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Cultural tourism in Uzbekistan highlighted by Avesta Information Agency of Tajikistan
22 March 2024
Cultural tourism in Uzbekistan highlighted by Avesta Information Agency of Tajikistan

The popular Tajik Information Agency Avesta published an article about Uzbekistan’s tourism, particularly cultural tourism in our country.

The publication writes that Uzbekistan is a country with a rich history and rich culture, and a treasure trove of cultural tourism. Uzbekistan offers a unique combination of old and new, tradition and innovation starting from the ancient cities of Samarkand and Bukhara to the bustling bazaars of Tashkent.

The article notes the historical monuments of Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara, Shakhrisabz, Khiva, Urgench, Termez, and Karakalpakstan, which form the basis of historical and educational tourism in Uzbekistan. These cities of Uzbekistan with their unique architecture and cultural heritage, are living proof of the country’s rich history that one can enjoy while visiting Uzbekistan.

Authentic villages in Uzbekistan were described as a part of the cultural heritage of Uzbekistan, adding to the rich cultural diversity and uniqueness of each region of Uzbekistan and the entire country overall.

“Cultural tourism in Uzbekistan not only allows visitors to immerse themselves in the country's rich cultural heritage but also provides an opportunity to enjoy and participate in rural life” – writes the author.  

The article gives an example of the cultural heritage sights of Uzbekistan, Katta Langar, which is a unique place offering a combination of historical and cultural experiences for those willing to take a cultural trip to Uzbekistan. “There is a unique memorial complex here. The village was settled in the late 15th century by the Ishqiya Sufi group. The village's Friday Mosque, built soon after Ishqiya's arrival, is an architectural marvel with an ocean of blue tiles and an intricate ceiling supported by wooden columns” – writes the author.

“Towering over the city is the mausoleum of the powerful local Sheikh Mohammed Sadiq, who is buried along with his father, son and possibly one of Tamerlane's daughters. The dome of the mausoleum is in the classical Timurid style, built with restraint and elegance” – continues the publication describing Katta Langar.

The article encourages tourists traveling to Uzbekistan to include Katta Langar in their list since it also offers a glimpse into rural Uzbek life. The village is famous for its ancient brick houses. Visitors can be invited to one of these houses, have tea and scones and spend the day relaxing with the locals.

Continuing with the unique villages of Uzbekistan, the author describes the villages of Tersak and Gelon, where tourists can enjoy the delicious local, or immerse themselves in the local culture and way of life, including traditional farming methods, crafts and cuisine.

Staying in guest houses or homestays owned by local families provides an opportunity to interact and learn about their customs and traditions. The village also hosts cultural events and festivals throughout the year, showcasing music, dance and other aspects of Uzbek heritage.

“Tourist villages in Uzbekistan offer a unique and authentic experience, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in local culture and traditions. Whether you're learning traditional crafts, exploring nature, or simply enjoying the tranquility of rural life, these villages are a must-visit for anyone who wants to gain a deeper understanding of Uzbekistan's rich cultural heritage” – concludes the publication, inviting travelers to take an unforgettable trip to Uzbekistan’s cultural destinations. 

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Did you know?

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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?

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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. 

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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.

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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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