About Uzbekistan

07 July 2017

SHAHINA TRAVEL
TRAVEL TO UZBEKISTAN & CENTRAL ASIA

Tour programs and partnership proposal

Dear colleagues,

Greetings from Uzbekistan, the most popular travel destination in Central Asia. Last couple of years we experienced a significant rise in independent travelers from Western Europe that are seeking for new unexplored destinations and for many Uzbekistan with the rest of STAN countries was the choice they made.

The reason we are contacting your company is that we are now in the process of selecting reliable partners in your region to organize group tours and sell Central Asia packages to tourists in your country. We have noticed that you already organize such trips and thought that you might try to cooperate with our company. We are over 15 years on the market, have a great expertise in organizing both group and individual tours and we are pretty much sure we can beat any prices that you already have. You, probably, already have some partners in Uzbekistan, but why not give us a try and we can assure you that you will never regret.

We can tailor the tours in line with your customers’ preferences, shift the tour priority and make emphasis on activities, crafts, local celebrations, souvenir shopping, photography, cuisine, etc depending on what would be of the most interest to your clientele. We don’t sell just a standard package of hotels, guides & transportation that most agencies do. We believe that this is a totally wrong approach. We help to explore the country, to open it to the people who are first time in this part of the world and hardly know anything about its people, culture and hospitality. We treat the guests with the best of Uzbek cuisine, advise to taste local wines, help to make begins on the souvenirs, always organize folklore shows and make small presents to the guests.       

Below you can find some sample tours with net prices and detailed itinerary. These are examples only, and they can be modified and amended to better suit the interests of your tourists. We have a team of tour operators that can quickly reply and advise on all the matters. If you already sell programs to Uzbekistan from other operators why not to send it to us – to see if we can make the program more interesting and at a better price.

Please do get in touch with us and we will do our best to meet your expectations.

Some sample tours for you to consider in PDF files

HIGHLIGHTS OF UZBEKISTAN (7 MB)
RELIGIOUS HERITAGE OF UZBEKISTAN (7 MB)
RING OF UZBEKISTAN (8 MB)
TRACES OF THE GREAT SILK ROAD (6 MB)
TRAIN TOUR ACROSS UZBEKISTAN (6 MB)
UZBEKISTAN PILGRIMAGE TOUR (7 MB)
ARAL SEA TOUR (6 MB)
BEST OF UZBEKISTAN & TURKMENISTAN (7 MB)

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Did you know?

Uzbekistan is one of only two countries in the world to be ‘double landlocked’ (landlocked and totally surrounded by other landlocked countries). Liechtenstein is double landlocked by 2 countries whilst Uzbekistan is surrounded by 5!

Did you know that Uzbekistan lies in the very heart of Eurasia, the coordinates for Uzbekistan are 41.0000° N, 69.0000°

Uzbekistan is home to the Muruntan gold mine, one of the largest open pit gold mines in the world! The country has 4th largest reserves of gold in the world after South Africa, USA and Russia

Uzbekistan is the world capital of melons. They have in excess of 150 different varieties, which form a staple part of the local diet, served fresh in the summer and eaten dried through the winter.

It is Uzbek tradition that the most respected guest be seated farthest from the house’s entrance.

Tashkent’s metro features chandeliers, marble pillars and ceilings, granite, and engraved metal. It has been called one of the most beautiful train stations in the world.

The Uzbek master chef is able to cook in just one caldron enough plov to serve a thousand men.

When you are a host to someone, it is your duty to fill their cups with for the whole time they are with you.  What you must not do, however, is to fill their cup more than half-full.  If you do that as a mistake, say it is a mistake immediately.  Doing it means you want them to leave.  Wow!  Amazing, right?

To Uzbeks, respect means a whole lot.  For this reason they love it if, even as foreigners, you endeavour to add the respectful suffix opa after a woman's name; and aka after a man's.  Example: Linda-opa and David-aka.  You could also use hon and jon respectively.

Having been an historic crossroads for centuries as part of various ancient empires, Uzbekistan’s food is very eclectic. It has its roots in Iranian, Arab, Indian, Russian and Chinese cuisine.

Though identified with the Persia, the Zoroastrism probably originated in Bactria or Sogdiana. Many distinguished scholars share an opinion that Zoroastrianism had originated in the ancient Khorezm. Indeed, today in the world there were found 63 Zoroastrian monuments, including those in Iran, India, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Thirty-eight of them are in Uzbekistan, whereas 17 of these monuments are located in Khorezm.

One of Islam's most sacred relics - the world's oldest Koran that was compiled in Medina by Othman, the third caliph or Muslim leader, is kept in Tashkent. It was completed in the year 651, only 19 years after Muhammad's death. 

Tashkent is the only megapolis in the world where public transport is totally comprised of Mercedes buses. And due to low urban air polution it is one of the few cities where one can still see the stars in the sky.

You would be surprised to know that modern TV was born in Tashkent. No joke! The picture of moving objects was transmitted by radio first time in the world in Tashkent on 26 of July 1928 by inventors B.P. Grabovsky and I.F. Belansky.

Uzbekistan is the only country in the world all of whose neighbours have their names ending in STAN. This is also the only country in Central Asia that borders all of the countries of this region

Uzbeks are the third populous Turkik ethnicity in the world after Turks and Azeris (leaving both in Azerbaijan and Iran)

Did you know that there was silk money in Khiva? Super interesting right? Of course, but the best part of having silk money was that it could be sewn into your clothing.

Famous Islamic physician Ibn Sina (Avicenna in the Latin world) who was born near Bukhara was the one of the first people to advocate using women’s hair as suture material – about 1400 years ago.

Uzbekistan has a long and bloody history. The most notorious leader of Uzbekistan was Timur (or Tamerlane) who claimed descent from Genghis Khan. His military campaigns have been credited for wiping out some 5% of the world’s population at the time.

If you have thought that some of the Islamic architecture in Uzbekistan resembles that from Northern India, then that is because Timur’s great great great Grandson, Babur Beg, was the founder of the Moghul Empire that ruled much of India for almost four centuries! Babur’s great great Grandson was Shah Jahan, who built the Taj Mahal.

Uzbekistan was once a rum producig country. There is still a real arboretum in Denau (city near Termez on the border with Afghanistan), grown from a selection station that studied the prospects of plant growing in the unusual for the Soviet Union subtropical climate of Surkhandarya region: only here in the whole of the USSR sugar cane was grown and even rum was produced!

Uzbekistan has been ranked one of the safest countries in the world, according to a new global poll. The annual Gallup Global Law and Order asked if people felt safe walking at night and whether they had been victims of crime. The survey placed Uzbekistan 5th out of 135 countries, while the UK was 21st and the US 35th. Top five safest countries:

  • Singapore
  • Norway
  • Iceland
  • Finland
  • Uzbekistan
Exchange rates
100 RUR
12471.53 UZS
100 USD
820801.52 UZS
100 EUR
939407.05 UZS
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1069996.48 UZS
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