Uzbekistan’s Fergana Valley has been called the Pearl of Central Asia, and indeed its fertile green pastures and resplendent landscapes, tucked in the heart of Central Asia between Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, deserve such a noble title. Beyond the scenery, however, the culture and craftsmanship of the region –Rishtan’s ceramics, Kokand’s palace of the fearsome Khudoyar-Khan, Margilan’s colorful Yodgorlik Silk Factory – continue to shape the rich heritage of the entire nation.
Fergana Valley Budget Tour is a 3-day tour devoted exclusively to exploration of the Fergana Valley, a region too often overlooked by tourists headed for the streets of Samarkand. Travel gorgeous mountain passes and shop at lively Kumtepa Bazaar, learn pottery and silk embroidery techniques from the masters themselves, visit Buddhist remains in Kuva and roam the deserted ruins of once-grand Aksikent. This tour provides transportation to and from Tashkent and can easily be accommodated into other travel plans.