Uzbekistan Travel Photos – Fergana Valley Edition
The Ferghana valley stretches across eastern Uzbekistan, southern Kyrgyzstan and northern Tajikistan. I visited places on both Uzbek and Kyrgyz side, as well as the picturesque Tajik areas seen from an airplane. This valley is the heart of the Uzbek culture and relatively untouched by tourists. Being on a somewhat tight schedule, I was only able to spend a few days here and check out limited towns.
While here, I visited the towns of Fergana, Margilan, famous for its silk industry, and Rishton, famous for it’s ceramic pottery. Those are excellent spots to load up on good quality products and gifts.
There is a chic new train that runs from Tashkent to the Fergana valley every day in the morning, making a return trip in the evening. This train route, constructed with Chinese aid, burrows through a 19-km long tunnel under the mountain pass Kamchik. In the Fergana valley, it stops in the towns of Kokand, Margilan and Andijan.