Hi there, on this article, I wished to let you know a bit extra about what to anticipate in Uzbekistan in winter and whether or not it’s value going to Uzbekistan in December, January or February. I may also share our expertise exploring Uzbekistan in December, simply after Christmas.
With out additional ado, let’s get began!
What’s the most effective time to journey to Uzbekistan?
Lots of people ask when is the most effective time to journey to Uzbekistan. Effectively, there isn’t a simple reply, because it actually relies on what you’re in search of. Uzbekistan has clearly outlined seasons: chilly winter, great spring when every little thing is blooming, sweltering summer time and nice autumn. In Uzbekistan, summer time is mostly highly regarded, with the temperatures reaching 36-55C (half of the times in July 2021 in Tashkent had been hotter than 41 levels). Winter is completely tremendous, it doesn’t often get colder than -3C, and in Samarkand and Bukhara, winters are sometimes sunny and considerably heat (5-15C) in the course of the day. Nonetheless, you may count on subzero temperatures at evening (often round -1- -3C).
In the event you like actually scorching temperatures, you’ll take pleasure in Uzbekistan in summer time – it’s a really cheerful time of the yr, and the streets get bustling after sundown. Nonetheless, most individuals journey to Central Asia in late March- mid-April and from mid-September to mid-November, when the temperatures are nice. On this case, nonetheless, you will notice Uzbekistan most crowded, as practically everybody needs to journey there throughout these months.
Travelling to Uzbekistan in winter: is it very chilly?
As I discussed earlier than, winters in Uzbekistan are usually not very chilly. The temperatures hardly ever drop under zero in the course of the day; nonetheless, they usually fall to -1 to -3 at evening. For instance, it doesn’t really feel as chilly as in St. Petersburg (Russia), because it’s not that windy in Uzbekistan.
It hardly ever snows in Uzbekistan, however it snows so much when it does! We had a really uncommon likelihood to see Tashkent lined by a thick blanket of snow, and it actually seemed magical! Folks say that snow in Tashkent is an rare occasion today, so I suppose that we had been very fortunate!
Beneath you may see the common temperatures in Uzbekistan in December. This one is the climate in Tashkent in December:
This one is the climate in Samarkand in December based mostly on the averages for the final 14 years.
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Planning a visit to Uzbekistan
We’ve been planning to have a superb Central Asia journey visiting Uzbekistan, Kazakstan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan again in 2019, then postponed it for Spring 2020 (as you may think about, it didn’t occur). We couldn’t go there in 2021 both, so we needed to break up this journey into journeys to separate nations. So after we determined to go to household in Russia in winter 2021, we additionally noticed a possibility to journey to Uzbekistan simply after Christmas! Travelling in the course of the pandemic is basically tough as the principles are altering on a regular basis. Though you may be all of the sudden banned from getting into a rustic, most airways don’t contemplate it sufficient to challenge a refund on the flight you may’t use. That’s why it’s difficult to plan journeys that require shifting from one nation to a different and mixing two or extra nations in a single journey!
Whereas it could have been very simple to go to Kazakhstan from Tashkent (it’s nearly on the border with Kazakhstan), entrance to Kazakhstan for foreigners was closely restricted. Whereas I’d have the ability to enter there, Jose wouldn’t; therefore, we determined to skip it!
Uzbekistan in December: what to anticipate
At first, we had been a bit reluctant to go to Uzbekistan in December as I’ve heard that it wouldn’t be as cheerful as it’s sometimes and a number of out of doors actions could be restricted. Nonetheless, we loved exploring Tashkent and Samarkand in December – it wasn’t too chilly (for my Russian requirements) and in Samarkand, it was really fairly heat the final two days (so heat that we didn’t want our jackets).
Furthermore, winter was the right time to discover Uzbekistan as there have been considerably fewer folks in comparison with the excessive season. We even managed to take images on the primary sq. of Samarkand with out crowds (and truly just about with none folks), which was superb. That’s one thing we positively didn’t count on. There was one thing magical about exploring these stunning landmarks in Samarkand with out folks. In Tashkent, we additionally didn’t want any reservations for the most well-liked cafes and eating places.
The one draw back was looking for a superb restaurant in Samarkand just a few days earlier than the New Yr. Regardless that Uzbekistan is a Muslim nation, New Yr is a giant vacation in Uzbekistan (because of the Soviet heritage), so a number of locations had been totally booked for personal New Yr events and company occasions.
Visiting Uzbekistan in winter: the abstract
Total, as I discussed earlier than, we actually loved visiting Uzbekistan in winter, and it turned out approach higher than I assumed. Not solely did we see a really uncommon occasion in Tashkent (snowfall), we additionally had good, heat and sunny climate in Samarkand in the course of the day, which was beautiful. In relation to packing for Tashkent and Samarkand in winter, I like to recommend bringing many layers. Don’t carry a jacket that’s too heat – you’ll undergo a bit in case it all of the sudden will get heat in Uzbekistan (that occurs). Be sure that to carry a few T-shirts, cardigans, hoodies and a lightweight jacket – you may at all times mix these layers to create an outfit that might be optimum in any climate.
I will probably be writing extra articles about Uzbekistan, so as soon as they’re prepared, I’ll go away the hyperlinks to them under.
Within the meantime, listed below are some articles you may discover helpful:
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