Top 5 places to visit in Termez
Termez is a city in the center of Surkhandarya province in southern Uzbekistan, located on the right bank of the Amu Darya River, where it flows into the Surkhandarya River. This town is close to the border with Afghanistan, and along the road leading to Termez you can see a fence, a strip of trees, a neutral strip, and the majestic Amu Darya River, beyond which is Afghanistan. Termez is famous for its sincere people, chic pomegranates and a whole lamb roasted in a tandoor with juniper branches. If you visit this city, it is definitely worth seeing its main attractions.
- History Museum: A must-visit museum with a unique collection of exhibits, and a staff that genuinely loves and cares about the museum. The staff is very knowledgeable and passionate about the history of Termez, and their enthusiasm is contagious.
- Salt Cave: A fascinating natural wonder located inside a mountain, where thick layers of salt protrude from the walls. The cave is divided into different "rooms," each with its unique purpose for treating different ailments. The salt cave is known for its healing properties and is a popular destination for locals and visitors alike.
- Alexandria Oxiana: The ruins of an ancient city built by Alexander the Great. The site is full of clay ruins that still stand tall on the hills. The view from the top is awe-inspiring, and visitors can easily imagine why Alexander chose to build a city at that exact location.
- Buddhist Monasteries and Stupas: Surprisingly, Termez is home to several Buddhist monasteries, and the city attracts many pilgrims from countries with a traditional Buddhist religion. Visitors can explore the caves where ancient monks meditated during the long winter months.
- River Port: Though now closed to tourists, the river port was once a bustling hub of activity, welcoming countless ships carrying goods. After a period of decreased activity due to the geopolitical situation in Afghanistan, the port is once again growing and expanding. The nearby "Friendship Bridge" is also worth a visit, connecting Uzbekistan to Afghanistan.