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Travel to Uzbekistan-Useful tips

Personal Expenses

Personal Expenses

Foreign Exchange

Local Currency: Uzbekistani Sum.

Recommended Currency for Exchange: Take your spending money in US$ cash, as many bars and shops only accept hard currency (and often lack the facility to change travellers cheques or to use visa card ).

We recommend you take new (post 1990), good condition dollar bills in small denominations.

Where to Exchange: Most major towns – at the exchange office.

Credit Card Acceptance: Rarely acceptable.

ATM Availability: Very limited, do not rely on this.

Travellers Cheques: Exchange is not available.

Additional Information: Remember to keep your currency declaration form – it will be required when you leave.

Tipping: Although entirely voluntary, tipping is a recognized part of life in this region of the world.

Some local staff look to members of the group for personal recognition of particular services provided.

You’ll need some extra money to cover meals not included in the tour price , photography fees, other sightseeing , souvenirs and items of a personal nature such as laundry.

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Packing For Your Trip Packing For Your Trip

Packing For Your Trip

Luggage: One main piece of baggage and a daysac will be needed. Total allowance: 20kgs. +5kgs of your hand luggage

Clothing: Light-weight cottons are most suitable for the hot summers of Central Asia. For early or late season tours warmer clothes will be required. Tight fitting garments should be avoided. The region is predominantly Moslem, so brief shorts and skirts or clothes that are too revealing offend local sensibilities. Dress with respect. Bring swimming gear for Lake Aydarkul.

Footwear: Good quality, comfortable shoes/trainers and sandals.

Equipment: Bring sunscreen, a sunhat, water bottle and torch.

Please note: Due to the hot weather and change of climate, some people experience upset stomachs. You may wish to bring rehydration salts with you as a common cause is dehydration.

Meal plan

Meal plan

Breakfasts, are included on all trips; please be prepared to pay for all other meals (if they are not included). Please note that costs for drinks and meals can vary depending on location and the prices below are given as an average guide only.

Tea $0.40
Soft drink $ 0.50
Bottled water $ 0.75
Bottle of Beer $ 1.50
2 Course Meal* $ 5.00
3 Course Meal** $ 8.00

*Cheap local fare in a small cafe or restaurant.
**Typical food in a simple, reasonably comfortable mid-range restaurant. 

Uzbek food is a distinctive and well known feature of Uzbekistan Culture. Though the traditional Uzbekistan Food comprises fruits, vegetables and pasta type dishes yet the different preparations of meat have added largely to their diet recently. 

Uzbekistan have been cultivating grain and domesticated livestock since ages amidst the deserts, rugged mountains, oasis and fertile valleys. Uzbekistan cuisine is one of the integral aspects of their hospitality. Traditional dishes in Uzbekistan, which are usually regularly prepared are bread, rice, thick soups, stews sometimes served with noodles or dumplings. Meat pastries and shashlik (mutton or liver cooked on skewers) are also the popular dishes of Uzbeks.

The menu of a Uzbek household depends upon the season. In summer their diet mainly includes: fruits (grapes, melons, pears, watermelons, apricots, apples, pomegranates, cherries, lemons, persimmons, quinces and figs) vegetables ( yellow carrots, pumpkin, green radishes, squash varieties, tomatoes, eggplants, turnips, cucumbers) 

The winter diet of the Uzbeks are dried fruits and vegetables with noodle or pasta-type dishes. Mutton is loved by the Uzbeks. Beef and horse meat are also consumed in fairly large quantities. Camel and goat meat are avoided. The food in Uzbekistan is not spicy, hot or fiery but truly delectable. Bread, both leavened and unleavened - form the staple food of the Uzbeks. Baked in tandoor ovens, and served with tea (green or black and without milk or sugar) this bread – time is delightfully enjoyed by the Uzbeks. Wine and vodka are the most popular drinks. 

The local cuisine of Uzbekistan boasts the preparations of katyk, or yogurt made from sour milk, suzma, strained clotted milk similar to the taste of cottage cheese, are eaten with salads. Sometimes added to soups and main dishes. Uzbekistan Food is particularly mouth watering even if it is prepared in such a plain and spice less procedure.

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