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The rise of ecotourism in Uzbekistan

As Uzbekistan develops as a tourism destination and more of the world discovers its treasures, we can explore what else the country has to offer

The Registan

Among the most iconic sights on the Silk Road, this central square is one of the world's greatest examples of medieval Islamic architecture

The Tashkent Metro

More than just a convenient form of public transport, the Tashkent Metro is a beautiful highlight of the city itself

From Swaziland to eSwatini

April 2018 saw Mswati III announce that Swaziland - the name given to the country by the British - would be no more.
Sophie Ibbotson is the founder of Maximum Exposure Ltd., a development consultancy and public relations company working in the tourism and culture sectors. She specialises in emerging markets and post-conflict zones, and has worked in Central Asia since 2008. She is the co-author of Bradt’s Uzbekistan, Kashmir, Sudan, and South Sudan guides, and her writing has also been published in Newsweek, the Financial Times, and the Sunday Telegraph. Sophie is the co-founder and publisher of Panorama: The Journal of Intelligent Travel, a trustee of the Royal Society for Asian Affairs, and a board member of the British Georgian Chamber of Commerce.

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The rise of ecotourism in Uzbekistan

As Uzbekistan develops as a tourism destination and more of the world discovers its treasures, we can explore what else the country has to offer

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The Registan

Among the most iconic sights on the Silk Road, this central square is one of the world’s greatest examples of medieval Islamic architecture

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The Tashkent Metro

More than just a convenient form of public transport, the Tashkent Metro is a beautiful highlight of the city itself

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From Swaziland to eSwatini

April 2018 saw Mswati III announce that Swaziland – the name given to the country by the British – would be no more.

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Trekking in the Fann Mountains

Discover the turquoise waters of the Seven Lakes and with our authors’ guide to the Fann Mountains’ best treks.

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Dead goat polo

Tajikistan’s national sport buz kashi is a popular and brutal game, famously known as dead goat polo.

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The Yagnobi

Our authors discuss the last remaining speakers of the ancient Sogdian language.

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On the road in Uzbekistan

Join Sophie Ibbotson, author of our Uzbekistan guidebook, as she shows pictures from the central Asian country. 

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The Mughal Gardens

According to authors Sophie and Max Lovell-Hoare, the Mughal Gardens are far more than just collections of plants.

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The Chadar Winter Trek

Sophie and Max Lovell-Hoare describe the challenging and beautiful six-day hike in sub-zero temperatures along the frozen Zanskar River. 

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