About Uzbekistan

DIE WELT Newspaper: Welcome to Uzbekistan
16 March 2020
DIE WELT Newspaper: Welcome to Uzbekistan

Analytical information about Uzbekistan’s travel potential has been published in the special supplement Reiseguide of the famous weekly German newspaper DIE WELT under the title “Welcome to Uzbekistan”.

The article mentions Uzbekistan as one of the most beautiful countries of Central Asia with ancient history and culturally rich heritage. The territory of the country encompasses highland valleys and hottest deserts, multicultural archeological and historical constructions and complexes, covered with ancient architectural monuments and modern metropolitan areas.

The publication states that traveling about Uzbekistan promises tourists not only an informational excursion to the history of Central Asian nations and an introduction with historical attractions, which are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, but also an exciting trip along the ancient route of the Great Silk Road.

The submission contains information about the unique nature and climatic conditions of Uzbekistan, which is helpful to organize their trip in the most convenient and comfortable way. According to the article, each region has its own unique natural conditions, such as Pamir and Tien-Shan highlands, crystal clean lakes, loud streams and healing spring sources.

The article also informs the readers about the reforms in the touristic field, developing new travel directions of extreme, pilgrimage, ethnic and agricultural tourism and others. New routes and touristic service centers are being developed and created.

 “Ecotourism is one of the most popular travel destinations today, and Uzbekistan is one of the rare countries in the world, which has great potential and opportunities for its development. What makes Uzbekistan unique and special is its diverse nature, exotic animal world, rich plant culture and amazing mountain areas with beautiful contrast. Uzbekistan has plenty of places for the organization of eco-tour packages, such as national parks and reserves” quotes the article.

The authors have specifically emphasized Uzbek culture and traditions for being unique and original. They noted that the distinct culture of Uzbekistan has combined the customs and traditions of all various nations that had inhabited the region for many centuries, having seen many civilizations for thousands of years.

“Uzbek culture is kind of quintessence of cultures of Central Asia, however, each region of Uzbekistan has its own unique patterns, which is colorfully represented in national dresses and local dialects” – mentions the publication.

German travelers are advised to attend the local ethnic festivals, in order to have a close look at the colorful culture of Uzbekistan and to be able to experience it.

As a conclusion, the authors highlight the rich and delicious national Uzbek cuisine, where some recopies take start from many centuries back. Once again the famous traditional dish of Uzbek Palov has been mentioned for having been taken into the UNESCO list of world cultural heritage in 2016.



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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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