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Uzbekistan recommended for traveling by American Online Platform: Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand
17 January 2024
Uzbekistan recommended for traveling by American Online Platform: Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand

A well-known American online platform about lifestyle “InsideHook” published an illustrated article about Uzbekistan, recommending our country as a must-travel destination for everyone.

Stunning photos of the architectural monuments of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva along with the descriptive article about these ancient cities of Uzbekistan doubtlessly encourage readers to take a trip to Uzbekistan for its fascinating history and culture.

The article by Charukesi Ramadurai names Uzbekistan “A stunning Silk Road country that should be in one’s travel list”, reminding that once the country was located right in the center of the ancient Great Silk Road, connecting merchants from all over the world, trading between China and Mediterranean.

The author beautifully describes the historical cities of Uzbekistan, talking about the “dazzling monuments decorated with tiles of a dozen shades of blue”  in Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva, giving tips on how to travel around Uzbekistan cities quickly and easily by using Afrosiyob high-speed train.

Instead of staying long in the capital of Uzbekistan, Tashkent city, Ramadurai suggests taking a flight to Urgench, from where you can get to the ancient city of Khiva within an hour drive. “Everything that is worth seeing in Khiva — and that means more than 60 monuments and museums — is contained within the Ichan Kala. This isolation makes it something of a living museum, but with souvenir shops and craft studios rubbing shoulders with splendid palaces and sacred mosques” – writes the author describing the Silk Road ancient city.

The ancient monuments of Khiva then are counted by the author, including Muhammad Amin Khan Madrasah, Kalta Minor tower, Kuhna Ark, Juma Mosque, The Pahlavon Mahmud Mausoleum, Tosh Havli Palace and others.

Talking about the ancient city of Bukhara, the journalist accents that Bukhara was selected as the most complete example of a medieval city in Central Asia. ”Bukhara hides some of the most interesting monuments of the age. Apart from the usual suspects, there are also a handful of ancient trading domes, where souvenir and craft shops now beckon travelers much the same way mounds of silks and spices did a few centuries ago” - writes Charukesi Ramadurai.

Po-i-Kalon Ensemble, Kalyan Mosque, Bolo Hauz, Ismail Samani Mausoleum, Lyabi Hauz Complex, Kukeldash Madrasah and other historical attractions of the ancient city are then described with their colorful photos to inspire the readers to take a trip to Bukhara as they visit Uzbekistan.

Samarkand was praised in the article for having some of the most magnificent monuments travelers will see on their trip to Uzbekistan. “Unlike Khiva and Bukhara though, where the past is secreted away in one corner, this is very much a modern city with traffic snarls and concrete buildings that belie its 2,500-year-old history” – states the author.

Ancient monuments of Samarkand, such as Shahi Zinda, Gur-e-Amir, Registan Square, and Bibi Khanum Mosque come one by one in the article, decorated with beautiful photos of Samakand’s attractions.

Speaking about Uzbek food to the audience, the author says “It’s almost illegal to leave Uzbekistan without trying the national dish of plov — mildly spiced rice cooked with fatty beef, onions, yellow carrots and, occasionally, raisins”,  highlighting Samarqand Pilaf specifically.  

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The article provides detailed information about the sights of Uzbekistan’s historical cities, as well as the rich Uzbek national cuisine.

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Traveling from Tashkent to Khiva in 7 hours becomes possible with new project of Uzbekistan Railways

Experts of Uzbekistan Railways called the electrification of the Bukhara-Urgench-Khiva railway line one of the factors for improving the tourism potential of Uzbekistan and increasing the economic growth.

21 February 2022
Book-Albums “Cultural Legacy of Uzbekistan in the World Collections” to be published

The World Society for the Study, Preservation and Popularization of the Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan plans the publication of a series book-albums named “Cultural Legacy of Uzbekistan in World Collections”, dedicated to the folk arts and crafts items stored in the museum collections of Great Britain.

06 July 2021
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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