About Uzbekistan

BBC Travel posts about Uzbekistan: Uzbekistan – A Cultural Melting Pot
18 March 2024
BBC Travel posts about Uzbekistan: Uzbekistan – A Cultural Melting Pot

“From majestic Islamic architecture to unique cuisine, there’s much to explore in Uzbekistan, located at the heart of the Silk Road” – quoted from the article.

Mentioning about the historical Great Silk Road, the cities of Bukhara, Khiva and Samarkand were noted as major commercial centers of the trading pathway. The authors recommend visiting Uzbekistan not only for its historical heritage related to the Great Silk Road but also incredible cuisine, astonishing architecture and beautiful landscapes.

“Whether they’re in search of a culturally rich experience, eager to explore natural wonders, or looking for a new dish to try, Uzbekistan has got something for every type of traveler” – writes BBC Travel.

The history of the ancient trade routes going through Uzbekistan is then explained, mentioning the dedication of the country from the second century BC until the mid-15th century. “The 6,400km combined land and sea routes centred on the country’s three major cities and connected Asia, East Africa, and Southern Europe”.

The products exchanged between the countries along the Great Silk Road are then listed in the article, mentioning silk produced largely in China, tea, dyes, perfume, and porcelain, as well as camels, horses, honey, wine, and gold.

Due to the ongoing trade between the East and West along the Silk Road, where Uzbekistan served as the key point of connection, where the blending of cultures was unescapable, thus with each dynasty and empire, leaving its mark on the places it reached. According to the author, this can be seen in Samarkand, named the Crossroad of Cultures on the UNESCO World Heritage List.  

The spread of Islam in Uzbekistan in the eighth century and its influence on the culture and architecture then explained in the article.

“In present-day Uzbekistan, this influence can still be seen, from the buildings that line its streets to its distinctive foods and historical cities designated as UNESCO World Heritage sites, such as Bukhara, Samarkand, Shakhrisyabz, and the walled town of Itchan Kala in Khiva” – writes BBC Travel.

The well-preserved and restored architecture of Uzbekistan, such as Bibi-Khanym Mosque in Samarkand, as well as many other remaining historical architecture of mosques and blue domes are another treasure the country offers to those traveling to Uzbekistan today.  

Delicious Uzbek cuisine, which offers a rich variety of tastes, where meat-based meals take advantage in the cuisine according to the author.

“The distinctive flavours of the country’s various spices and culinary innovations aren’t easily found elsewhere. Reflecting its agrarian roots, Uzbek food is meat-heavy and flavourful, often featuring bay leaves, cumin, coriander, pepper, and cinnamon” – writes BBC Travel talking about Uzbek cuisine.

At the end of the article, information about convenient direct flights by Uzbekistan Airways, connecting the country with Europe, Asia, and North America is highlighted. For those wishing to take a wondrous trip to Uzbekistan for its rich culture and traditions, experiencing Uzbekistan has never been more accessible, concludes BBC Travel.  

More news about Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan and Spain discuss opportunities of strengthening cooperation in the tourism field

The Embassy of Uzbekistan in Spain hosted a "round table" dedicated to the tourism potential of Uzbekistan. The event was organized as part of the campaign "Samarkand - the tourist gates of New Uzbekistan". 

24 April 2023
Uzbekistan participates at the Malaysian International Tourism Fair in Kuala Lumpur: MITM 2023

Uzbekistan participates in the 20th exhibition-fair “Malaysia International Travel Mart” (MITM 2023) taking place in the capital of Malaysia.

31 July 2023
Regular flights between Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan to be resumed

 Regular flights between Tashkent and Baku, the capital cities of Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan will start operating on a regular basis as of 8 March 2022.

28 February 2022
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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