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The magazine dedicated to tourism opportunities of Uzbekistan published in Moscow: “Uzbekistan - an oriental fairy tale”
01 July 2024
The magazine dedicated to tourism opportunities of Uzbekistan published in Moscow: “Uzbekistan - an oriental fairy tale”

A special magazine dedicated to the tourism potential of Uzbekistan has been published in Russia.

The magazine was prepared by the Embassy of our country in Moscow and the National PR Center under the Committee for Tourism of Uzbekistan and published in collaboration with the Russian publication “Russian Traveler”.

In the color illustrated publication “Uzbekistan - An Eastern Tale” you can familiarize yourself with the rules for traveling around Uzbekistan, get information about Uzbekistan’s unique tourist sites and cultural routes, take a short gastronomic tour and learn a lot of useful information about Uzbekistan.

The publication most fully reveals to readers the attractive aspects of visiting all regions and cities of Uzbekistan, and also talks about the rich culture, traditions, picturesque landscapes, Uzbek cuisine and warm hospitality of the Uzbek people.

The publication presents an illustrated map showing the cities through which the Great Silk Road ran. It is noted that these Uzbek cities have become real crossroads of cultures, four of which - Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva and Shakhrisabz - have been declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

In addition, the special issue provides advice to Russian tourists on how to spend their holidays in Uzbekistan, which resorts are worth visiting and where they are located. The magazine notes that the Chimgan Mountains offer not only picturesque hiking with the snow caps of the Tien Shan, walnut and apple groves, hundreds of waterfalls, but also a ski holiday.

Particular attention is paid to picturesque recreation on the high-mountain lakes of Urungach, known as the Jade Lakes and located at an altitude of 2000 meters, 120 kilometers from the city of Tashkent.

Other impressive places include the Arashan Lakes at an altitude of 2800 meters with thermal springs, where the water temperature is +36°C all year round, and Lake Aydarkul in the Jizzakh region, near which there are several interesting glamping sites.

The magazine also presents a wide range of entertainment events in Uzbekistan: from ethnocultural festivals such as Navruz and Lyazgi, to gastronomic festivals dedicated to traditional Uzbek cuisine, such as Gastro Bazaar and the Festival of Ice Cream and Soft Drinks MUZDAY- 2024."

Sports lovers are invited to enjoy international sports competitions, and music lovers are invited to visit the Sharq Taronalari festivals in Samarkand and Elements in the city of Muynak in Karakalpakstan.

The magazine is widely distributed not only in printed form, but also in digital form through the official website and social networks of the Russian Traveler publication.

It should be noted that the number of subscribers of the leading Russian travel magazine “Russian Traveler” on social networks reaches 2 million people, while the official page of the magazine has about 4 million views monthly.

The special edition was released in 10 thousand copies and is distributed among leading Russian tourism operators and companies, business and business circles in Russia, as well as at Moscow airports.

The Embassy of Uzbekistan in Moscow, together with the National PR Center under the Committee on Tourism, plans to hold a presentation of this magazine at the end of August 2024 in Pavilion No. 66 “Uzbekistan” at VDNKh in Moscow.

In general, the informative and educational content of the magazine will allow Russian readers not only to receive aesthetic pleasure, but also to take a fresh look at the Uzbekistan's tourist sites and cultural attractiveness of Uzbekistan.

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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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