Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and nearby Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan are countries that make up central Asia. While relatively unknown, compared to such incentive destinations as Europe and the Caribbean, they are sure to amaze adventurous groups.
With a population of 2.2 million,Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, developed from an oasis on the Chirchik River. Uzbekistan has the world's fourth largest deposits of gold. Tashkent International Airport is located in the capital. 5 Star hotels include the 246-room InterContinental Tashkent with conference facilities for up to 500 people, and Radisson Blu Hotel Tashkent and the Tashkent Palace Hotel.
In 1966, a major earthquake destroyed much of Tashkent and most of the historical sites. The USSR with assistance from Finland rebuilt it as a thriving metropolis with squares, fountains, gardens, parks, and a modern transportation network. Visitors can shop for gold and silver treasures in the Oloy Bazaar in Tashkent which dates back to the 12th century.
Historical sites can be explored in Khiva, Samarkand and Bukhara.
The earth's 5th-largest natural gas deposits are in Turkmenistan, the smallest central Asian republic. Ashgabat Exhibition & Conference Palace is the largest event venue for conferences and trade shows. Major hotels include Hotel Sofitel Oguzkent Ashgabat and the Hotel President.
Historical sites include Old Nissa with temples and palaces dating to the 1st to 3rd centuries BC, and the archeological digs at Merv, the world's largest city during part of the 12th century.
Unique experiences include desert adventures and an overnight stay in a yurt.
To learn more about Central Asia, also consult Cvent Blog's feature about Kazakhstan in Central Asia.