Question: How much independence in travelling in Uzbekistan?
My wife and I have always traveled independently, and we've visited some out of the way places like Kashgar, Lhasa, and Gandrung. From reading forums I gather that virtually everybody who visits Uzbekistan uses a travel agency for at least some of their trip.
I accept that completely indepent travel places too many demands on the traveler, and a relatively small contribution to the local economy makes for much greater ease. However, I don't have any sense of where to draw the line between freedom to wander aimlessly and having a local person with local language skills helping us navigate and showing us things that we would not otherwise see.
Can anybody shed some light on this issue?