Regions in Uzbekistan
The most fertile and populous part of the country, but also its most unstable with different ethnic groups like Uzbek and Kyrgyz have disputes.
Geographically dominated by the vast red sands of the seemingly endless Kyzylkum Desert and politically dominated by Qaraqalpaqstan, the vast autonomous republic of the Qaraqalpaqs, Uzbekistan’s North is most notable in travel circles for the ancient Silk Road city of Khiva, and for the dying Aral Sea.
Samarkand through Bukhara
This is truly the heart of the Silk Road, the passage along the Zeravshan River valley through Central Asia’s most important historical cities of Samarkand and Bukhara and heavily populated mainly with Ethnic Tajiks.
The one mountainous part of the country, where Uzbekistan meets the mighty Pamir Mountains, is heavily ethnic Tajik.
The political and economic center of the country, surrounding the capital, Tashkent.