Capital of Tashkent was great – museums about Soviets and Timor – who ruled more of the world than Ghengis Kahn but with less PR, were fantastic – free english speaking guides swooped in and seemed surprised when I tipped them, english captions too. 

The three UNESCO world heritage town of Samarkand, Bukhara, and Khiva also delivered. The Soviets fixed up the ruins in the 70s and as a result Uzbekistan has a tourist industry. Still tricky on the visas but improving rapidly. Spectacular Islamic architecture, tourist friendly folks, good prices on everything.