About Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan is chosen to be a top travel destination for 2020 by CNN Travel
27 December 2019
Uzbekistan is chosen to be a top travel destination for 2020 by CNN Travel

Uzbekistan, while little known to most Westerners, has begun to formulate a travel scenario for 2020.

The tourist site Lonely Planet called this country culturally rich and historically attractive, along with the rest of Central Asia, the New Year's travel region number one

The Economist also singled out Uzbekistan, calling it country number one in 2019 due to significant progress in various reforms in economic and social spheres.

To all this, you can add its ancient history and wonderful food, which make Uzbekistan an increasingly attractive destination for travel.

Visa-free regime

After his election, the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev began ambitious reforms, attracting tourists from all over the world to the country.

Such reforms include a 30-day period of visa-free entry into country of travelers from 65 countries of the world, and simplified electronic visa visa support has been introduced for citizens of other 77 countries.

The historical treasures of Uzbekistan are now more accessible than ever before.


"The Uzbek authorities maintain a high level of vigilance and security measures to prevent any threats, and statistics on cases of violence against foreigners are extremely small," the US State Department reports.

Such measures were not slow in affecting the growth of tourists to Uzbekistan. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, the number of foreign tourists to this country has grown from 1.9 million in 2014 to 6.4 million in 2018.

Pristine story

Perhaps the most attractive quality of Uzbekistan and the Central Asian region is untouched and sacred history that has been preserved for millennia.

From the huge temples and minarets of the cities of Samarkand and Bukhara to the snow-capped peaks of the Tien Shan mountain range - this is a region without the fussy crowd of a huge flow of people.

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The 6 Silk Road Secrets: Traveling in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan in Central Asia The United Nations selects areas and attractions that are culturally and historically important to UNESCO’s heritage.

The Uzbek cities of Bukhara, Samarkand, Khiva and Shakhrisabz are included in this list.

Attention to the country on social networks

In recent years, social networks have shed new light on Uzbekistan and its main attractions, and foreign travelers are actively sharing their experience of acquaintance with this country.
Hashtags such as #VisitUzbekistan, #VisitTashkent, #VisitSamarkand and #TravelCentralAsia are very popular on social networks today.

Uzbekistan today pays special attention to the important role that social networks play in expanding the country's tourism sector.

This is why USAID is partnering with Uzbekistan to promote travel opportunities in the Central Asian region by inviting travel bloggers to explore and promote the image of Uzbekistan.

“Travel bloggers have focused on a wide range of niche travel markets - from adventure and cultural travel to independent and unusual destinations,” the US Embassy said.

“Popular tourist destinations in Central Asia participating in the trip include Samarkand, Charyn Canyon, Karakol, Fan Mountains and much more,” the embassy said.

Tasty Uzbekistan

Uzbek cuisine can be described as fragrant and satisfying with many dishes from many products. His most popular dish is Uzbek pilaf, the country's national dish, which consists of a layer of rice cooked slowly with carrots, rice, onions and meat.

Delicious travel bloggers especially use this opportunity to experiment with the unique flavors and spices used in Uzbek dishes.

Mark Waynes, a renowned blogger, travels to remote areas of the world to sample authentic local food and share his taste experiences with the world.

On his Migrationology blog, Vines shared the highlights of his trip and the “meat, history, and hospitality” he found.

Vines singled out a bazaar, known as Chorsu Bazaar in Tashkent, where tourists flock to get acquainted with Uzbek traditions.

“This is a celebration for fresh meat, spices, fruits and vegetables and everything that is produced in Uzbekistan. The structure of the market dome reminds me of an exchange platform, a market museum, ”Vines added.

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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
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