk Factory for example, has been reintroduced into our new Uzbekistan tour itineraries. All this access has encouraged new luxury boutique hotels and guest houses, affording travelers exciting choices in accommodation.
Our Silk Road Treasure Tours’ guides can take you to neighboring Kyrgyzstan, too, just a smooth border crossing away. Here visitors can explore the culture of the Kyrgyz nomadic life and enjoy hiking or horseback riding in the spectacular Tian Shan mountains.
Tours to this region of Uzbekistan typically include three destinations: the Ferghana, Andijan and Namangan areas. Most Uzbekistan tour itineraries include the ancient cities of Bukhara, Samarkand, Tashkent, Khiva and Shakhrisabz in a 10-day itinerary. We recommend adding the Ferghana Valley tour either at the beginning or at the end of your Uzbekistan experience as an option. You‘ll need at least three days to explore this fascinating region, traveling from Tashkent to Ferghana by train through the countryside (6 hours) or by a scenic drive through the Silk Road villages and snow capped mountain landscapes.
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