A delegation from the Khorezm region paid an official visit to Azerbaijan to represent the tourism image of Uzbekistan, particularly the Khorezm region.
The five-day trip of the Uzbek delegation, consisting of representatives of official, business circles and cultural organizations, was organized to familiarize the public of Azerbaijan with the rich culture, traditions and tourism potential of the Khorezm region.
The agenda of the Khorezm delegation’s visit to Azerbaijan covered participation in the international tourism exhibition "Tourism and Travel" - AITF 2023. As part of this event, visitors to the pavilion were provided with detailed information about the tourism potential of Uzbekistan, including the Khorezm region.
A concert program and Uzbek dance performances under the guidance of the famous choreographer Gavkhar Matyakubova filled the hall with a truly festive atmosphere. The famous Khorezm dance “Lazgi”, which is included in the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, was presented to the attention of the guests and participants.
In order to popularize the Uzbek national culture and expand the idea of Uzbekistan’s tourist image, a performance by Uzbek artists was also organized on Azerbaijani television. ATV channel broadcasted two programs dedicated to the culture, traditions and tourism potential of the Khorezm region to local and foreign audiences.
Briefly about Khorezm Region
Being the oldest region of Uzbekistan and Central Asia, the history of Khorezm goes back many centuries, approximately 3000 years from now, encompassing many great civilizations like Mesopotamia, Egypt, and India in its area. The first records of Khorezm are found in the holy book of Zoroastrians “Avesta”.
Today, you can see numerous ancient monuments in the territory of Khorezm, particularly in Khiva, which is referred to as an open-air museum due to the preservation of its ancient architectural heritage. Ichan Kala complex, translated as “the inner town”, is a historical center of Khiva, surrounded by the fortress. Ichan Kala has preserved the whole complex of ancient monuments, delivering the spirit and atmosphere of ancient times that you can feel as soon as you enter the fortress through the historical gates of the old town.
Ichan Kala has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List due to the number of ancient monuments, madrasahs, mosques and mausoleums in its territory. The famous Kalta Minor minaret, Juma Mosque with 218 carved columns, the Islam Khoja minaret with a height of 56 meters, is considered a symbol of Khiva. The Tash-Khauli Palace, the Kunya Ark fortress and the mausoleum of Pakhlavon Mahmud, the Nurullabay Palace, the Muhammad Aminkhan madrasah and many others are located right within the fortress walls of the “inner town”, Ichan Kala, which is a unique historical center of Khiva.
As you travel to Uzbekistan, the Khorezm region, particularly Khiva and Ichan Kala are indeed among the must-visit places in Uzbekistan, for their unique culture, food, art and architecture.